Just Wars, Unjust Wars, and Everything In Between COMMENT
Just cause? War as a last resort? Proportionality of means? No civilian targets? Right conduct? How closely do recent wars come to fitting the criteria for just war theory? Walter Dorn ranks the experts’ responses.
Civil Resistance Beats Violence: The Verdict is In COMMENT
Civil resistance campaigns have been twice as successful as violent uprisings at bringing political change. Erica Chenoweth shares her research with Metta Spencer.
Smart vs. Dumb Sanctions
Sanctions that target potential bomb makers are smart. Those that harm innocent civilians are counterproductive and should be abandoned, writes David Cortright.
Can We Fix Canada’s Flawed Cluster Bomb Treaty Legislation?
Canada has signed but not ratified the Cluster Munitions Convention, and is now trying to override some of the treaty’s core provisions. Robin Collins reports on what was said (and not said) at this fall’s Senate hearings.
False Memories of the War of 1812
The beginning of a nation’s long and proud military history, or a bloody and senseless conflict? Jamie Swift and Ian McKay, authors of Warrior Nation: Rebranding Canada in an Age of Anxiety, take a critical look at the bicentennial propaganda war.
Who is Impeding Disarmament?
In the first of our articles on the economics of war, Dr. Hippu Salk Kristle Nathan highlights a central problem: five of the world’s top six arms exporters are the permanent members of the UN Security Council.
Military Spending Versus Development
A summary of the International Peace Bureau’s report on military spending and the UN’s development agenda.
Why Nuclear Disarmament Has Not Yet Been Achieved
The Doomsday Clock now stands at 5 minutes to midnight, but enlightened self-interest (fuelled by the economic crisis) may yet bring governments back to the nuclear negotiating table. We need both confidence and patience, argues Hon. Douglas Roche, OC.
A Village Faces its Destruction
Smadar Carmon writes of the campaign to save the Palestinian village of Susiya, threatened with demolition for the sixth time in recent memory.
Health and Security COMMENT
Canada has fallen far behind other OECD states on key indicators like infant mortality and early childhood education. Ron Shirtliff reports on recent talks by Dennis Raphael and Ursula Franklin.
Newsworthy: Mid-East WMD Talks Cancelled; Parliamentarians Meet in Quebec City; Basel is Peace HQ; Hooray for Ray; Beware Frozen Methane; What about an oil spill?; Should Arctic be a No-Fly Zone?; Antarctic Ice Increasing
Review: Marcello Di Cintio _Walls: Travels along the Barricades, reviewed by Ken Simons