Ronald Glossop

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Ronald J. Glossop is Professor Emeritus at Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville (SIUE), member of the national board of Citizens for Global Solutions Education Fund, Chair of Citizens for Global Solutions of Greater St. Louis, Vice-President of UNA of Greater St. Louis, Coordinator of the St. Louis Coalition for the ICC, President of the American Association of Teachers of Esperanto, and Director of Infanoy chirkaw la Mondo [Esperanto for "Children around the World"]. Previously, Dr. Glossop held positions as Chair of the World Federalist Association of Greater St. Louis (1970-2004), Vice-President of the National World Federalist Association (1994-2003), and Coordinator of the Peace Studies Program at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (1974-1998). Dr. Glossop earned his B.A. from Carthage College (summa cum laude) and his Ph.D. in philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis.

Of GlobalSolutions.org's core issues, Dr. Glossop is interested mainly in Peace and Security through expanding democracy and restricting national sovereignty. In particular, he supports the International Criminal Court, the Responsibility to Protect principle, creation of a force of individually recruited U.N. peacekeepers, and education for world citizenship. He emphasizes the need to substitute democracy for violence as the way to resolve social conflicts, both within and between nations. He addresses these issues in his books World Federation? (1994) and Confronting War (4th ed., 2001).

Ronald previously served on the board and chaired the organization's World Federalist Institute.

A July Holiday for the Whole World

Courtesy of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court
There are two important dates in July for globally minded Americans.  The 4th of July is an important date for our country, and the 17th of July is an important day for our whole world community.
 
The Rome Statute establishing the International Criminal Court (ICC) was adopted on July 17, 1998.   Five years ago the UN designated July 17th as "International Criminal Justice Day." The day will be celebrated by advocates for justice around the world, many of whom will post on social media using a hashtag #JusticeMatters to draw attention to this rather new world holiday. 
 
The International Criminal Court is a permanent court with jurisdiction over individuals who commit genocide, war crimes, or crimes against humanity (enumerated in the Rome Statute) when they are not held accountable by their own government.  The word "criminal" in the name of the Court and the holiday is crucial.  In contrast to the International Court of Justice (or “World Court”), the International Criminal Court focuses on holding individuals accountable for violating international law. The ICJ deals only with national governments.  Its rulings are non-binding. Furthermore trying to punish a country requires fighting a war such as the Korean War in 1950-1953 and First Gulf War in 1991.
 

How to Deal with the Islamic State

President Obama and Vice President Biden Meet with National Security Council to Discuss ISIL. https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/10/tune-president-obama-addresses-nation-isil-threat

Almost the whole world community agrees that the barbaric Islamic State (ISIL) terrorists should be resisted by everyone. Even the often veto-plagued UN Security Council has unanimously passed two relevant resolutions. Resolution 2170 (Aug. 15) aims to cut off financial assistance to that group and sanctions its leaders. Resolution 2171 (Sep. 19) expresses outrage at ISIL's brutal activities and urges international support for the Iraqi government's efforts against ISIL.

The UN Security Council could also help to deal with the civil war in Syria by resolving to send humanitarian aid to the nations sheltering Syrian refugees; putting Assad’s chemical weapons under UN control; and referring the situation to the International Criminal Court to hold accountable those who have committed atrocities. 

To confront ISIL in Syria, however, the view of the US Administration and others is that more support must be given to the moderate rebels in that country. But precisely which rebel groups should be helped, and can we be sure that they won't become enemies in the future?

How will the various national governments in the area which are on opposite sides be encouraged to participate in the international effort against ISIL? Will any national governments provide the needed "boots on the ground" and might they eventually start fighting one another?

Climate Change or System Change?: A Review of "The Anatomy of Change"

Human-caused outdoor air pollution may be responsible for over two million deaths world wide each year.

Books can provide us with valuable insights about our global problems and how to deal with them.  A good example is Glen Martin's The Anatomy of a Sustainable World:  Our Choice between Climate Change or System Change and How You Can Make a Difference.

Martin is the Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Radford University in Virginia. In this book, he asks us to recognize "the deep connections between our collapsing global ecosystem and our current world system of militarized nation-states and globalized corporate capitalism,"  and examines the root causes of our current situation and argues for the specific changes which are needed to move beyond them.

Focusing on the link between ecology and sustainability, Martin notes that economic theorists can no longer continue "as if investment, production, and consumption were self-contained without thought of the immense negative external consequences that production and consumption have on society and the planetary ecosystem."  A new holism is taking place which will mean a transformation of institutions.  It will mean the end of militarism and widespread use and waste of non-renewable resources.  There are two prominent global institutions that will need to be transformed as we move to a holistic planetary outlook--global corporate capitalism and the system of independent "sovereign" nation-states.  The existing system of voluntary treaties among nation-states and voluntary cooperation among international corporations "are all hopelessly inadequate forms of action in the face of our global climate crisis."