Jody Williams

Jody Williams received the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for her work banning antipersonnel landmines. 


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The lawyer of Ecuadorean people affected by Texaco-Chevron, Steven Donziger, gestures during a press conference on March 19, 2014 in Quito. (Photo: Rodrigo Buendia/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Monday, August 17, 2020
It’s Time Chevron Faced Justice and Cleaned Up Its Mess in Ecuador—and It’s Time for the Persecution of Steven Donziger to End
August 6 marked the one-year anniversary of the pre-trial detention of attorney Steven Donziger for a misdemeanor contempt charge in a civil case. His crime? Donziger refused to hand over his computer and phone, which contain privileged attorney-client communications, to Chevron. It might sound...
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A scene from the Women's March on Washington on Jan. 21, 2017. Views
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Women Fight Back: From Survive to Thrive
The rising backlash against women’s rights, as well as that against activists of all stripes, was infused with new and terrifyingly overt vigor with the campaigning tactics of Donald Trump leading up to the dumbfounding results of the US presidential elections last November. But perhaps for many,...
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Saturday, April 25, 2015
Defending the Defenders: The Daunting Global Challenge for Women
Women human rights defenders are under attack. The Nobel Women's Initiative conference convenes today to deepen the understanding of the risks, and to develop strategies to strengthen efforts to defend the defenders. Some of the people most at risk in the world are those who dare to work to promote...
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The Republic of the Marshall Islands knows firsthand the horror and consequences of living in a world with nuclear weapons. (Photo: Views
Friday, May 23, 2014
The Nuclear Zero Lawsuits: Who Will Speak for the People?
The U.N. just concluded the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Preparatory Committee with representatives from the 189 signatory nations and of civil society. The meeting was in preparation for next year's NPT conference and to discuss the current status of fulfilling the obligations under the...
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Protesters gathered in downtown Portland, Maine, on Saturday and then marched to the city’s waterfront to protest against a possible proposal to pipe tar sands oil from Canada through Northern New England. Views
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Keep Dirty Oil Out of New England
From north to south and east to west, people across the United States and Canada are increasingly coming together to fight against the expansion of the Alberta tar sands and efforts to move the highly toxic bitumen — tar sands “oil” — through pipelines to the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf of Mexico...
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Monday, November 07, 2011
The Devil in the Tar Sands
CAPE TOWN – On Sunday, November 6, thousands of people encircled the White House as part of the ongoing effort to press US President Barack Obama to stop the Keystone XL pipeline. If the nearly 1,700-mile pipeline were to be built, it would run from the tar sands of Alberta, Canada, through the heartland of the US, all the way to the Texas coast on the Gulf of Mexico.
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U.S. soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment collect US landmines, in the northern city of Mosul, Iraq on January 8, 2005. Views
Sunday, December 06, 2009
U.S. Land Mine Policy is Shameful
Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, State Department spokesman Ian Kelly revealed that President Barack Obama would follow in President George W. Bush's footsteps and not sign the international Mine Ban Treaty. Many of us had hoped he would embrace President Bill Clinton's pledge that the U.S. would join. The 1997 treaty was a landmark accomplishment. For the first time, a group of governments and civil institutions joined together to ban a conventional weapon that had been used by virtually every fighting force for decades.
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Before her assassination, Honduran Indigenous leader Berta Cáceres criticized U.S. presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton as an example of international "meddling." (Photo via Democracy Now!) Views
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Stand with the Women of Honduras
As U.S. policy makers equivocate about resolving the crisis of democracy in Honduras, a major issue is being ignored-the widespread abuses of human rights in the aftermath of the Honduran coup. The brunt of these abuses has been borne by the women of Honduras. So far, the Obama administration has failed to come to their defense even as their efforts to promote peace and democracy in their country have been met with systematic repression.
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Screenshot of a U.S.-made CBU-52 cluster bomb from the VICE documentary "The Enemy of My Enemy" broadcast by HBO on May 19, 2014. When the CBU-52B/Bs are used, the shell — known in the arms trade as a dispenser, which makes it sound like it squirts hand soap rather than raining down deadly explosives — separates in mid-air, dropping 220 bomblets at a time on an area roughly the size of a football field. Cluster bombs are anti-personnel weapons, meant to exact the maximum possible carnage upon detonation, ki Views
Monday, April 13, 2009
Ban Land Mines and Cluster Bombs
President Obama is demonstrating that his willingness to tackle the horrors of nuclear weapons has teeth. He and President Dmitry Medvedev of Russia announced earlier this month new talks on a treaty to replace the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty that expires in December. Negotiations will include...
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CLUSTER BOMBS: An expended BLU-108 canister from a CBU-105 Sensor Fuzed Weapon found in the al-Amar area of al-Safraa, Saada governorate, in northern Yemen. (Photo via Views
Saturday, May 24, 2008
US Subverts The Cluster Bomb Ban
DUBLIN - The diplomatic conference to ban cluster munitions - bomb canisters that open and spew hundreds or thousands of bomblets that harm both civilians and soldiers - is being held in Dublin. The United States is not participating in the deliberations but it is making its presence painfully...
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