Slutt på norsk våpeneksport og dobbelmoral – det endar nok aldri under kapitalismen? – Del II

Ingen ytterligere stans i norsk våpeneksport til den Saudi-ledede koalisjonen i Jemen

Stortingsflertallet sier nei til forslaget om å stanse norsk våpeneksport til alle land i den Saudi-ledede koalisjonen i Jemen. – Risikerer at norske våpen blir brukt til å begå krigsforbrytelser.

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VOLDSOM KRIG: Siden våren 2015 har en saudi-ledet koalisjon kriget mot det Iran-støttede houti-regimet, som har kontrollen over hovedstaden Sanaa og områder vest i Jemen. Norge har solgt A- og B-materiell til Emiratene, noe de har høstet sterk kritikk for. Nå suspenderer Norge salg av A-materiell til Emiratene. Foto: Scanpix

VOLDSOM KRIG: Siden våren 2015 har en saudi-ledet koalisjon kriget mot det Iran-støttede houti-regimet, som har kontrollen over hovedstaden Sanaa og områder vest i Jemen. Norge har solgt A- og B-materiell til Emiratene, noe de har høstet sterk kritikk for. Nå suspenderer Norge salg av A-materiell til Emiratene. Foto: Scanpix

– Uforståelig. Nå risikerer vi at norske våpen blir brukt til å begå krigsforbrytelser, sier SVs Gina Barstad til NTB.

– Her hadde partiene en sjanse til å vise at vi setter menneskerettigheter og anstendighet først. Flertallet valgte å feige ut, fortsetter hun.

KrF slutter opp om SVs forslag, men da utenriks- og forsvarskomiteen onsdag avga innstilling til saken ble det verken flertall for stans i eksport av forsvarsmateriell eller en gransking av eksporten som allerede har funnet sted.

Stanset salg til Emiratene

19. desember i fjor – elleve dager etter at utenriksminister Ine Eriksen Søreide (H) forsikret Stortinget om at det ikke var grunn til bekymring – valgte regjeringen å stanse all eksport av våpen og ammunisjon til De forente arabiske emirater.

Bakgrunnen for avgjørelsen var landets krigføring i Jemen og en mer «uoversiktlig» situasjon.

– Regjeringen stanset salg av våpen til Emiratene som deltar i krigen i Jemen i desember, først etter gjentatte varsler fra sivilsamfunnet. Det viser at regelverket for våpeneksport er altfor svakt. Nå kan Regjeringen velge å åpne for eksport igjen, sier Barstad.

Solgte for millioner

Norske våpenprodusenter solgte i 2016 våpen, ammunisjon og annet militært materiell for over 100 millioner kroner til De forente arabiske emirater, som anklages for krigsforbrytelser i Jemen.

Eksporten fortsatte i 2017, og både Søreide og hennes forgjenger Børge Brende (H) har forsikret at det ikke er noe som tyder på at norsk krigsmateriell har vært benyttet i Jemen.

Men VG omtalte på nyåret en propagandavideo fra Houthi-opprørerne som viser hvordan en norskprodusert undervannsdrone av typen Remus 600, med et tydelig Kongsberg Maritime-merke på siden, ble funnet utenfor kysten av landet.

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Slutt på norsk våpeneksport og dobbelmoral – det endar nok aldri under kapitalismen?

Kronikk: Slutt på våpeneksport til Emiratene, men fritt frem for resten

Norges stans i våpeneksporten til De forente arabiske emirater sender et viktig signal til hele verden. Nå må myndighetene stanse salget til de andre krigførende landene også.

KRIGENS OFRE: Den tusen dager lange konflikten i Jemen har ført til verdens verste humanitære krise, og hungersnøden rammer sju millioner mennesker, ifølge FN. Bildet er tatt på et hospital i havnebyen Hodeidah den 17.desember. Nå må all våpeneksport til landene som deltar i krigen stanses, skriver kronikkforfatterne.

Foto: ABDO HYDER / AFP

Onsdag kom en etterlengtet beskjed fra regjeringen: Norge har endelig stanset salg av A-materiell, som våpen og ammunisjon, til De forente arabiske emirater på grunn av deres krigføring i Jemen. Dette er fantastisk nytt.

Nå må norske myndigheter stå løpet helt ut og stanse all forsvarsrelatert eksport til alle landene som deltar i krigen.

Beslutningen fungerer forhåpentligvis også som en beskjed til de landene som fortsatt selger våpen i stor stil til landene i den saudiledede koalisjonen. Ansvaret for at militært utstyr ikke brukes på en måte som bryter humanitærretten, ligger ikke kun på den som bruker utstyret. Selger har også et ansvar. Når et land ikke evner å beskytte sivile og respektere humanitærretten, så skal ikke Norge forsyne dem med utstyret de trenger for å bryte krigens regler.

Stans all eksport til partene i krigen

Krigen i Jemen har nå vart i over 1000 dager. I over to år har Redd Barna og Changemaker bedt om at Norge fører en ansvarlig våpeneksport overfor landene som kriger i Jemen. Våre krav har vært tydelige hele veien: Stans salget. Gransk eksporten som allerede har funnet sted. Hold de krigførende partene, som alle er skyldige i å ha begått grove forbrytelser mot barn, til ansvar.

Stans salget. Gransk eksporten.

Det har vært gjentatte tilfeller av brudd på humanitærretten fra koalisjonens side, med bombing av skoler og sykehus og innføringen av en blokade som rammer store deler av Jemens befolkning. Likevel er den norske eksporten av forsvarsmateriell og strategiske varer blitt femdoblet siden krigens start.

Stortinget må gå lengre

Regjeringen skriver selv at beslutningen om å stanse eksport av A-materiell er «uttrykk for en streng føre-var linje». Det er vi uenige i. Eksportstansen kommer på overtid, og Regjeringen går heller ikke langt nok – salg av øvrig forsvarsmateriell og strategiske varer fortsetter. Det hviler derfor et stort ansvar på Stortingets utenrikskomité: 17. januar skal komiteen komme med sin innstilling på en rekke forslag om eksportstans. De har mulighet til å gå lenger enn Regjeringen har gjort.

Stortinget bør kreve å bli løpende orientert om regjeringens praksis.

Har vi først sagt A, så bør vi også si B. I tillegg til å utvide eksportstansen til å gjelde alt materiell og alle landene i konflikten, bør Stortinget kreve å bli løpende orientert om regjeringens praksis rundt eksport til disse landene. I 2016 innførte regjeringen stans i salg av ammunisjon til Emiratene, et salg som ble gjenopptatt i mars 2017 uten at Stortinget ble informert. Dette må ikke skje igjen.

Behov for gransking

Stortinget må også be om en gransking av den eksporten som allerede har funnet sted, for å bekrefte eller avkrefte om noe norsk utstyr har blitt brukt i Jemen. Tirsdag meldte VG at houthi-opprørerne har funnet en ubåt med Kongsberg Gruppens logo på vestkysten av Jemen. Opprørerne hevder at ubåten tilhører den saudiledede koalisjonen. Våpeneksperten N.R. Janzen-Jones uttaler i samme sak at annet materiell fra Norge er identifisert inne i Jemen.

Norges ikke-eksisterende føre-var linje og nekt om å granske egen eksport har feilet.

Dersom dette stemmer er det en rekke nye spørsmål som krever svar: Hvordan har en ubåt fra Kongsberg Gruppen – utstyr som etter alle solemerker bør være omfattet av «verdens strengeste våpenregelverk» – funnet veien til vestkysten av Jemen, landet FN kaller verdens verste humanitære katastrofe? Hvilket annet norsk utstyr er funnet i Jemen?

Norges ikke-eksisterende føre-var linje og nekt om å granske egen eksport har feilet. Det burde ikke vært nødvendig å vente på å finne norsk materiell i en av verdens verste kriger før Regjeringen foretar seg noe, men her er vi.

Om to uker har Stortingets utenrikskomité mulighet til å ta ansvar, både for dagens eksport og ved å sikre at regelverket forhindrer slik eksport i fremtiden.

Først da kan Norge sies å være sitt ansvar bevisst.

Tuva Krogh Widskjold Leder i Changemaker
Line Hegna Kommunikasjonssjef i Redd Barna

 

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See the Story when North Korea Capture a US Vessel in 1968

North Korea’s Capture of the USS Pueblo Still Resonates

History of U.S.-North Korean Relations

On Jan. 23, 1968, North Korea seized a U.S. Navy ship that had allegedly strayed into its territorial waters. Fifty years later, as tensions flare between Washington and Pyongyang, we are republishing this column from January 2015 that recounts a visit to the captured vessel.

Read the fascinating story on my page

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Turkey intensifies Afrin Assault

«Relentless» shelling as Turkey intensifies Afrin push

Ground operation advances east in Syria’s Azaz as Turkish jets hit mountain strategic for Kurds, state media says.

Turkey's military operation against Kurdish fighters in Syria is currently in its third day [AP]
Turkey’s military operation against Kurdish fighters in Syria is currently in its third day [AP]

The Turkish army has intensified an offensive against Syrian Kurdish positions in the enclave of Afrin, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said there would be no «stepping back» in Ankara’s operation, now in its third day.

Anadolu, Turkey’s state-run news agency, reported on Monday that Turkish forces continued to shell Kurdish-held areas in northwestern Syria in support of Free Syrian Army (FSA) forces, who are on the ground in Afrin fighting alongside Turkish troops.

Al Jazeera’s Stefanie Dekker, reporting from the Turkish-Syrian border near Afrin, said that «relentless, heavy shelling and artillery fire» could be heard kilometres away from the centre of the operation.

Turkish jets also hit targets at Afrin’s Bursaya Mountain, which holds «strategic importance» for the Kurdish fighters, Anadolu said.

Turkey claims Kurdish forces are using Bursaya to target civilians in the Turkish province of Kilis.

Ground forces also advanced east of Afrin, in Syria’s Azaz district, according to Anadolu.

Meanwhile, YPG fighters claimed they were able to repel the advance of Ankara-backed FSA forces and Turkish troops in four villages in two districts of Afrin.

Ankara says its «Olive Branch» operation is aimed at ousting the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which it brands as «terrorists», and create a so-called «safe zone» 30km deep to protect its border.

France has called for a UN Security Council meeting later on Monday to discuss developments in flashpoint areas in war-torn Syria, including the Turkish operation.

Earlier on Monday, Erdogan said the Turkish army was determined to press ahead with its push, saying that «there is no stepping back from Afrin».

Turkey is trying to create a 30-km «safe zone» within Syria to protect its own border [Anadolu]

Afrin residents told Al Jazeera’s Dekker that while some women and children had fled to Aleppo, many others remained holed up in the city.

On Sunday, the YPG reported that six civilians and three fighters had been killed.

On the Turkish side, one person was reportedly killed and two others injured in the province of Hatay on Monday, following a cross-border YPG attack, according to Anadolu.

A soldier was also reportedly injured, but there were no reports of any Turkish military fatalities.

Meanwhile, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Monday it was studying the possibility of sending reinforcements to the Afrin region to fight the Turkish and FSA forces.

«We are in the framework of looking at the possibility of sending more military forces to Afrin,» SDF spokesman Kino Gabriel told reporters, even as he urged Turkey to stop the operation.

The SDF is a multi-ethnic but predominantly Kurdish alliance of armed groups in Syria, and was a critical part in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group.

Turkey considers Syria’s Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed wing, the YPG, «terrorist groups» with ties to the banned Kurdistan Workers» Party (PKK), which has waged a decades-long fight inside Turkey.

Erdogan has previously said that all Kurdish armed groups «are all the same» and that changing their names «does not change the fact that they are terror organisations».

SOURCE: Al Jazeera News

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Nuclear Doomsday Clock- Trigged by «Genius» MAD (Monstrous Atomic Drop Out) People!

Pentagon Rebuked for Draft Suggesting Nuclear Response to Cyber Attacks

With new nuclear policy draft, the Pentagon is «winding the Doomsday Clock in the wrong direction.»

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A new policy draft from the Pentagon suggests the use of nuclear weapons by the U.S. in the event of non-nuclear attacks—a huge departure from decades of nuclear policy. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Anti-nuclear advocates on Wednesday denounced a draft Pentagon report pushing the use of nuclear weapons by the United States to respond to non-nuclear attacks—a major departure from the policy that’s been in place for decades.

The draft Nuclear Posture Review expands the definition of the «extreme circumstances» in which the U.S. could use nuclear force, notably suggesting that such weapons could be used in the event of cyber attacks.

«Common sense must prevail, and the U.S. must move to a world where the use of nuclear weapons is less likely, not more likely,» said Beatrice Fihn, executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), in a statement.

«There is something seriously wrong with an administration who thinks the unilateral power for one person to end the world is somehow not enough power.»—Beatrice Fihn, ICAN

«They are winding the Doomsday Clock in the wrong direction,» she added, referring to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists» symbolic measure of humanity’s proximity to nuclear  catastrophe.

The draft was released after months of escalating tensions between the U.S. and North Korea over the latter’s reported nuclear activities. Amid calls from nuclear policy experts to bring Kim Jong-un’s government to the negotiating table, President Donald Trump has responded to reports of nuclear tests by North Korea by threatening to «totally destroy» the country of 25 million people, while taunting Kim on social media.

While the U.S. and Russia hold about 93 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons, according to the Ploughshares Fund, Trump has repeatedly attacked previous administrations for allowing North Korea to proliferate nuclear weapons at all.

Meanwhile, the Nuclear Posture Review draft suggests that the U.S. is searching for ways to increase its already-significant advantage over the small, isolated country.

«These new leaks from the Pentagon show they are trying to make it easier for Donald Trump to use nuclear weapons,» said Fihn. «Does anybody seriously think it was not easy enough already? There is something seriously wrong with an administration who thinks the unilateral power for one person to end the world is somehow not enough power.»


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Nuclear Annihilation and the Wisdom of Mass Salvation

Mutually assured destruction is not wisdom. It’s playing with global holocaust.

The Atlantic, in an article about the Hawaii false alarm, quoted one scholar’s tweet of a possible scenario: “POTUS sees alert on his phone about an incoming toward Hawaii, pulls out the biscuit, turns to his military aide with the football and issues a valid and authentic order to launch nuclear weapons at North Korea. Think it can’t happen?” (Image:  tofoli.douglas/flickr/public domain)

Incoming! Incoming!

 

Uh . . . pardon me while I interrupt this false alarm to quote Martin Luther King:

“Science investigates,” he says in The Strength To Love, “religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge, which is power; religion gives man wisdom, which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals.”

These words stopped me in my tracks on MLK Day. They seemed to fill a hole in the breaking news, which never quite manages to balance power with wisdom, or even acknowledge the distinction.

Our relationship to power is unquestioned, e.g.: “In the United States itself, there are around [nuclear] 4,500 warheads, of which approximately 1,740 are deployed,” Karthika Sasikumar writes at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. “Even more worrying, around 900 of these are on hair-trigger alert, which means that they could be launched within 10 minutes of receiving a warning (which could turn out to be a false alarm). . . .

“The threat to the United States is very real, but fattening the nuclear arsenal is not a rational response. The United States already has 100 times as many warheads as North Korea. . . .”

The U.S. has enormous power, but so what? Such data is almost never addressed in the mainstream media — certainly not in the context of . . . disarmament. That concept is sealed shut, barred from the consciousness of generals and news anchors. Certainly it didn’t come up in the coverage of what happened last Saturday in Hawaii, when an employee of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency hit the wrong link on his computer screen during a shift change and an incoming-missile alert went statewide, throwing residents and tourists into 38 minutes of panic: “Children going down manholes, stores closing their doors to those seeking shelter and cars driving at high speeds . . .”

Nor did it come up three days later, when a false missile alert went off in Japan, a country with a few memories of the real thing: “Within 10 seconds the fire that wiped out the city came after us at full speed. Everyone was naked. Bodies were swelling up. Some people were so deformed I couldn’t tell if they were male or female. People died screaming, ‘Please give me water!’”

So said Emiko Okada, who was a little girl living with her family on the outskirts of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945. Her older sister, who had just left for school, disappeared that morning and was never seen again. Emiko tells her story in the remarkable 2010 documentary Atomic Mom.

In a column I wrote about the movie at the time, I asked: “What if schoolchildren stood facing not the American flag every morning before class started but a photograph of a devastated Hiroshima, shortly after it was obliterated by our atomic bomb, and pledged their allegiance to the idea that such a thing will never happen again?”

What, I wondered, if we started facing our fears instead of living in fear? To do so, we have to find wisdom in the maw of power.

What we find instead is a president who shook up the whole planet when he called Haiti and the countries of Africa shithole nations — managing, as far as I can tell, to make the word “shithole” far more acceptable to utter in public than “disarmament.”

But the monstrousness of the word isn’t that it used to be obscene, but rather that it does what so many other words do: renders a segment of humanity soulless: the enemy, and therefore expendable. Japan is now our ally, but when we nuked Hiroshima and Nagasaki, its people were Japs or Nips and without value.

Is not the first step toward wisdom when it comes to a world still preposterously armed with weapons of mass destruction a national and international commitment never to dehumanize a living soul? With such a commitment in place, the obvious next step is committing never to launch a nuclear weapon, and therefore agreeing to get rid of the ones we have and, of course, refraining from developing new, more “usable” generations of nukes.

To put it another way, mutually assured destruction is not wisdom. It’s playing with global holocaust, an outcome that may be beyond the ability of anyone, at least anyone who is not a hibakusha — an atomic bomb survivor — to imagine. Free of such paralyzing awareness, national leaders postulate how they would retaliate if attacked, as though a counterattack, killing millions more people, is in any way a sane response to a nuclear attack (or apparent attack).

The Atlantic, in an article about the Hawaii false alarm, quoted one scholar’s tweet of a possible scenario: “POTUS sees alert on his phone about an incoming toward Hawaii, pulls out the biscuit, turns to his military aide with the football and issues a valid and authentic order to launch nuclear weapons at North Korea. Think it can’t happen?”

Come on. With this president?

I think it’s time to free MLK from his day of honor and put him back at the center of the national news.

Robert C. Koehler

Robert Koehler is an award-winning, Chicago-based journalist and nationally syndicated writer. His new book, Courage Grows Strong at the Wound is now available. Contact him at koehlercw@gmail.com or visit his website at commonwonders.com.


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OOOPS: «Ballistic Missile Threat Inbound to Hawaii…This is Not a Drill»

Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard tweeted that it was a false alarm.

This is Not a DrillThis is Not a Drill

DEVELOPING…

Full-blown panic, chaos and rage are being reported after all Hawaiians received emergency alerts on their cell phones, televisions and radios Saturday morning warning that a ballistic missile attack was imminent.

Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard tweeted that it was a false alarm.

President Trump was golfing at his Trump National Golf Club in Florida near his Mar-a-Lago estate when the alert was sent.

Congresswoman Gabbard told MSNBC: “Our leaders have failed us. Donald Trump is taking too long. He’s not taking this threat seriously … This is literally life and death that is at stake.”

“The people of Hawaii just got a taste of the stark reality of what we face here of a potential nuclear strike on Hawaii,» Gabbard said during a phone interview on CNN minutes after the alert was broadcast across the islands. “This is a real threat facing Hawaii,» she said.

There was no follow-up text saying it was a false alarm until 38 minutes after the original alert.

Hawaiian Governor David Ige told CNN that someone had “pressed the wrong button” during a shift change at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.

Patrick Granfield, a former strategic communications director at the Pentagon under President Obama tweeted “thank God the President was playing golf.” Granfield posted the tweet after Hawaii officials declared the emergency alert was a false alarm.

Thank God the President was playing golf.

 

Jan 15

Jan 15

The alert system was activated by a dropdown with “test missile alert” and “missile alert” next to each other. Confusing labeling aside, this is an example of ’s UI axiom (paraphrased) “Don’t put the ejection seat button near less consequential stuff.”

Jan 14

If you think Hawaii’s Emergency Management System is bad, you should see their Birth Certificate System.

 

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«Sandra» – nytt kapittel (8)

Nytt år – og nytt kapittel

«Sandra» er forteljinga om ei jente  (Sandra) og foreldra hennar som får greie på at dottera har muskelsvinn. Dette vert naturleg nok eit sjokk for dei, men dei prøver etterkvart å gjera det beste ut av det. Det same gjer vesle Sandra, på sitt forunderlege vis. Me føljer ho framover i livet. I oppveksten med barnehage, skule og seinare på Universitet, reiser, politisk medvit, kjærleik og mangt anna. Dette er kap. 8. Kap. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 og 7 vart publisert 15. juni – 4. juli 3. august – 27. september6. november

4. desember  og 19. desember

Utdrag, kap. 8:

Det var ein bustad lik dei andre langs «hovudgata», men med ein vesentleg skilnad: nymåla i svak rosa og med flotte rutete vindauge med grøne karmar. Det var til og med råd å kome rett inn med rullestolen, såg ho, ulikt mange hus det også. Ho rulla inn og såg ei kvinne som kunne vera mor til jenta, stelle med eit kvart borte i eit hjørne av rommet. Det såg ut som ho bar på noko, kva det no var? Etter å ha vendt seg litt meir til det dimme ljoset, såg ho det. Det var eit barn, eit spedbarn. Ja, ho ville nok vise Sandra at ho hadde fenge ei lita søster, ein liten bror, tenkte Sandra og smilte. Likevel var det noko som fortalde ho at ikkje alt stemte. Var det noko med måten mora såg på ho på? Det same gjaldt den unge jenta? Ho fekk brått ei litt uggen kjensle. Men det var slett ikkje slik ho førestilte seg at det kunde vera. At barnet hadde noko form for funksjonsnedsetjing eller noko, nei, ho fekk eit sjokk etter at jenta fortalde at ho var…og at ho ikkje…Ikkje det at Sandra hadde problem med barn fødde utanfor ekteskap, heller ikkje var ho sjokkert over at det hende i Indonesia.

Gå inn på sida «Bok – Sandra» i menyen, eller klikk her

God lesing – Ivar Jørdre

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