26th September (’22): International Day For The Total Elimination Of Nuclear Weapons:

International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons is an international event celebrated annually on September 26. Inaugurated in October 2014 with United Nations General Assembly Resolution 68/32, this is a day of events that are organized with the support of a variety of individuals and groups in Australia, Japan, the Caribbean, North America, Asia, Europe, Africa, and the UN (United Nations Organization).
During the first day, an instructive and explanatory video was distributed by Unfold Zero, the United Nations platform, asking the global population two questions:
a) How many nuclear weapons do you think there are in the world ?;
b) How many instead should there be?
The United Nations General Assembly declared International Day in December 2013, in Resolution A / RES / 68/32, following the General Assembly’s high-level meeting on nuclear disarmament, held on 26 September 2013.
NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 26 – This year United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres wanted to launch a message on the occasion of the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, at a time when the atomic threat seems to return to agitate the political scene international background to the war in Ukraine. “We reject the statement that defines nuclear disarmament as an impossible utopian dream – said Guterres forcefully – The elimination of these instruments of death is not only possible, but also absolutely necessary. In the current context, characterized by growing geopolitical division, mistrust and outright aggression, we risk forgetting the terrible lessons of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, the Cold War, and provoking a humanitarian Armageddon “.

FOR MORE INFO:

https://www.gabrieleromano.org/pages/articles/international-day-for-the-total-elimination-of-nuclear-weapons.html

♬ 🇺🇦 ANTI-WAR SONG: Bob Dylan – Masters of War

LYRIC

Come you masters of war
You that build the big guns
You that build the death planes
You that build all the bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know
I can see through your masks

You that never done nothin’
But build to destroy
You play with my world
Like it’s your little toy
You put a gun in my hand
And you hide from my eyes
And you turn and run farther
When the fast bullets fly

Like Judas of old
You lie and deceive
A world war can be won
You want me to believe
But I see through your eyes
And I see through your brain
Like I see through the water
That runs down my drain

You fasten all the triggers
For the others to fire
Then you sit back and watch
When the death count gets higher
You hide in your mansion
While the young people’s blood
Flows out of their bodies
And is buried in the mud

You’ve thrown the worst fear
That can ever be hurled
Fear to bring children
Into the world
For threatening my baby
Unborn and unnamed
You ain’t worth the blood
That runs in your veins

How much do I know
To talk out of turn
You might say that I’m young
You might say I’m unlearned
But there’s one thing I know
Though I’m younger than you
That even Jesus would never
Forgive what you do

Let me ask you one question
Is your money that good?
Will it buy you forgiveness
Do you think that it could?
I think you will find
When your death takes its toll
All the money you made
Will never buy back your soul

And I hope that you die
And your death will come soon
I’ll follow your casket
By the pale afternoon
And I’ll watch while you’re lowered
Down to your deathbed
And I’ll stand over your grave
‘Til I’m sure that you’re dead

TRADUZIONE

Come you masters of war
You that build all the guns
You that build the death planes
You that build the big bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know
I can see through your masks

You that never done nothin’
But build to destroy
You play with my world
Like it’s your little toy
You put a gun in my hand
And you hide from my eyes
And you turn and run farther
When the fast bullets fly

Like Judas of old
You lie and deceive
A world war can be won
You want me to believe
But I see through your eyes
And I see through your brain
Like I see through the water
That runs down my drain

You fasten the triggers
For the others to fire
Then you set back and watch
When the death count gets higher
You hide in your mansion
As young people’s blood
Flows out of their bodies
And is buried in the mud

You’ve thrown the worst fear
That can ever be hurled
Fear to bring children
Into the world
For threatening my baby
Unborn and unnamed
You ain’t worth the blood
That runs in your veins

How much do I know
To talk out of turn
You might say that I’m young
You might say I’m unlearned
But there’s one thing I know
Though I’m younger than you
Even Jesus would never
Forgive what you do

Let me ask you one question
Is your money that good
Will it buy you forgiveness
Do you think that it could
I think you will find
When your death takes its toll
All the money you made
Will never buy back your soul

And I hope that you die
And your death’ll come soon
I will follow your casket
In the pale afternoon
And I’ll watch while you’re lowered
Down to your deathbed
And I’ll stand o’er your grave
‘Til I’m sure that you’re dead

Venite signori della guerra
voi che costruite i cannoni
voi che costruite gli aeroplani di morte
voi che costruite le bombe
voi che vi nascondete dietro muri
voi che vi nascondete dietro scrivanie
voglio solo che sappiate
che posso vedere attraverso le vostre maschere

Voi che non avete mai fatto altro
che costruire per distruggere
giocate con il mio mondo
come fosse il vostro giocattolo
mettete un fucile nella mia mano
e vi nascondete dal mio sguardo
e vi voltate e scappate lontano
quando volano i proiettili

Come Giuda dell’antichità
voi mentite e ingannate
Volete farmi credere che
una guerra mondiale può essere vinta
Ma io vedo attraverso i vostri occhi
e vedo attraverso il vostro cervello
così come vedo attraverso l’acqua
che scorre nella mia fogna

Voi armate i grilletti
perchè altri sparino
poi vi sedete a guardare
il conto dei morti farsi più alto
Vi nascondete nei vostri palazzi
mentre il sangue di giovani
fluisce fuori dai loro corpi
ed è sepolto nel fango

Voi avete sparso la paura peggiore
che si possa avere
la paura di mettere figli
al mondo
Per minacciare il mio bambino
non nato e senza nome
non valete il sangue
che scorre nelle vostre vene

Cosa ne so io
per parlare quando non è il mio turno?
Potreste dire che sono giovane
potreste dire che non sono istruito
ma c’è una cosa che so
sebbene sia più giovane di voi:
nemmeno Gesù perdonerebbe mai
quello che fate

Lasciate che vi faccia una domanda
il vostro denaro è così potente
che pensate potrà
comprarvi il perdono?
Io penso che scoprirete
quando la Morte chiederà il suo pedaggio
che tutto il denaro che avete fatto
non riscatterà la vostra anima

E spero che moriate
e che la vostra morte arrivi presto
Seguirò la vostra bara
nel pomeriggio opaco
Veglierò mentre siete sepolti
nel vostro letto di morte
e resterò sulla vostra tomba
finchè sarò sicuro che siete morti

Ukraine-Russia war: ‘Russian attack on Wednesday 16 February’.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has been informed that the day of the Russian attack will be Wednesday 16 February.

CNN reports it in a breaking news.

Zelensky declared Wednesday, February 16, the potential date of the Russian attack according to the US alert, “day of unity”.

There has been a “dramatic acceleration” in the deployment of Russian forces on the Ukrainian border. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said this, calling on “all Americans still in Ukraine to leave the country immediately”.

Some Russian troops near the Ukrainian border have started moving into “attack positions”. CBS reports this, quoting an American official, according to whom Moscow has moved part of the long-range artillery into firing position.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and US President Joe Biden agreed that “an opportunity remains” to resolve the crisis in Ukraine “with diplomacy”. Downing Street made it known after the phone call between the two leaders.

“We do not believe that Vladimir Putin has already made a final decision” on the possible attack against Ukraine: Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said, reiterating that military action is possible “at any time”. Kirby, however, did not want to enter into the merits of intelligence information that the scheduled day for the attack would be Wednesday.

Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin will be visiting Brussels, Poland and Lithuania from Tuesday: US Defense spokesman John Kirby announced this.

“There is a chance of finding an agreement with the West,” Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov told President Putin. While Defense Minister Shoigu announced that ‘part of the exercises’ of the armed forces in Moscow ‘is ending, another will be completed in the near future’. During the same meeting, the Russian president, quoted by TASS, said that the expansion of NATO eastwards ‘is infinite, very dangerous and takes place at the expense of the former Soviet republics, including Ukraine’.

But the Pentagon reveals: ‘Russia strengthened its military device on the border with Ukraine over the weekend’

11th November (2021): VETERANS DAY [USA]

Veterans Day (originally known as Armistice Day) is a federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11, for honoring military veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces (who were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable). It coincides with other holidays including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day which are celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. At the urging of major U.S. veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

Veterans Day is distinct from Memorial Day, a U.S. public holiday in May. Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who had died while in military service. Another military holiday that also occurs in May, Armed Forces Day, honors those currently serving in the U.S. military. Additionally, Women Veterans Day is recognized by a growing number of U.S. states that specifically honor women who have served in the U.S. military.

28th October (2021) – Ohi Day (Greece)

Ohi Day or Oxi Day (Greek: Επέτειος του Όχι, Epéteios tou Óchi [eˈpetios tu ˈoçi]; “Anniversary of the No”) is celebrated throughout Greece, Cyprus and the Greek communities around the world on 28 October each year. Ohi Day commemorates the rejection by Greek dictator Ioannis Metaxas of the ultimatum made by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini on 28 October 1940, the Hellenic counterattack against the invading Italian forces at the mountains of Pindus during the Greco-Italian War, and the Greek Resistance during the Axis occupation.

This ultimatum, which was presented to Metaxas by the Italian ambassador to Greece, Emanuele Grazzi, shortly after 03:00 am on 28 October 1940, who had just come from a party in the Italian embassy in Athens, demanded Greece allow Axis forces to enter Greek territory and occupy certain unspecified “strategic locations” or otherwise face war. It was allegedly answered with a single laconic word: όχι (No!). However, his actual reply was, “Alors, c’est la guerre!” (Then it is war!).

In response to Metaxas’s refusal, Italian troops stationed in Albania, then an Italian protectorate, attacked the Greek border at 05:30 am—the beginning of Greece’s participation in World War II (see Greco-Italian War and the Battle of Greece).

On the morning of 28 October, the Greek population took to the streets, irrespective of political affiliation, shouting ‘ohi’. From 1942, it was celebrated as Ohi Day, first mostly among the members of the resistance and after the war by all the Greeks.

The Greek island of Poros decorated in recognition of Ohi Day

During the war, 28 October was commemorated yearly in Greece and Cyprus and Greek communities around the world, and after World War II it became a public holiday in Greece and Cyprus. The events of 1940 are commemorated every year with military and student parades. On every anniversary, most public buildings and residences are decorated with national flags. Schools and all places of work are closed.

♬ THE WAR ON DRUGS – Change

This song from ‘the war on drugs’ was released yesterday, October 26th 2021, and tomorrow October 28th their new album will be released: ‘I Don’t Live Here Anymore

LYRIC

I was lying in my bed
A creature void of form
Been so afraid of everything
I need a chance to be reborn
I never wanted anything
That someone had to give
I don’t live here anymore
I went along in wheelWhen I think about the old days, babe
You’re always on my mind
I know it ain’t like I remember
I guess my memories run wild
Like when we went to see Bob Dylan
We danced to Desolation Row
But I don’t live here anymore
But I got no place to goBeating like a heart
I’m gonna walk through every doorway, I can’t stop
I need some time, I need control, I need your love
I wanna find out everything I need to know
I’m gonna say everything that there is to say
Although you’ve taken everything I need away
I’m gonna make it to the place I need to go
We’re all just walkin’ through this darkness on our ownTime surrounds me like an ocean
My memories like waves
Is life just dying in slow motion
Or getting stronger everyday
I never took our love for granted
You never left me wanting more
But you never recognise me babe
I don’t live here anymoreBeating like a heart
I’m gonna walk through every doorway, I can’t stop
I need some time, I need control, I need your love
I wanna find out everything I need to know
I’m gonna say everything that I need to say
Although you’ve taken everything I need away
I’m gonna take you to the place I need to go
We’re all just walkin’ through this darkness on our own
Beating like a heart
I’m gonna walk through every doorway, I can’t stop
I need some time, I need control, I need your love
I wanna find out everything I need to know
I’m gonna say everything that I need to say
Although you’ve taken everything I need away
I’m gonna take you to the place I need to go
We’re all just walkin’ through this darkness on our ownWe’re all just walkin’ through this darkness on our own
We’re all just walkin’ through this darkness on our own
We’re all just walkin’ through this darkness on our own
We’re all just walkin’ through this darkness on our own

21 October (2021): Trafalgar Day [United Kingdom]

Trafalgar Day is the celebration of the victory won by the Royal Navy, commanded by Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, over the combined French and Spanish fleets at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805.

The formation of the Navy League in 1894 gave added impetus to the movement to recognise Nelson’s legacy, and grand celebrations were held in Trafalgar Square in London on Trafalgar Day, 1896. It was commemorated by parades, dinners and other events throughout much of the British Empire in the 19th century and early 20th century. It continues to be celebrated by navies of the Commonwealth of Nations. Its public celebration declined after the end of World War I in 1918. The massive casualties and upheaval had changed the general public perception of war as a source of glorious victories to a more sombre view of it as a tragedy, for which the newly instituted Armistice Day on 11 November was created. However, Trafalgar Day was still marked as a public day each year. Around 1993, it was rumoured that John Major‘s government might make it a public holiday in place of May Day, and this plan was revived in the 2011 Tourism Strategy created by the then coalition government.

The year 2005 was the bicentennial of the Battle of Trafalgar, and the Royal Navy led Trafalgar 200 celebrations. The 2005 International Fleet Review held off Spithead in the Solent on 28 June was the first since 1999 and the largest since Her Majesty The Queen’s 1977 Silver Jubilee.

On 21 October each year the commissioned officers of the Royal Navy celebrate the victory at the Battle of Trafalgar by holding a Trafalgar Night dinner in the Officer’s Mess.

At a Trafalgar Night banquet or dinner, a speech is usually made by a guest of honour who ends it with a toast to “The Immortal Memory …” (The rest of the wording of the toast vary depending on what is said in the speech). On 21 October 2005 (the 200th anniversary), at such a dinner the traditional toast was given by Queen Elizabeth II:”The Immortal Memory of Lord Nelson and those who fell with him”

Such dinners also occur each year on or around 21 October in locations other than Royal Navy ships.

The Royal Naval Museum in Portsmouth hold a “Trafalgar Night Dinner” each year on a date close to 21 October.

The British ambassador in Washington hosts such a dinner at which the guest of honour may be a senior officer in the United States Navy.

The Lord Mayor of Birmingham lays a wreath at Birmingham’s statue of Lord Nelson on Trafalgar Day 2007.

Sea Cadet Corps in the United Kingdom hold a youth cadet parade known as the National Trafalgar Day Parade on Trafalgar Square each year. The parade is formed with a platoon from each area, a guard and a massed band. This is held on the closest Sunday to 21 October. Units and Districts from around the country celebrate this day – usually with a town parade.

Birmingham celebrates the anniversary with a ceremony at the statue of Lord Nelson – the oldest such statue in the United Kingdom – in the Bull Ring. The ceremony is led by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham and involves men and women of HMS Forward, Sea Cadet units from across the West Midlands and various civic organisations, including The Nelson Society and The Birmingham Civic Society. Afterwards representatives of naval and civic organisations lay wreaths and a parade marches off to Victoria Square, the public square in front of the seat of local government, where the Lord Mayor takes the salute.

Another aspect of the Birmingham celebration is that the statue is regaled with swags of laurel and flowers, possibly due to its location by the wholesale flower markets of the city. This tradition, marked through most of the nineteenth century, was revived in 2004. Flags fly from the Nelson Monument on Calton Hill in Edinburgh on Trafalgar Day 2013

In Edinburgh, citizens commissioned the Nelson Monument on Calton Hill in memory of Admiral Lord Nelson. Weather permitting, the Trafalgar flag signal “England expects that every man will do his duty” is flown on Trafalgar Day. Looking like a tall stone telescope, the Nelson Monument contains a time ball which drops at 1 o’clock daily.

The village of Dervock in County Antrim (Northern Ireland) has the only known memorial which takes the form of a stained-glass window depicting Admiral Lord Nelson minutes before he was killed on board HMS Victory in 1805. It is believed that this is the only memorial on the island, Nelson’s pillar in Dublin (the earliest memorial to Admiral Nelson) having been destroyed in 1966, and in 2015 residents organised their first ever “Trafalgar Day”.

In Gibraltar, the Trafalgar Day service takes place at the Trafalgar Cemetery, where the senior Naval Commander reads an extract from the Gibraltar Chronicle newspaper, the first periodical to report on the battle. Some sailors died in Gibraltar of wounds received at Trafalgar; they are buried in Gibraltar. HMS Victory, with Nelson’s body on board, underwent repairs in Gibraltar prior to sailing for Britain.

In the Isle of ManJohn Quilliam, 1st Lieutenant of HMS Victory in 1805, is buried in the graveyard of Kirk Arbory, Ballabeg. An annual parade and church service takes place on Trafalgar Day.

The tension between China and Taiwan is still rising.Xi warns the world: “Taiwan will be reunited with China, no one will interfere”

Yesterday evening Beijing rejected the offer of talks made by the president of the Asian island Tsai Ing-wen. The president then said today that Taiwan will strengthen its defenses so that no one can force it to accept the path traced by China without freedom and democracy.

The Taiwan independence movement is “the biggest obstacle to national reunification, a serious threat to China’s rejuvenation: it never ends well for those who forget their ancestors, betray their homeland or divide the country. They will certainly be despised by the people and judged by history ”. The peremptory tones of President Xi Jinping, echoed in the Great Hall of the People on Tiananmen Square, in Beijing, gave a clear representation of the woodworm well rooted in the Communist leadership because “the historical task of the complete reunification of the motherland must be fulfilled and it certainly will be. “.
Xi warned the world on the rebel island, 130 km away from the coasts of Fujian, so close and at the same time far from mainland China for institutional arrangements: never before, despite the pressure from Beijing and the almost 150 military aircraft and fighters sent to violate the defense space from 1 to 4 October.
Only the 23 million Taiwanese have the right to decide “the future and development” of the island, was the reply of the Taipei Council for Business with China: in the face of the ambitions of the Communist Party, President Tsai Ing- Wen has repeatedly reiterated that he “will neither yield nor advance”, strongly defending national sovereignty and security and continuing to deepen relations with friendly countries and maintain the “status quo of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait”.

war also decides the dawn of darkness …

illustration of Pawel Kuczysnki

There are bright ages and there are dark ages. Although the cycle of life is made up of the alternation of sunlight, in some periods it seems that the sun never rises. And when there are wars in between, it is always in the dark and freedom seems so suppressed that not even the sun gives that hope ..
what is freedom? It is being able to do what I want while respecting the freedom of the other. But if my concept of freedom is different, the system of society becomes utopian. The 3rd millennium is characterized by having exported democracy to exasperation leading it almost to a democratic dictatorship. Paradoxically, although China has nothing to do with most of the wars that have taken place in recent years, it nevertheless identifies the concept of democratic dictatorship at its perfection.

International Day of Non-Violence – Gandhi Jayanti (birthday of Mahatma Gandhi) andhi Jayanti (birthday of Mahatma Gandhi)

International Day of Non-Violence is observed on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. It was established on 15 Jun 2007 according to United Nations General Assembly resolution A/RES/61/271. The day is an occasion to “disseminate the message of non-violence…through education and public awareness…and reaffirm the desire for a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence”. It is not a public holiday, but is observed around the world in various ways, often to draw attention to global issues.

In January 2004, Iranian Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi had taken a proposal for an International Day of Non-Violence from a Hindi teacher in Paris teaching international students to the World Social Forum in Mumbai. The idea gradually attracted the interest of some leaders of India’s Congress Party (“Ahimsa Finds Teen Voice”, The Telegraph, Calcutta) until a Satyagraha Conference resolution in New Delhi in January 2007, initiated by Indian National Congress President and Chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance Sonia Gandhi and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, called upon the United Nations to adopt the idea.

On 15 June 2007 the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish 2 October as the International Day of Non-Violence.[4] The resolution by the General Assembly asks all members of the UN system to commemorate 2 October in “an appropriate manner and disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness”.

The United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) in New York City prepared a special cachet to commemorate this event, following a request from the Indian Ambassador at the Permanent Mission of India to the UN. The boxed pictorial cachet design was prepared by the UNPA and was limited to cancellation at UNPA’s NY location (not Geneva and Vienna). The UNPA has indicated that all outgoing UNPA mail between 2 and 31 October carried the cachet.