One win against weapons could fuel another

first_img Related With U.S. and Russia modernizing their arsenals, tensions are rising, reporter says Stirrings of a new nuclear arms race When the movement began in 1992, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines was considered quixotic, its proponents unrealistically idealistic, its efforts doomed to fail. Twenty-five years and one Nobel Peace Prize later, more than 180 countries have signed its 1997 treaty, agreeing not only to avoid using the weapons but to help remove them from areas where they have been abandoned and remain a danger to life, limbs, and livelihoods. Nuclear weapons, now a reality of our modern world, could go the same way, say the activists behind the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Indeed, humanitarian rights activists say, they must. On Monday at Harvard Law School’s Austin Hall, the anti-nuclear campaign’s executive director, Beatrice Fihn, joined Steve Goose, co-founder of the landmines-ban group and executive director of Human Rights Watch’s arms division, to discuss the origin and evolution of the mine campaign, and how the tactics of the first can be applied to the next.“Everybody said it was impossible to do,” said Goose, looking back at the long road to the 1997 landmine treaty. “After we finally did it, people said, ‘Oh, that wasn’t that hard. It was a one-off. Circumstances allowed that to happen.’” They also, he reported, said its success could not be replicated.Monday’s discussion was designed to prove that false. Indeed, this first public event of Humanitarian Disarmament: The Way Ahead (moderated by Bonnie Docherty, associate director of Armed Conflict and Civilian Protection at Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic) started off by outlining the similarities — and the successes — of other recent campaigns.“Ten years later, we had a treaty banning cluster munitions,” noted Goose. “We used the same approach, a coalition of progressive governments and the ICRC [International Committee of the Red Cross] and various U.N. agencies. By focusing on a catchphrase, ‘Let’s ban cluster munitions that cause unacceptable harm to civilians,’ using much the same approach and methodology, we got a ban in 2008.”That methodology began with a grassroots approach. “First and foremost, you see civil society driving the process,” Goose said. In the case of landmines, he noted, society said, “No, we can’t have more than 20,000 people killed or injured by these each year.”,In the next step, activist citizens sought out allies, including progressive governments and international organizations (UNICEF was deeply involved in the landmine cause). Goose described creating a partnership between non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and a core group of governments that “spoke every day, conspiring to make the ban on landmines come about.”The nuclear ban group is making similar moves, said Fihn. Although there is no lack of NGOs working for nuclear disarmament, she said, the movement tends to be spread out, with much of the effort working to coordinate into “one big push.”The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons succeeded in getting a treaty banning nuclear weapons moving last July, and 122 states adopted it in the United Nations. The group won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for its work.Thus far, some nations, including the U.S., Russia, and China, have refused to sign onto the ban. However, she said, her group is going forward. “Maybe that’s the way,” she said. “Not to wait for the worst states to start leading but mobilize the other states to make sure there is a clear rejection of these weapons.”Following the model set by the landmines initiative, Fihn said the nuclear disarmament group is focusing on societal forces, specifically on people affected by nuclear armaments, including nuclear testing.“If there is nuclear war, there will be survivors,” she said. And while that ought to be hopeful, she noted that it also makes for complicated and often painful repercussions. To illustrate, Fihn talked about sharing the stories of survivors of the Nagasaki bombing. “Trying to get water, trying to find out where their parents are,” she said, listing some of the very human struggles that can be overlooked. She also discussed the high rates of miscarriage and infertility among women affected by radiation, and how survivors carried a stigma. Such stories, about civilians and, in particular, about women, tend not to be heard at the level of international diplomacy. It is the goal of her group to change that.“The human stories get people to understand what these weapons are,” said Fihn, “while also providing some hope as to what we can do about it.”“It’s not heads of states or celebrities,” said Goose. “It’s just regular people who got together and organized. That is what is changing the world — people demanding change.”Humanitarian Disarmament: The Way Ahead launched the Armed Conflict and Civilian Protection Initiative, housed in the Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic. The conference was organized by the clinic, the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, and the Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.last_img read more

Grizzlies overcome LeBron James’ triple double, dent Lakers’ playoff hopes

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “I was very pleased with the effort and the togetherness of our group,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “I thought we got back to what we were doing earlier in the season. Unfortunately, we didn’t make enough plays.”Joakim Noah had 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Avery Bradley scored 15 points for Memphis, which ended a four-game skid.Memphis led 105-98 with 1:42 left, but a 3-pointer from Kuzma and layup from James pulled the Lakers within 105-103 with a minute left.Conley converted 3 of 4 free throws down the stretch, and one Lakers possession ended with an offensive foul on James. An airball on a 3-point attempt by James with 16 seconds left gave the Grizzlies the ball with a 108-103 lead.Bradley made a pair of free throws with nine seconds left to provide the winning margin.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? It was the first time that Valanciunas had been a part of a win at FedExForum since joining the team at the trade deadline.“It felt really good and was really needed,” the 7-foot center said. “It’s fun to play with this group.”TIP-INSLakers: G Lonzo Ball missed his 12th straight game with a left ankle sprain. … With an assist in the first quarter, James moved past Andre Miller for 10th place in NBA history. James entered the game tied with Miller with 8,524 assists. … Los Angeles shot 70 percent (14 of 20) in the first quarter, but trailed 34-31. For the game, the Lakers shot 45 percent. … James had 10 points in the fourth. … Ingram was 12 of 18 from the field, including all three of his 3-pointers.Grizzlies: Coach J.B. Bickerstaff said before the game there was no medical update on F Jaren Jackson Jr. (right thigh bruise) or timetable for his return. … He also had no update on Kyle Anderson, who missed his 10th straight game with right shoulder soreness. Anderson sought a third opinion on the injury last week. … Bradley was helped to the locker room with 2:22 left in the third quarter when he rolled his ankle in front of the Grizzlies bench after trying to block Kuzma’s shot. He returned in the fourth quarter.HAPPY BIRTHDAYNoah, the Grizzlies’ reserve center, turned 34 on Monday.“I’m really happy that we got the win,” Noah said. “I got my people in the building too. And, you know, that’s what it’s all about — playing against the best players, beating the Lakers, competing, winning and just coming back to the locker room happy.”ONE OF A KINDNoah has brought a new energy to the Grizzlies. Asked if he had played with anyone as intense as Noah, Valanciunas replied: “Uh, no. I’ve never played with a guy like this. 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That game had James wondering if his teammates’ lack of experience in the playoff hunt had them prepared for the pressure and grind of trying to reach the postseason.This time, James, who finished with 24 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, couched his comments with optimism, saying it is up to him and his teammates to continue their push.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Just to stay positive and keep knocking on the door,” James said when asked about improving through the final stretch of the regular season. “I feel like if we play like we did (Monday), then we’ve got to continue that consistent effort to get us over this hump while we make this push.”Kyle Kuzma finished with 22 for Los Angeles, which is tied with Minnesota in 10th place in the Western Conference — three games out of the final playoff spot occupied by San Antonio. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the basket against Memphis Grizzlies guard Avery Bradley (0)in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Lakers got a triple-double from LeBron James and 32 points from Brandon Ingram but still suffered another dent to their playoff hopes.Mike Conley had 30 points including key free throws in the final minute, Jonas Valanciunas finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat Los Angeles 110-105 on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT DeMarcus Cousins snaps out of frustrating slump, carries Warriors past Hornets View commentslast_img read more

Liverpool’s hopes of selling Balotelli and Benteke suffer blow

first_img1 Liverpool’s hopes of selling Mario Balotelli or Christian Benteke to Besiktas seem to be fading.The Turkish champions are on the lookout for a striker and had been linked with the Reds pair, who are peripheral to Jurgen Klopp’s plans this season.But chairman Fikret Orman distanced the club from the duo, suggesting Balotelli’s temperament and Benteke’s £32million asking price were sticking points.“Benteke is a good player that we would want to see come to Besiktas but his he is valued at a very high price. It does not look like an easy deal,” he told reporters.“Balotelli is a major star but a troubled player. He has got an image.“We are interested in other players as well. Ideally we want to sign a striker on loan.” Christian Benteke and Mario Balotelli last_img