"Those without a lot of wealth or a lot of power are getting absolutely killed in America today," according to Michael Snyder from "The American Dream," and the same could be said worldwide. The big corporations, the major financial institutions, the ultra-wealthy and those connected to the top levels of government are thriving even though the economies overall are in shambles. Meanwhile, ordinary people are being abused, harassed, regulated, taxed and mistreated like never before.
To maintain this status quo, the nuclear nations spend $100 billion each year upgrading nuclear arsenals, according to the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, and they aren't slowing down.
Enter onto this world stage a tiny nation, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, abused for 60 years by U.S. nuclear testing, with its accompanying deadly nuclear radiation and resulting suffering and deaths. Sixty-seven nuclear bombs were detonated there from 1946 to 1958, according to "Nuclear Zero." Like David vs. Goliath, this little nation filed landmark cases in the International Court of Justice and U.S. Federal District Court against the nuclear giants, claiming that the nine nuclear-armed nations with their 17,000 nuclear bombs have failed to comply with their obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and customary international law, to pursue negotiations for the worldwide elimination of nuclear weapons.
They are acting for the 7 billion of us who live on this planet — "to end the nuclear weapons threat hanging over all humanity." Do enough people, especially in the U.S., understand this to create massive resistance to these weapons across the planet? As long as people are in the dark about it and just focusing on holding their own lives together, no real changes can happen, and powerful world governments will lead us along the nuclear path.
"There are dangerous provocations along Russia's western border that have received little or incredibly one-sided coverage by the U.S. media. Thus the U.S. public is not aware of the possibility of a major conflict between two nuclear-armed powers occurring due to an accident or misinterpretation. The genesis of this current situation goes back in ancient history to 1989 and the fall of the Berlin Wall," Ron Forthofer writes in Countercurrents.org.
Were you aware of this?
Let's join the "little guy," the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and win. The world will be infinitely safer. Go, David!
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