My Take on the P5

So today I was on a meeting for my school’s debate club. We were debating about the UN’s Security Council and their veto power. But let me explain to you what is the veto power and the Security Council.

As you may already know, the UN has several branches or committees, like the General Assembly, The Science and Technology Committee, The Economic and Social Council, The Secretariat and International Court of Justice and their most important committee, The Security Council. The Security Council is conformed of 15 members, the P5 or Permanent Five which are the ones who won WWII (USA, China, Russia, France and the UK) and 10 non permanent members which are rotated every two years. The P5 have veto power over resolutions that pass or not on the Security Council. The Security Council is the only branch of the UN that can make a country do something.

Now let me explain the veto power. Let’s suppose I take the P5 to eat, USA, UK, France, China and I want to eat McDonald’s and Russia want’s Burger King, we will all starve because one of the P5 didn’t like what the rest of the Security Council wants. In the Security Council resolutions do not pass by simple majority, If a resolution is to pass on the S.C. it need’s the unanimity of the P5 which hardly ever happens because of their own countries differences and interests.

What this creates is a state of bureaucracy in the UN and promotes Imperialism. An organization which supposedly promotes democracy acts like a dictatorship, so there are double standards here.

Some people say that they earned the right to be there by winning WWII. I think that people who think that are complete idiots and ignorants. Nobody won WWII, everybody lost. War is about who surrenders the last. In WWII they only won the liberty of their country and their people, NOT the right to rule over others. Look at the OAS, the US started it… Now it’s down to shit…

I don’t care if the P5 exist or not. What really bothers me is that goddamn veto power. It makes the whole world fall behind, It makes countries think they’re better than others, It promotes inequality, It makes the world worse. If it was for me, there would be no veto power at all.

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Bradley Manning: Over 2 Years In Prision

The day we last saw Assange he was making declarations on a balcony at the Ecuatorian embassy, the same day, Manning had over 800 days in prision. 817 to be exact. He is being held at Fort Leavenworth Penitentiary, the same prision that held Al Capone in his days.

Manning is held there for being responsible of the biggest leak in classified american warfare and diplomatic correspondance in US ever.

The government believes Manning downloaded hundreds of thousands of documents while he worked as an intelligence analyst near Baghdad during the Iraq war. The government alleges Manning handed the information to WikiLeaks which sparked tremendous controversy when it began publishing it in late summer 2010.

For the past two years, Assange has been careful to not say whether Manning was or was not the source of the information. It’s worth noting that Manning, too, has not said a word on the subject either (though a chat log published by Wired magazine, the government argues, suggests Manning is the source.)

He is facing over 20 charges and is scheduled to start his trial on September 21. He’s accused of wrongfully causing intelligence to be published on the Internet, knowing that it was accessible to the enemy and multiple counts of theft of public records. The most serious charge “aiding the enemy” makes Manning eligible for the death penalty. Prosecutors have said they’ll not seek that. Many experts on the topic say that Mr Manning may or may not be the rest of his life in prison. During Assange’s declarations he said “If he really did as he is accused, then he is a hero.”,  “an example to us all and one of the world’s foremost political prisoners.”

But Manning still fight through he’s supporters. A YouTube video shows a throng of protesters outside Obama’s Oakland Campaign office doors. They played instruments and chanted, “We want freedom for Bradley Manning!”

Link to Assange’s declaration video

USA vs SYRIA: Not a war… Yet…

 *Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad

On a press conference, President of the United Sates, Barack Obama said that Bashar Al-Assad should listen to the United States warnings not to use of move any chemical or biological weapons and cross the “red line” and force a U.S. military response.

Obama said that they don’t wan’t that biological weapons fall in wrong hands. The president added that U.S. officials are carefully monitoring the situation and they have ideated a number of contingency plans.

I agree with these actions taken by President Obama. Although I’d hate to say this since I have inclinations to a “left party”, I think that this is one of the few things The United States does to protect the world. Yes, they may have started a war in the middle-east to satisfy their own selfish needs, this is a way of making us know that they aren’t so bad after all.

A world war with relatively deadlier weapons would end with humanity.

Israeli President Shimon Peres has said his country too is preparing contingency plans to attack Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal if Israel is directly threatened. In September 2007, Israeli jets bombed a building in Syria that the U.N. nuclear agency eventually concluded was “very likely a nuclear reactor.”

Obama’s warning on Monday came as Muslims in Syria celebrated the second of three days of feasting to honor the end of the holy month of Ramadan, the holiday’s message of amity and tolerance contrasted sharply with reality.

At least 122 people were killed Monday, including two children and their mother in Daraa, the Local Coordination Committees of Syria opposition group said. It was truly horrible, but It’s their governments responsibility to take care of this happenings, not wait the USA invade them and then whine about it.

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World: Why I think Assange is a hero

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Hello there and today I’m going to talk about why I think Julian Assange is innocent. First of all lets talk about who is he and why he does what he does. Taken from wikipedia’s article on Assange:

Julian Paul Assange (born 3 July 1971) is an Australian editor, activist, political talk show host, computer programmer, publisher and journalist. He is best known as the editor-in-chief and founder of WikiLeaks, a media website which has published information from whistleblowers. The site acts as a conduit for worldwide news leaks, with a stated purpose of creating open governance.”

Basicly he is the one behind WikiLeaks. and He is now under protection of the Equatorian embassy in London because he is avoiding extradition to Sweden. Equator is asking The UK for a safe passage out of the country for Assange. This was in vane, The UK refused to grant a “safe passage” out of the country for Assange after Equator announced that they are giving him political asylum.

President Rafael Correa said in an interview:

“The main reason why Julian Assange was given diplomatic asylum was because his extradition to a third country was not guaranteed; in no way was it done to interrupt the investigations of Swedish justice over an alleged crime. In no way.”

What does this tell us? That if Assange is sent to Sweden to face “justice” for his “crimes”, this may just be under bullshit charges to then be extradited to America where he will face American justice because his website released information about the U.S. government that the U.S. didn’t wanted to be known.

I mean, I love Disney and have nothing against the country but it is known that when something happens and the American Government doesn’t like it, you can almost guarantee that it is GONE from the face of the earth. This is not new, this comes from years and years of arrogance from part of the U.S. I mean, if you are the biggest kid in the playground, you get the feeling that you own the playground and that is what happened to the U.S. after “winning” the cold war.

Now, let’s take a look at WikiLeaks. The word Leak means: a disclosure of secret, especially official, information, as tothe news media, by an unnamed source. This means that someone from the inside gave the information to Assange, so he is not completely guilty for this.

The reason why I think Assange is a hero is because you need balls to do what he did and he spitted on the face of a giant without being afraid of what would happen to him. He took out the dirty laundry and showed it to the world beacuse he believed that the world needed to know that their governments are not as transparent as they should and he made a more informed world and I believe that what he did was the right thing to do.