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Peace News log archive: December 2012

Articles from the Peace News log.
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Poland's decision leaves US as only NATO country not to have ratified the Landmine Ban Treaty.

Northern Iraq

On 27 December Poland finally ratified the landmine ban treaty and in doing so brought the whole of the European Union into the treaty with all 27 nations now committed to the international treaty. Having doing so, Poland has also left the United States as the only NATO country not to have ratified the treaty.

Poland signed the treaty in December 1997 but had resisted ratifying it and bringing it into full force up until it announced on 5 December, during the twelfth annual meeting of the Mine Ban Treaty held this year in Geneva, its intention to ratify the international treaty prohibiting landmines by the end of the year.

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Report from the recent Voices for Creative Nonviolence emergency delegation to the Gaza Strip.

Image“The problems started for me at eighteen,” Madleen Kulab said quietly, sitting just meters from the shore of the Mediterranean. “The police and port authorities did not want me to sail as a woman.” Though Madleen has emerged from this recent challenge, receiving a permanent permission to fish from the Gazan Interior Ministry, this is not the first hardship she has stared down and overcome in her lifetime.

As Gaza’s only professional fisherwoman, Madleen’s sailing career began at an early age. Her father, Mahrous Kulab, taught her how to fish from the time she was six years old. “I went with my father from six years to thirteen. Our boat had no engine at that time,” she remembered with a certain fondness. At thirteen, Madleen personally made the decision to carry on fishing and support her family when her father’s legs were paralysed from a form of palsy. Her father initially refused to allow her to go alone, but having no other viable means to support the family, he conceded.

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