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Rule of Law vs Reason of State: written proceedings of the Brussels Conference

For a Federalist and Democratic Rule of Law and Human Rights against the Reason of State. Written proceedings of the meeting organized by the Nonviolent Radical Party Transnational and Transparty, No Peace Without Justice and Hands Off Cain at the European Parliament and European Commission on 18-19 February 2014. [Click the cover to start download]

Fruitful conference in Brussels on Reason of State, starting from Iraq 2003

In Iraq, February ended with its increasingly heavy and tragic load of blood. According to Iraq Body Count 930 people were killed in the 28 days of February , and over 2,000 since the beginning of 2014 . As we write, armed militants stormed the municipal Council and the Court of the northern city of Samarra, taking several employees as hostages. In the UK, where the final report of the Chilcot Inquiry is expected by mid-2014, Tony Blair is under attack for his role in the phone-hacking scandal, which involved the journal News of the World , and in the negotiations that resulted in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland. In the first case, Blair offered his help,...

What Iraq and how many victims ten years after Saddam

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October has ended claiming over 1000 lives (1095) in suicide bombings, explosions and shootings. The macabre November toll has already reached 89. October 5 was the bloodiest day, as according to the organization Iraq Body Count (IBC) , 100 civilians died, 55 in Baghdad alone. On 23 and 27 October casualties were 74 for each day. IBC calculated 122,438 civilian documented deaths from 2003 until today (only 8,647 have been identified so far). Last month, the scientific journal PLOS (Public Library of Science) published the findings of a research carried out by a group of seven researchers, from the US, Canada and Iraq. The objective of the study was to determine the number of civilians who lost their lives in...

Tony Blair: "Gandhi doctrine of non-violence is passé"

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On October 7th, Tony Blair said that Mahatma Gandhi 's doctrine of non-violence is not universal in modern times. Speaking in an interview to Times of India, Blair said: " Gandhi 's philosophy can not be applied universally in the modern times" and on the Syrian crisis he said that "intervention can be uncertain, expensive and bloody but history has taught us that inaction can merely postpone the reckoning" . Gandhi 's doctrine cannot hold true in all situations. "Gandhi 's doctrine of non-violence can work in some situations but not all in present times" , Blair explained.