Undeclared war is real war: WW editorial

first_imgThe White House and the Pentagon, with their totally illegal assassination of Iran’s leading general, Qassem Soleimani, have opened up a new era of confrontation that could plunge the Middle East into more war, suffering and devastation. As the U.S. rushes thousands more troops to the area, the cost of war in both human lives and dollars for the Pentagon and its military contractors keeps mounting.According to the  U.S. Constitution, only Congress has the power to declare war. This was reaffirmed by the War Powers Act of 1973, during the U.S. war in Vietnam.The Democrats currently have a majority in the House while Republicans control the Senate, the more powerful of the two and long considered a millionaires’ club. How are they responding to the recent usurpation of power by the executive branch of the government?A few young, newly elected Democrats in the House like Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, as well as Bernie Sanders in the Senate, have strongly condemned Trump’s move and called for getting U.S. troops out. They reflect the fact that the prospect of more undeclared wars is deeply unpopular in this country.The Democratic Party leaders, however, have a history of backing every imperialist war of the past. “Hey, hey, LBJ, how many kids did you kill today?” was a favorite slogan of anti-war protesters during the Vietnam War — a thoroughly bipartisan disaster.Will the Democratic Party leaders limit themselves to playing to public opinion and criticizing Trump where that gets them votes? What about taking a stand by demanding that Congress reassert its right under the Constitution as the sole body empowered to declare war? The U.S. government, with bipartisan support, has waged wars around the world for generations – without ever declaring war.The Korean War of 1950-53 — with its scorched-earth destruction inflicted on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea — killed millions of Koreans and nearly 40,000 U.S. troops, according to official figures. Congress never declared war. The Pentagon called it a “police action.”More than 3.4 million people died in the Vietnam War. The overwhelming majority were Vietnamese. Nearly 60,000 U.S. soldiers also died. Congress never declared war.The U.S. has been bombing countries in the Middle East and sending young soldiers to their deaths there for decades. Congress has never declared war.The Democratic Party has a majority in the House of Representatives. It could demand that the government live up to the Constitution and not attack other countries without a declaration of war. Such a demand could be the opening wedge of a broader struggle NOT to go to war, declared or undeclared.The undeclared war that devastated Vietnam became so unpopular that in 1973 Congress passed the War Powers Act, restating the requirement that a president get approval from Congress before committing the U.S. to an armed conflict.However, as the New York Times pointed out on Jan. 7, “Congress’s control over decisions about going to war has been eroding for generations, and administrations of both parties have established precedents that undercut the resolution as a meaningful check on presidential war-making authority.”For the peoples of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya and Yemen, wars promoted by the U.S., whether declared or undeclared, are real. They have killed millions and reduced vast sections of these lands to rubble. This area, which includes North Africa, had once been described in the West — the imperialist countries of Europe and North America — as the cradle of civilization. For centuries, these societies existed together in relative peace. Many shared a religion — Islam — as a buffer against the Christian Europeans. But in the 18th and 19th centuries, Britain and France invaded these resource-rich areas and turned them into lucrative colonies. Germany tried to seize control over them in World War II, but lost. After that war, the anti-colonial struggle liberated them from at least direct political control by the weakened colonial powers. For decades since then, U.S. imperialism has been trying to recolonize them — in essence, if not in name. Its brazen assassination of Soleimani is part of that effort.The only answer to this brutal history is to rebuild a united, working-class anti-war movement here, independent of both capitalist political parties. It will draw its strength instead from the millions in this country eager to fight exploitation, repression, racism, sexism, xenophobia, injustice and inequality, while building solidarity against imperialism and war.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more


first_imgFormer Donegal minor star Danny Rodgers was in reflective mood today after he helped Keadue Rovers FC earn a share of the spoils against Bonagee United.This time last year Rodgers played for Donegal in the All-Ireland minor final which they narrowly lost to Kerry.Rodgers was also eligible to play for the Donegal minors again this year and had aspirations they could go one better. Many had felt Donegal had the squad to go on and win another Ulster title and possibly an All-Ireland.However, Declan Bonner’s side fell to a shock defeat to Derry in the Ulster MFC semi-final and exited the competition.Derry went on to win Ulster but lost their semi-final to eventual winners Kerry who today completely destroyed Tipperary.Rodgers played the full ninety minutes for Keadue on a wet miserable day at Central Park and tweeted that the joys of the Donegal League beats Croker every time! Rodgers tweeted, “Grinding out a 4-4 result with Keadue beats playing in Croker any day!PLAYING IN THE DONEGAL LEAGUE BEATS CROKER EVERY TIME – SAYS DONEGAL MINOR STAR was last modified: September 20th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:newsSportlast_img read more

Mawejje recalled as Basena names team to face Ghana

first_imgTony Mawejje will feature in the Cranes team as Uganda takes on Ghana. Photo by Shaban Lubega.FOOTBALL–Interim coach Moses Basena has named a squad of 33 players to start preparations for the Uganda Cranes Regional tour of Northern Uganda and the 2018 FUFA World Cup Qualifier against Ghana.Murushid Jjuuko and Khalid Aucho donot appear on the squad due to suspension after accumulating two yellow cards each.The most notable name to appear on the list is FK Tirana’s Tony Mawejja who has been away from the national team since the AFCON tournament in Gabon.With the suspension of holding midfielder Khalid Aucho, it comes as no suprise that Mawejje has joined the fold that he has always featured in since 2007.The Cranes will play in Lira, Northern Uganda on September 30 and October 7 against Ghana at Mandela National stadium, Namboole.‘The training starts on Wednesday September 27, 2017 at 4pm at Namboole stadium under the guidance of Basena and his technical team. The coach will reduce his squad based on the arrival of foreign based players in camp,” FUFA communication manager Ahmed Hussein said.‘The players named will also get involved in the Uganda Cranes regional tour of Northern Uganda which will be the final tour of the year,” Hussein added.The Squad:Goalkeepers:Denis Onyango, Benjamin Ochan, Isma Watenga, Tom IkaraDefenders:Denis Iguma, Nicholas Wadada, Godfrey Walusimbi, Isaac Muleme, Isaac Isinde, Muwanga Bernard, Hassan Wasswa, Timothy Awany, Adriko John.Midfielders:Tony Mawejje, Geoffrey Kizito, Mutyaba Muzamiru, Masiko Tom, Ivan Ntege, Ochaya Joseph, Miya Farooq,Kagimu Shafiq, Paul Mucureezi, Gadaffi Gardinho,Okot Fred, Ibrahim Kayiwa, Tadeo Lwanga.Fowards:Luwagga Kizito, Karisa Milton, okwi Emmanuel,Idrisa Lubega, Derick Nsibambi, Nelson Senkatuka, Geoffrey Sserunkuma.Commentslast_img read more

Why the Warriors need to keep a close eye on the Anthony Davis trade saga

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceAnthony Davis wants out of New Orleans and the Golden State Warriors are always keen to acquire top talent.Normally, I’d say to let your imagination run wild — but anyone who expects the Brow to be heading to NorCal anytime soon is in for a big disappointment.The timing simply isn’t right for the Dubs. If the Warriors were ever to trade for Davis, they’d have to do so before the NBA’s trade deadline in nine …last_img read more

SA to commercialise electric car

first_img10 November 2010 Initiatives are under way to commercialise the Joule, a South African developed electric car, Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said during a G8 ministerial conference on global environment and energy in transport in Rome. The brainchild of Cape Town-based company Optimal Energy, the Joule debuted at the Paris Motor Show in October 2008 and has since received a facelift at the Milan-based Zagato Total Design Centre. “This project will have broader spillover effects, including the creation of a legislative and regulatory environment to allow the operation of electric vehicles, relevant testing infrastructure for electric vehicles, local manufacturing for domestic and global markets, initiation of charging infrastructure and educational campaigns on electric vehicles.” SAinfo reporter and BuaNews “South Africa has developed and is implementing a number of measures in the development and use of cleaner alternative fuels,” Ndebele said. The prototype phase of the battery-operated six-seater is now complete, and the necessary modifications have been made. Ndebele told G8 ministers in Rome this week that the project was part of South Africa’s plan to move towards a low-carbon economy across all modes of transport. “Our automotive sector would be profoundly affected by the long-term shift from the internal combustion engine to cleaner technologies, such as electric vehicles,” Nedeble said.center_img But before the commercial version hits the streets, further refinements and feedback from consumers and the media will be incorporated into a test fleet, which will be hand-built, like the prototype, by Hi-Tech Automotive in Port Elizabeth. The Joule is expected to go into full-scale production at the end of 2013, to appear on South African showroom floors in mid-2014. Test fleet on the way As part of its energy supply interventions, South Africa phased out leaded petrol in 2006. “These measures entail high-level coordination with relevant government departments, investors and development finance institutions, to ensure a coherent and coordinated approach to the development of the sector.” Powering towards a ‘green’ economylast_img read more

World-class food factory in South Africa

first_imgUnilever South Africa’s new R670-millionsavoury foods factory, complete withoutstanding green credentials, is one ofthe largest private investments in SouthAfrica in recent years.(Image: Unilever) By 2015, Unilever’s Lifebuoy soap brandaims to change the hygiene behaviour ofa billion consumers across Asia, Africaand Latin America by promoting thebenefits of hand washing with soap.(Image: Unilever) MEDIA CONTACTS • Elizabeth PretoriusCommunications DirectorUnilever+27 31 570 3711RELATED ARTICLES• Top green rating for SA building • Coke launches ‘green’ factory, bottle • Africa’s greenest hotel for Cape Town • Nedbank achieves carbon neutrality • VW builds R500m ‘green’ press shop Wilma den HartighUnilever South Africa’s new R670-million (US$83.6 million) state-of-the-art savoury foods factory, complete with outstanding green credentials, has been endorsed as one of the largest private investments in South Africa in recent years.The plant’s manufacturing capacity makes it Unilever’s largest dry food plant in the world.Unilever South Africa is one of the country’s largest fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies and its products are well known in households across the region.Unilever operates in nine product categories – laundry, savoury and dressings, skincare and cleansing, margarine, deodorants, household care, tea, hair care and ice cream – and is the market leader in seven of these categories.The new facility will allow the group to increase its production capacity significantly. It has been designed to produce 65 000 tons of product per year and has an expansion capability of up to 100 000 tons.The 22 000 square metre factory, situated in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, is equivalent to three football fields and is situated on 78 000 square metres of land.The factory will produce products sold under the Aromat, Knorr, Knorrox, Rajah and Robertson’s brands. It is in its start-up phase and will be in full production by the first quarter of 2012.Bolstering South Africa’s manufacturing reputationThe new facility’s location in South Africa is a major economic boost for the local economy.At the official opening, trade and industry minister Rob Davies said that the plant showcases South Africa’s manufacturing capability. It also shows that big business has confidence in South Africa as an investment destination.The new facility, named Indonsa (isiZulu, meaning “morning star”), is Unilever’s second largest plant in the world and its fifth plant in South Africa. Globally, Unilever operates 250 plants and sells about 170-billion products in 180 countries annually.Greening productionIndonsa is the first facility of its kind for the Unilever group and South Africa’s first green manufacturing plant.According to figures supplied by Unilever’s chief supply chain officer, Pier-Luigi Sigismondi, the group wants to reduce its global carbon dioxide emissions from manufacturing and logistics by over 40% by 2020 from its 1995 baseline, at a rate of almost 5% a year.In a media release Marijn van Tiggelen, chairman of Unilever South Africa, said that the technology used at the Indonsa plant sets new global standards in responsible and sustainable dry food production.Meeting new consumer demandsThe new facility will also make it possible for Unilever to cater for changing consumer demands. According to Sigismondi, there is a growing global demand for sustainably-sourced products.Carbon reduction is achieved through energy efficient controlled zoned lighting and innovative insulation methods that reduce heat loads from the sun. This reduces the need for air conditioning.Highly efficient motors drive mixers and air compressors, a strategy that is proving to substantially reduce energy requirement levels.The new factory also comes complete with rain harvesting technology that captures rain water from the building’s 22 000 square meter roof. The water is channelled into a 1.5 million-litre tank, treated and added to the facility’s recycled water reserves.The plant’s smart water efficiency technology has helped Unilever to recover 70% of all water used in production processes. It has also reduced the facility’s reliance on municipal water.All process and shower water is recycled using biological and reverse osmosis treatment.Indonsa’s solid waste is also recycled by using recoverable packaging materials. No solid waste goes to landfill sites and certain types of product waste is used for composting in local gardens that support needy communities.Any excess waste leftover is converted by a waste energy plant and the energy produced is fed back into the national energy grid.Global Unilever Sustainable Living PlanThe facility was constructed in keeping with the global Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP), launched in November 2010.Unilever hopes to make a difference beyond the factory gate by reducing its footprint across the entire lifecycle of its products.The goal of the USLP programme is to reduce the environmental impact of all Unilever products by 50%, and to source 100% of its agricultural raw materials sustainably.Also part of the plan is to help more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being through use of its products that have clear health benefits.By 2020, Unilever will use globally recognised dietary guidelines to double the percentage of its portfolio that meets the highest nutritional standards, helping many people to achieve a healthier diet.By 2015, Unilever’s Lifebuoy soap brand aims to change the hygiene behaviour of a billion consumers across Asia, Africa and Latin America by promoting the benefits of hand washing with soap.Unilever is ranked as one of the country’s best employers, best FMCG employer and best large sized employer.last_img read more

2017 OCA meeting and banquet set goals and highlighted award winners

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association gathered for another fantastic meeting where they hashed out policy, recognized award winners and set goals for 2017.OCA president Joe Foster discussed the accomplishments of the organization in the last year and highlights from the meeting.“One of the high points was a new dues structure for student members. We are going to try to engage some of the college level students and get them more involved in the organization,” Foster said. “We are coming off a record membership last year. We are down just a few from last year but are very comparable to last year and we’re confident we will have another record year in 2017.”The group also heard from Kendal Frazier, CEO of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, on the national outlook for 2017.“We’re going to be focused on the new Trump Administration and the new Congress. We will be working on regulations like Waters of the United States that the EPA put out. We are hopeful the Trump Administration will pull that back. Taxes will be something we will be very interested in. The Administration has indicated that they want to do tax reform. We’d like to repeal the estate tax, which is a long-standing goal of the NCBA,” Frazier said. “Trade will be a big issue for us too. We export 13% of U.S. beef production overseas and that is worth $250 per head on fed cattle. It is very important to us. We’re anxious to sit down and talk to the Administration about what the trade strategy will be. He has basically said that we should renegotiate NAFTA and Mexico and Canada are two of the most important markets for U.S. beef. He has said he does not support the Trans Pacific Partnership. In America, we export 27% of all agricultural production. If he does not support these trade deals, what is the trade strategy for agriculture? Trade has deep roots in rural America and those are the conversations we will be interested in having with the Trump Administration.”He said the key positions in the Trump Administration for the NCBA are the Secretary of Agriculture, Secretary of Interior, the U.S. trade representative, and the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.“American agriculture will have to continue to speak out to accomplish the interests of rural America,” Frazier said. “Rural America did support Trump for a number of reasons and we look forward to the new positions being confirmed so we can go in, sit down with them and talk about the issues that are important to the beef industry.”The OCA also recognized another great group of award winners. Pat Hord and Dave Neef of Hord Livestock in Crawford County were recognized with the Environmental Stewardship Award. The Hord family is in its fifth generation of farming hogs, cattle and grain with a dedication to environmental care.The Vollborn Family from Gallia County was honored with the Commercial Producer of the Year Award for four generations of cattle production and the tireless work with the current herd of Angus and Charolais genetics.Dave Felumlee and family with Claylick Run Angus Genetics in Licking County were recognized with the Seedstock Producer of the Year Award. After graduating from Ohio State University with a degree in agricultural economics and working briefly as a nutritionist, Dave came home to farm with his dad full time in 1996. David had gradually expanded his Angus herd since 1983, and in 1998 he bought all his dad’s beef cows and took over management of the farm’s beef operation.J.L. Draganic of Fayette County was named the Young Cattleman of the Year. He works full time for Ricketts Farm, Inc., and he and his wife, Jessica, own Paint Creek Cattle, an Angus-based cow-calf operation in South Solon.Stan Smith with Fairfield County Extension received the Industry Service Award. His duties include education in all areas of natural resources including agriculture and horticulture production. He also serves as editor of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter, a weekly publication of the OSU Extension Beef Team since 1996.Tom and Susie Turner were the recipients of the Industry Excellence Award for their dedication to Ohio beef producers and the work on their Perry County Shorthorn operation, Turner Shorthorns. As a professor at Ohio State, Tom coached 32 intercollegiate livestock judging teams that included 266 students and is the longest serving coach in the 105 year history of the program at Ohio State and the second longest in the U.S. He has judged livestock around the world and was a crucial part of the development of OCA’s popular BEST program. Joe Foster Kendal Frazier, Chief Executive Officer for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Dave Felumlee and family with Claylick Run Angus Genetics in Licking County were recognized with the Seedstock Producer of the Year Award presented by Mark Butzow of “Farm World.” Pat Hord and Dave Neef of Hord Livestock in Crawford County were recognized with the Environmental Stewardship Award presented by “In Ohio Country Today.” J.L. Draganic of Fayette County was named the Young Cattleman of the Year presented by Jennifer Kiel of the “Ohio Farmer.” The Vollborn Family from Gallia County was honored with the Commercial Producer of the Year Award presented by Susan Crowell, Editor of the “Farm and Dairy.” Tom and Susie Turner were the recipients of the Industry Excellence Award presented by Andrew Flinn of Brownfield Ag News. Stan Smith with Fairfield County Extension received the Industry Service Award presented by Matt Reese of “Ohio’s Country Journal.”last_img read more

Getting Started in Green

first_imgBuilders downsize square footage and learn from their mistakesSince the 1970s, Jim and Mark Picton have been building houses for wealthy clients in Washington Depot, CT. “Five thousand square feet was the basic size of the houses we built,” says Mark. “The biggest one was around 14,000 square feet.”In recent years the brothers have felt a vague yet growing discomfort about the money and resources used for their projects. “I became very aware of the waste stream,” says Jim. “And I watched all of the materials that went into the Dumpsters because someone happened to change their mind about something that was just built.”The brothers had some success persuading their customers to build smarter. When one customer decided to re-side a 1900 building on his estate, they talked him into insulating the building as part of the job. “We’d push energy efficiency,” says Jim, “but for some of our customers, who had not just second but third and fourth homes, it was a hard sell.”In 2007, Picton Brothers LLC made a conscious decision to change the way they built houses and started planning a 1,700-square-foot structure on some land they owned. They planned to build the house to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Homes guidelines and shoot for the highest possible rating.Picton Brothers had always been quality builders and Jim and Mark were pleased that lots of their carpentry processes were within LEED guidelines.When word of their new project got out, some of their former clients were intrigued. One donated cedar from a 1970s Lindal Cedar Homes house that was being razed. The material that would have otherwise gone into a Dumpster was reused for a deck on the new house.The brothers agree that they learned a lot from their first green house, and there are some things they will do differently next time. They’ve always tried to impress upon their clients the importance of nailing down all the details before a project begins, but for their first green project, they didn’t heed their own advice. For instance, after the foundation was well under way, they decided to increase the house’s insulation by sheathing the exterior with rigid foam. That decision added to the exterior wall’s thicknesses and changed door and window jambs as well as thresholds.On their next project they will spend time with the subcontractor discussing the house and getting technical assistance before beginning. LEED awards points for staging a design charette with participants from all the trades before construction starts. “We finished the design and then called in the subs,” Mark says. “If we’d been thinking more about the house as a system, we would have gotten everyone involved sooner.”Other difficulties came from getting qualified materials for the project. They found that many of their suppliers didn’t know the source of the materials they carried. The brothers ended up buying drywall from Pennsylvania—several states away—because they could verify the percentage of recycled material in it.Jim and Mark couldn’t be happier with their green-built home, and they hope that in the future their company can go all green. But at the same time, they are being realistic about market demands. “We’ve got our crews to keep busy,” Mark says. “They have families to feed.”In September an Energy Star rater used a blower door to test the house for air leaks. “He said Capes like ours often have air leaks equivalent to an opening the size of a couple of double-hung windows,” says Jim. “Ours has the equivalent of a small postcard.”The Pictons got their platinum LEED rating in October. Next will be marketing the house and it’s 13 acres, and holding open-house tours, for which they can get additional LEED points. Knowing the proclivities of the area’s wealthy clientele, Jim suspects someone will buy it to use as a guesthouse for a larger building on the property, which, fingers crossed, they want to build green too. Mark has hopes that they’ll find a buyer who will understand that 1,700 square feet is the perfect size. “What people have to realize is that a big part of going green is going lean,” he says. A GBA case study of this house provides more construction details.last_img read more