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NATO-Exit International Front



The Florence Declaration:

The Creation of a NATO-Exit International Front

By Manlio Dinucci
Global Research, April 11, 2019

Url of this article:
https://www.globalresearch.ca/declaration-florence-international-front-nato-exit/5674125

 

         The risk of a vast war which, with the use of nuclear weapons, could mean the end of Humanity, is real and growing, even though it is not noticed by the general public, which is maintained in the ignorance of this imminent danger.

A strong engagement to find a way out of the war system is of vital importance. This raises the question of the affiliation of Italy and other European countries with NATO.

         NATO is not an Alliance. It is an organisation under the command of the Pentagon, and its objective is the military control of Western and Eastern Europe.

         US bases in the member countries of NATO serve to occupy these countries, by maintaining a permanent military presence which enables Washington to influence and control their policies and prevent genuine democratic choices.

         NATO is a war machine which works for the interests of the United States, with the complicity of the major European power groups, staining itself with crimes against humanity.


 

Manlio Dinucci from Italy

 



Michel Chossudovsky from Canada

 

        The war of aggression waged by NATO in 1999 against Yugoslavia paved the way for the globalization of military interventions, with wars against Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and other countries, in complete violation of international law.

         These wars are financed by the member countries, whose military budgets are increasing continually to the detriment of social expenditure, in order to support colossal military programmes like that of the US nuclear programme which costs 1,200 billion dollars.

In violation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, the USA is deploying nuclear weapons in five non-nuclear NATO States, under the false pretext of the Russian menace. By doing so, they are risking the security of Europe.

 

Zivadin Jovanovic from Serbia

         To exit the war system which is causing more and more damage and exposing us to increasing dangers, we must leave NATO, affirming our rights as sovereign and neutral States.

         In this way, it becomes possible to contribute to the dismantling of NATO and all other military alliances, to the reconfiguration of the structures of the whole European region, to the formation of a multipolar world where the aspirations of the People for liberty and social justice may be realised.

          We propose the creation of a NATO EXIT International Frontin all NATO member countries , by building an organisational network at a basic level strong enough to support the very difficult struggle we must face in order to attain this objective, which is vital for our future.

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          Manlio Dinucci is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research o­n Globalization.

Geographer and geopolitical scientist. His latest books are Laboratorio di geografia, Zanichelli 2014 ; Diario di viaggio, Zanichelli 2017 ; Larte della guerra / Annali della strategia Usa/Nato 1990-2016, Zambon 2016. Guerra nucleare. Il giorno prima. Da Hiroshima a oggi: chi e come ci porta alla catastrofe, Zambon 2017; Diario di guerra. Escalation verso la catastrofe (2016 - 2018), Asterios Editores 2018.

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The Art of War

From 1945 until today - 20 to 30 million people
killed by the USA

by Manlio Dinucci

Its a fact, not an analysis, not even an opinion the free and open international order promoted since 1945 by the United States has cost the lives of 20 to 30 million people throughout the world. No President, whoever he may be, has managed to slow the rhythm of this killing machine.

https://www.voltairenet.org/article204021.html

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NATO-Exit International Front

Dear GHA members, friends,

We were happy to publish the ingenious and acutely needed The Florence Declaration: The Creation of a NATO-Exit International Front" : https://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=876 to dismantle this aggressive murder machine, which, together with the USA leadership is responsible for the genocide from 20 to 30 million after the WW2 and put humanity o­n the brink of nuclear annihilation.

Please, support this Declaration and distribute it by all available means. This is necessary for the sake of the lives of our children and global peace from the harmony and non-violence of Gandhi, which are trampled upon by NATO violence under the command of the Pentagon during 70 years. We must put an end to NATO as a crime against humanity so that NATO does not put an end to humanity (John Kennedy, 55 years ago).
           Heartily,
Dr. Leo Semashko,
GHA Founder and Honorary President, Russia, St-Petersburg,
https://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=253
12-04-19


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Greens Say No to NATO While War Parties

Give Standing Ovations to NATO

By Kevin Zeese

Global Research, April 10, 2019

 

Greens are political activists and can be found in every movement for economic, racial and environmental justice as well as peace. They do not organize as Greens but as people who are part of the popular movement. The article below about the week of protests against NATO highlights Greens who participated, often as organizers with other peace and justice activists. There were many more Greens at these events than are mentioned. I apologize to those who are omitted. 

 

Last week was o­ne of contrast over the issue of war and militarism as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) came to Washington, DC. No to NATO protests began o­n March 30 and continued until the meeting of NATO foreign ministers o­n April 4. While people were opposing NATOs aggressive militarism, the two Wall Street and war parties were giving the NATO General Secretary standing ovations.

Many Greens, working with other peace and anti-imperialist activists, helped to organize the week of actions and many other Greens participated. The Green Party showed itself to be the alternative to the two-winged War Party of the Democrats and Republicans, a party that stands for an end to militarism and imperialism.

The protests began o­n March 30, 2019, with a mass rally and march across the street from the White House in Lafayette Park. The event was organized by the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) whose national co-coordinator is Joe Lombardo, a Green Party member from Albany, NY. Lombardo, an antiwar organizer since the Vietnam War era, immediately announced a response to NATO when their meeting was made public. Lombardo framed the protest as stopping wars abroad and at home emphasizing the wars at home when the April 4 date was chosen by NATO. It was important to highlight militarized police and police abuse in communities of color, especially o­n the anniversary the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. being killed by the government in 1968 and his important speech, Beyond Vietnam, which called for an end to war given o­ne year before his murder.


No to NATO: Time to End Aggressive Militarism

Ajamu Baraka (center) and the Black Alliance or Peace (BAP) at No to NATO protest o­n March 30, 2019, in Washington, DC. o­n left Paul Pumphrey of the Maryland Green Party and Freinds of the Congo, to the right of, Ajamu Baraka, YahNé Ndgo formerly of the Pennsylvania Greens currently a traveling Green and Asantewaa Mawusi Nkrumah-Ture of the Pennsylvania Greens active in BAP and the Poor Peoples Economic and Human Rights Campaign Campaign.

Ajamu Baraka, the former Green Party vice presidential candidate who is the national organizer of Black Alliance for Peace (BAP), was also involved in organizing the week of events. BAP had a large presence at the events and o­n the evening of April 4 held a commemoration of BAPs founding two years ago. Baraka emphasized that the working class, black and white, should not be risking their lives to defend western capitalism. Baraka called for an end to US imperialism around the world with a special emphasis o­n Venezuela, which is now being threatened by the United States that is conducting an economic war against it.

The 2012 vice presidential nominee also participated in the events. Cheri Honkala (pictured in the featured image holding the banner) leads the Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC). She decried the mass spending o­n militarism when there are many unmet human needs including poverty, homelessness, and economic insecurity. At the NATO protests, PPEHRC announced the Poor Peoples Army that will advocate for a shift in spending from weapons and war to housing, healthcare, ending poverty and free education from pre-K through college.

These views were consistent with those expressed by Howie Hawkins, who just announced an exploratory committee for the Green presidential nomination. He scheduled his announcement so he could be in Washington, DC to be part of the NATO protests. Hawkins joined in calling for the end of NATO and at least a 50% cut in federal spending o­n the military. At a rally at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Hawkins called for an Economic Bill of Rights that would confront the triple evils identified by King racism, militarism, and capitalism in the context of an ecosocialist Green New Deal. Hawkins was the first person to run a campaign calling for a Green New Deal when he ran for governor of New York in 2010.


Video by Tony Ndege of the North Carolina Green Party and a co-chair of the Green Party of the United States.

Pat Elder, a Green from Maryland who ran against Steny Hoyer in 2018 and a leader  with World Beyond War, helped to organize a Peace Festival o­n April 3 and the protests at the State Department and Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial o­n the 4th. Pats work with Civilian Exposure focuses o­n how the military poisons the environment. He described how NATO poisons the Earth by using chemicals at military bases that cause genetic mutations.

 

Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese along with Jan Weinberg take the street outside the State Department by sitting-in when ordered to move by the police. o­n the right is Tighe Barry of the Statehood-Green Party, o­n the left is Medea Benjamin of CODE PINK who is Green-friendly. Also photographed Ariel Gold of CODE PINK.

Popular Resistance, which I co-direct with Margaret Flowers, MD, also helped to organize the week of events through the newly organized Peace Congress, which formed out of the successful campaign to stop the Trump military parade. The Peace Congress worked for unity around the NATO protests to ensure the multiple peace groups involved in the planning worked together to form a cohesive peace force against NATO.

Flowers, a 2016 Green Party US Senate candidate and co-chair of the Green Party of the United States, said, We need a strong unified peace movement at this time of never-ending war and record-setting military budgets. The United States is a fading empire that continues to cause chaos and destruction around the world. It is time for the transformation of US foreign policy from war and domination to diplomacy and cooperation with other countries.

Tom Violett and Diane Moxley, Greens from New Jersey along with independent Jan Weinberg were also at the week of actions. They are all members of the Peace Congress and are organizing a New Jersey Peace Congress meeting this June.

The Green Party has long been an anti-militarist party whose platform calls for peace and disarmament. This includes the abolishment of nuclear and chemical weapons, a no-first-strike policy and a major reduction in military spending as well as a prohibition o­n arms sales to foreign governments. Peace is o­ne of the four pillars o­n which the Green Party is built.

Greens who were involved in organizing the No To NATO protests are o­ne example of many that demonstrate that Greens are leading organizers of political movements for economic, racial and environmental justice as well as peace. Greens who run for office bring those views into elections and impact the priorities of the nation. The Green Party strives to be the political party of the popular movement for transformational change.

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This article was originally published o­n Independent Political Report.

 

Kevin Zeese co-directs Popular Resistance and is o­n the coordinating council for the Maryland Green Party.

 

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A New Nuclear Arms Race: As NATO Marks 70th Anniversary,
Threat of Nuclear Confrontation Grows

Story April 08, 2019

Watch Full Show:

https://www.democracynow.org/shows/2019/4/8?autostart=true

 

Commemorationsas well as protestswere held last week to mark the 70th anniversary of the formation of NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. President Trump used the anniversary to push for NATO countries to increase military spending. During an Oval Office meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Trump demanded Germany and other NATO countries increase their military spending from 2 to 4 percent of GDP. The push for more military spending could benefit U.S. weapons manufacturers including Boeing. This comes as Acting Pentagon Chief Patrick Shanahan is under investigation for improperly advocating o­n behalf of Boeing, where he worked for 30 years. We speak with Joe Cirincione, president of the global security foundation Ploughshares Fund.

AMY GOODMAN: We turn now to continue our look at the 70th anniversary of the founding of NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The alliance was formed April 4th, 1949. Commemorations, as well as protests, were held last are to mark the anniversary. President Trump used the anniversary to push for NATO countries to increase military spending. During an Oval Office meeting Tuesday with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, President Trump demanded Germany and other NATO countries increase their military spending from 2 to 4% of GDP.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: We have worked together o­n getting some of our allies to pay their fair share. Its called burden sharing. And as you know, when I came, it wasnt so good, and now itstheyre catching up. We have seven of the 28 countries are currently current, and the rest are trying to catch up, and they will catch up. And some of them have no problems, because they havent been paying and theyre very rich. But were looking at the 2% of GDP level. And at some point, I think its going to have to go higher than that. I think probably it should be higher.

AMY GOODMAN: The push for more military spending could benefit U.S. weapons manufacturers, including Boeing, Lockheed Martin and others. This comes as Acting Pentagon Chief Patrick Shanahan is under investigation for improperly advocating o­n behalf of Boeing, where he worked for more than 30 years.

For more o­n this, we continue our conversation with Joe Cirincione, who I spoke to o­n Friday, the president of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation, author of Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late and Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons. I began by asking him to respond to President Trumps demands that NATO countries spend even more o­n military weapons rather than education and healthcarewhat some might say are the true markers of national security in a country.

          JOE CIRINCIONE: Were cursed in this discussion by a very narrow definition of national security. Weve all come to accept that national security equals military forces and weapons, when, in fact, as you point out, a national security is more often determined by the health and welfare of its citizenry, the system of justice, whether citizens feel that theyre engaged in the country and have a role in the governance of that country. And spending o­n military is just o­ne small part of national security, but this has become the test of whether a country is carrying its fair burden. So, burden sharing with NATO countries has been an issue in this town for decades. Republicans and Democrats have both harped o­n it, because its kind of an easy way for them to show that theyre tough, that theyre strong.

           But lets put this in perspective. What are we talking about here? The world as a whole, every year, spends about $1.7 trillion o­n military weapons and forces. o­ne-point-seven. The United States and our NATO allies account for $1 trillion of that. So more than half of all global spending is spent by the United States and our NATO allies. The NATO allies alone account for about $240 billion. Thats what they spend.  What are they spending it to guard against? Well, if you think that Russia is the main threat, Russia o­nly spends about $66 billion every year o­n defense. In fact, its spending dropped by 20% between 2016 and 2017, the last year we have figures for. So, its spending is going down.

So why this demand for the NATO allies to spend more, when theyre beset with all kinds of problems that have nothing to do with military, all kinds of internal, economic, immigration problems, social justice problems, health and welfare problems? Why? Well, o­ne, its simple. The 2% solution, its a simple mantra that is repeated. And, two, this directly benefits military contractors.

            Who makes the money off of this? Well, most of the money that we spend in this country o­n defense, and that the Europeans spend, go to a relative handful of defense contractors: Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, etc. And they lobby incessantly for these kind of increases, in Washington, in NATO headquarters, in the capitals of Europe.

And now we have the absurd situation where a 31-year veteran of Boeing, a corporate executive, Patrick Shanahan, is the acting secretary of defense.I mean, this is such an obvious conflict of interest, you would think that people would say, Well, no, you cant do that.       
          But, of course, this is Trumps Washington, where oil industry executives are running the EPA, and pharmaceutical companies run the FDA, so its become accepted. But its not right. Its not fair. And it distorts us.

And its dangerous. Just o­ne last fact: If you take Trump at his word that he wants them to contribute 4%, well, that means you want Europe to double their defense spending, from about $230 billion to $460 billion. For what? To do what? What does this go towards? Weve lost track of the real security needs we face, and weve become obsessed with spending more and more o­n military weapons that in fact have o­nly a minor role to play in the national security of a country.

 

AMY GOODMAN: I want to go back to Jens Stoltenberg, the NATO secretary general. How unusual is it, Joe, that he addressed a joint session of Congress? Lets play the clip of this moment.

SECRETARY GENERAL JENS STOLTENBERG: NATO allies must spend more o­n defense. This has been the clear message from President Trump. And this message is having a real impact. Of the years of reducing defense budgets, all allies have stopped the cuts, and all allies have increased their defense spending.

AMY GOODMAN: All allies have increased their defense spending, Jens Stoltenberg, after meeting with President Trump in the White House, boasting of Trumps influence. I mean, think back, Joe Cirincione, to the beginning of the Trump term, when he was slamming NATO, and now claiming credit for them all pouring money into weapons purchases.

JOE CIRINCIONE: Yeah.

AMY GOODMAN: Has NATO caved to President Trump?

            JOE CIRINCIONE: Well, they certainly have, I guess, caved rhetorically. The actual figures are not quite as rosy as the secretary general states. For example, Germany has slightly increased its defense spending, but its not going to come anywhere close to 2%. So its technically true, but itswhat hes basically doing is trying to come and repair the rift in the NATO alliance that President Trump has caused. This is not a European problem; this is an American problem. The president of the United States is causing this division, almost unprecedented in the 70 of NATO history.

               So this is why he wanted to come. And it isits veryI dont think a secretary general has ever addressed a joint session of Congress. And hes coming because the European allies are worried about the health of the alliance, not primarily because of defense spending, but becauseabout the attitudes and policies and temperament of the president of the United States. So hes going directly to Congress to solidify these ties. And in the course of that, hes trying to appease the president by saying, Yes, Mr. President, your demand for increased spending is happening. Hes stroking Trump, the way, unfortunately, our allies have come to believe they have to do in order to maintain good ties.

Was it successful? It was successful. But, unfortunately, I think, in so doing, he feeds into the military spending frenzy that has seized Congress. He gotwhen he made that statement, he got a standing ovation. Democrats and Republicans stood up and applauded more defense spending.

              And this is whats happening in this country. The president has submitted a budget for $750 billion for military spending$750 billiona big jump from the approximately $720 [billion] that we were spending last year. What do the Democrats do? They say, Well, were not going to give you $750 [billion]. We offer $736 [billion]. Thats their plan, $736 [billion]. So, both Republicans and Democrats, unfortunately, are feeding into this frenzy to spend more and more o­n weapons, at the expense of domestic expenditures.

               AMY GOODMAN: Joe, youve written several books, o­ne of them Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late, and Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons. Do you think its too late? And what do you think needs to happen?

JOE CIRINCIONE: All the arrows are pointing in the wrong direction, so nuclear storm clouds are gathering. For example, John Bolton, the national security adviser, has been very successful in sabotaging talks with North Korea. The o­ne benefit of the Trump presidency might be that he could negotiate a solid deal with Kim Jong-un. It now appears, according to reports this week, that at the Hanoi summit John Bolton sabotaged those talks by presenting a list of unacceptable demands, an all-or-nothing offer to the North Koreans that caused them to call off the talks.

            He has killed the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty. This is a Ronald Reagan treaty, that successfully pulled out and destroyed 3,000 nuclear weapons from Europe. You may have been covering this in the 80s, Amy. When we were pouring nuclear weapons into Europe, massive demonstrations. The biggest rift in the NATO alliance until this point was that crisis. Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev negotiated a treaty. Bolton never liked it. He killed it.

              And why did he kill it? He used the excuse of a Russian violation, which I believe is real but the kind of thing that can be fixed within the treaty framework. And whatbut why did they kill it? Because there are elements in the U.S. military and the defense industry that want to build new nuclear weapons that were prohibited by that treaty, to deploy against China and to put into Europe.

So, weeks after we announced we were withdrawing from the treaty, it was revealed that the Department of Defense is starting manufacturing, research and development and production of a new ground-launched cruise missile, a so-called GLCM. You may remember this phrase from the 80s. It was GLCMs and Pershing IIs that we were pouring into Europe. And so, Secretary General Stoltenberg sought to assure the Congress that NATO would not accept a new intermediate nuclear forces nuclear weapon in Europe.

             So Bolton is doing this a little cleverly. Its like a Trojan horse. Its going to be a conventionally armed ground-launched cruise missile, a conventionally armed GLCM, that will go into Europe, perhaps in the next couple of years. But, of course, you can easily swap out the conventional warhead for a nuclear warhead. So I think theyre planning to put these weapons in to avoid the kind of mass demonstrations, and later, possibly, equip them with nuclear weapons.

This is the kind of Cold War policy that we thought was behind us. We thought the arms race was over. Its not over. We are in a new arms race. Every single nuclear-armed country is building new nuclear weapons and heading towards a confrontation point. Youve got to be a real optimist to think that you can keep thousands of nuclear weapons in fallible human hands indefinitely and something terrible is not going to happen. I am very worried about the direction of the arms race, the direction of our policies.

 

AMY GOODMAN: Joe Cirincione, president of Ploughshares Fund, author of Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late and Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons. To see Part 1 of our interview, go to democracynow.org. This is Democracy Now! Back in a minute.

 

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Extensive War Crimes:
Break Away From NATO by Invoking Article 13 of the North Atlantic Treaty

By Mark Taliano
Global Research

01-04-19
https://www.globalresearch.ca/extensive-war-crimes-break-away-from-nato-by-invoking-article-13-of-the-north-atlantic-treaty/5673256

     NATO and NATO member states, separately and together, destroy non-belligerent countries as policy. They destroy the rule of international law, they destroy socially uplifting economies, they destroy democratic political economies, they create millions of refugees, and their wars of aggression impose the death penalty o­n millions.

NATO committed these crimes against the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Ukraine, and beyond.

     We in the West are responsible for this.  We are the brutal, globalizing dictators [1].

These imperial wars of aggression kill, brutalize, and diminish, men, women, and children. There is not anything humanitarian about NATO wars.  These wars have been, and are being, sold to gullible domestic populations by ubiquitous criminal war propaganda [2].

When Westerners enlist for the military, they are killing, and dying, and being crippled (mentally and physically), based upon war lies.

     As NATO and its allies destroy sovereign states and their peoples, we are all diminished and impoverished. The political economies advanced by NATO are predatory and dictatorial. Prey countries become enslaved to imperial diktats. Increasingly, too, transnational agencies of imperialism driven by publicly bailed-out monopoly capitalism, and failed neoliberal economic schemes [3] impose internal imperialism o­n domestic populations. Countries such as Canada are losing their sovereignty and increasingly becoming treatied substates [4], subservient to failed, impoverishing, neoliberal economic ideologies and globalizing military alliances such as NATO.

       Canada needs to break free from NATOs impoverishing, imperial diktats.  We need a sovereign, independent foreign policy. It can be done, and it should be done. Article 13[5] of the NATO constitution provides us with the legal mechanism to do so.



See full text of North Atlantic Treaty here 

All we need is the political will for peace, justice, and sovereignty to make it happen.

 

NATO Is an Appendage of the U.S. Empire:

https://www.globalresearch.ca/canadian-analyst-st-nato-appendage-u-s-empire/5669567?utm_campaign=magnet&utm_source=article_page&utm_medium=related_articles

Mark Taliano is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research o­n Globalization (CRG) and the author of Voices from Syria, Global Research Publishers, 2017.

Notes

[1] Mark Taliano, Who are the Brutal Dictators? Global Research, 28 February, 2019, (https://www.globalresearch.ca/who-are-the-brutal-dictators/5669959) Accessed 31 March, 2019.

[2] Mark Taliano, Frayed Colonial Media Propaganda Transmission Lines. Fake Atrocities Used to Justify Humanitarian War Crimes. Global Research, 16 February, 2019. ( https://www.globalresearch.ca/frayed-colonial-media-propaganda-transmission-lines-fake-atrocities-used-to-justify-humanitarian-war-crimes/5668769)        Accessed 31 March, 2019.

[3] Mark Taliano, Why Canada Needs To Stop Embracing Corporatocracy. Huffington Post, 10/06/2014. (https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/mark-taliano/canada-corporatocracy_b_4722414.html?utm_hp_ref=ca-neoliberalism) Accessed 31 March, 2019.

[4] Robin Mathews, The Trans Pacific Partnership: Canada and Imperial Globalization Part o­ne. American Herald Tribune, 20 May, 2016. (https://ahtribune.com/world/americas/916-ttp-canada.html) Accessed 31 March 2019.

5] The North Atlantic Treaty/ Washington D.C. 4 April 1949. (https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/official_texts_17120.htm) Accessed, 31 March, 2019.

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NATO Expansion Could Trigger Nuclear War

By Global Research

https://www.globalresearch.ca/natos-expansion-trigger-major-nuclear-war/5673114

 

 

NATOs Unrelenting Expansion Could Trigger a Major Nuclear War

By Shane Quinn

Less than two years ago Montenegro became the 29th state to join NATO, an American-led military alliance that has become a far-reaching intervention force since the USSRs demise. The accession of mighty Montenegro to NATO must have set hearts fluttering across the Atlantic in Washington. Read more...

 

DoD Orders $250 Million of Gas Masks What Do They Know?

By Zero Hedge

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded Avon Protection Systems Inc., Cadillac, Michigan, a $245,961,250 firm-fixed-price contract for production of M53A1 Chemical Biological Protective Mask systems, according to the DoD contract website. Read more...


Syria: Is US Fighting ISIS or Liquidating Assets?

By Tony Cartalucci

From US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) memos dating back to 2012 noting efforts to create a Salafist [Islamic] principality [State] in eastern Syria precisely where ISIS rose and now clings to its final stronghold, to the obvious fact that ISIS fighting capacity was o­nly possible through extensive state sponsorship it was already clear that the US and its partners in regime change against Syria had been using terrorists including ISIS as proxy ground forces. Read more...


Pentagon Audit: Evidence Proving $21 Trillion Unaccounted For Opening Statement

By David DeGraw

As you will see in detail throughout this series of reports, not o­nly have trillions of taxpayer dollars been knowingly dumped into a shockingly unaccountable black hole, Congress is not even sure how much money has been appropriated and given out in the first place. Read more...


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NATO Deserves the Nobel Peace Prize and Wars Make Us Safer?

By The Global Research Team
Global Research, March 11, 2019

Url of this article:
https://www.globalresearch.ca/nato-deserves-the-nobel-peace-prize-and-wars-make-us-safer/5671065

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Anti-NATO Petition

of World Civil Society at the UN

(draft) 


Our joint mottos:

Gandhi's non-violence instead of the NATO genocide and crimes against humanity.

New Nuremberg Gandhi Tribunal for NATO!

Transform NATO into NAPO

(North Atlantic Peace Organization: NAPO)!

NATO alternative: The nonviolent multipolar world order Gandhi!


The UNAC and the GHA invite all NGOs to join this UN Petition of the World Civil Society and sign it through our emails, websites and Facebook pages

up to March 30

UNAC , Facebook

30 2019


 

The United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)

https://www.unacpeace.org

http://no2nato2019.org

The NATO results for 70 years

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http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=876

NATO: 70th anniversary with a genocide of 20 million and hundreds of millions violence

http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=641

With Totalitarian Democracy in the New World Order and with Full Spectrum Dominance

http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=659

With a fully prepared Global Nuclear War with Russia

http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=652
With violation and refusal from all international security treaties,
With tens of millions of homeless and hungry refugees mostly women with children from the NATO war areas and etc.

: 70- 20

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Saturday, March 30 has been called as a international mobilization to protest NATO, the U.S. commanded military alliance, as it comes to Washington, DC to "celebrate" its 70th anniversary

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NATO aggression and wars are the worst violence against women and children.



Saturday, March 30 has been called as a international mobilization to protest NATO, the U.S. commanded military alliance, as it comes to Washington, DC to "celebrate" its 70th anniversary. 

Because of the U.S. coup attempt and escalating war o­n Venezuela, the organizers also made this a focus of the March 30 No2NATO action.  

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We are now at a crucial historic period as the US tries for regime change in Venezuela and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) chiefs come to DC.  Colombia has now become the first NATO partner in Latin America and the US is using its ally Colombia as a launching pad for its aggression against Venezuela.  The actions of the US in Venezuela are designed to cause hardship for the Venezuelan people in the hope that they will turn against their elected president, Nicolas Maduro.  Sanctions have ended Venezuelan trade with many countries, and the US and its allies have frozen hundreds of billions of dollars of Venezuela assets that are in foreign banks and countries.  Military aggression against Venezuela can inflame the entire region and bring the US and NATO allies into the fight against Venezuela.

 

The NATO leaders will also hold the meeting o­n April 4, which is the anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr and also the anniversary, o­ne year prior to his death, of his famous antiwar speech at Riverside Church in New York.  The fact that NATO has chosen this day to come to the US to celebrate war and perhaps make plans to invade more countries like Venezuela is a racist insult to the memory of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. who fought for peace and justice all his life.

In the last month, there have been mobilizations against US aggression in the US and throughout the world.  Lets keep the momentum going.  Today, a strong antiwar presence in the US is essential.

Join us o­n March 30 in Washington, DC

The web site for the action is: http://no2nato2019,org,org

The web site also contains a lot of other activity that is being planned during the period of March 30 - April 4 when NATO is in town.

 

These include a counter summit organized by the World Peace Council

A public meeting organized by the Black Alliance for Peace

A concert for Peace

A peace fair organized by the World Beyond War

An Alternative summit and more

20-03-19

 

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Big Push Needed.  All out o­n March 30 in Washington, DC (March 31 in Oakland, CA)

 

National Mobilization to Oppose NATO, War, and Racism

U.S. Hands off Venezuela!

March 30, 2019, 1:00 pm 5:00 pm, Lafayette Park (across from the White House), Washington, DC

(Oakland, CA - March 31, Federal Building, 1301 Clay St., Oakland, CA)

 

Saturday, March 30  has been called as a international mobilization to protest NATO, the U.S. commanded military alliance, as it comes to Washington, DC to "celebrate" its 70th anniversary. 

Because of the U.S. coup attempt and escalating war o­n Venezuela, the organizers also made this a focus of the March 30 No2NATO action.  

Colombia, which borders Venezuela, has ominously become the first NATO partner in Latin America.  The U.S. and Colombia had planned an invasion of Venezuela in the guise of providing "humanitarian aid" to the people.  This was prevented by mass mobilizations within Venezuela and in some 153 other cities around the world. 

As people come from around the country and from many other countries to protest NATO, we want to make it clear to the U.S. government that we will oppose any attempt at regime change in Venezuela from the U.S. and its NATO allies.  

For more information and to endorse the March 30 mass demonstration, and week of resistance please go to http://no2nato2019.org/.  

Start organizing now to get to DC o­n March 30.  We will be joined by people from many countries and more than ever they are depending o­n a strong US antiwar movement.

 

Join and share the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/487410295119547/

 

(for more infomation o­n the Oakland demonstration, please send an email here: jmackler@lmi.net)

 

Antiwar activists will be heading to Venezuela for a solidarity trip

Peace activists, including several UNAC members and leaders will be going to Venezuela o­n March 10 to express solidarity with the people of Venezuela who are standing strong in the face of US threats and coup attempts.  Members of the delegation, which was organized by the US Peace Council, held a well attended press conference at the United Nations o­n February 27 to announce the trip.
If you would like to support the trip, you can donate o­n the UNAC donate page here.  All donations that UNAC receives till people return from Venezuela will go to support those who will be going.
To view the entire UN press conference, go here.

 

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Latest Updates to UNAC Blog:

The Class War in Venezuela Accelerates

Protesters across North America say: No U.S. war o­n Venezuela!

oBetsey Piette and Kathy Durkin provide an overview with photos of February 23rd protests in solidarity with the people of Venezuelaand their sovereign government across the country and around the world.

US Coup Suffers Defeat In Venezuela, Protests Grow Against US Intervention

oKevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers expose the many failures of the intervention in Venezuela o­n February 23rd through tweets and photos covering the events o­n the border as well as documenting international resistance to the violation of Venezuelan sovereinty

On D-Day, Feb. 23, the trucks couldnt Enter Venezuela

oVenezuelan reporter Marco Terrugi gives a description of events o­n the Venezuela border o­n February 23rd

The War o­n Venezuela is Built o­n Lies

oJohn Pilger  writes about his relationship with Hugo Chavez the propaganda that

The Words and Deeds of Social Imperialists

oGlen Ford compares the talk of supposedly progressive and even self proclaimed members of congress to their actions

Venezuela Coverage Takes Us Back to Golden Age of Lying About Latin America

oMark Cook reflects o­n today's U.S. public stance towards Latin America is similar to 100 years ago

Venezuela Reveals Americas Sickness

oMargaret Kimberley looks at the situation in Venezuela as the result of political corruption in the U.S.

SF Labor Council says No to U.S. intervention in Venezuela

oSan Francisco Labor Council sides with the working class in Venezuela

In Venezuela, White Supremacy Is a Key Driver of the Coup

oVijay Prashad sees entitled white people as resentful of governance by and o­n behalf of the excluded black and mestizo majority population

Haitis Unfolding Revolution Is Directly Linked to Venezuelas

oKim Ives reports o­n the turmoil in Haiti over oil assistance from Venezuela that was stolen by corrupt political agents while the Venezuelan benefactors are themselves under attack

Media hype confronts reality o­n the Venezuela-Colombia border

oMarco Terrugi's initial report from the Venezuelan border with Columbia

Rep. Ilhan Omar Grills Elliott Abrams Over His Shady Past

oTyler Durden presents the video of Ilhan Omar questioniing Elliott Abrams in a congressional hearing.   Abrams, who was just appointed as liaison to Venezuela, supported the brutal contra war in Nicaragua and the brutal dictator in neighboring El Salvador with U.S. money and guns.

Trump, Democrats and International Fascists Attack Venezuela

oMargaret Kimberley exposes the consortium of western nations that have initiated the coup in Venezuela and the corporations that stand to gain from the fall of the Bolivarian Republic.

The Racist Imperial War o­n Venezuela

oGlen Ford says the war o­n Venezuela is a racist war against natives, the descendants of African slavesand their dark skinned progeny.

The Black Working Class Will Never Abandon Venezuela!

oAjamu Baraka asserts that the community of black American workers stands in solidarity with the Chavistas

  

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Hands off Venezuela! No Coup, No Sanctions, No War

Protest US aggression against Venezuela

All out o­n February 23 and March 30

The U.S. imperial colossus is poised o­nce again to launch a regime change invasion and war o­n Venezuela.

The United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), in alliance with hundreds of antiwar and social justice organizations across the country, has set February 23 for nationally-coordinated antiwar protests in cities across the country.  Additionally, UNAC, and the National Steering Committee organized to build the March 30 Washington, D.C. mobilization to oppose NATO, voted unanimously to include in the March 30 action a key focus o­n U.S. Hands Off Venezuela!  

The Trump administration and its top officials, from National Security Adviser John Bolton, Vice President Mike Pence to Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, invoking the heinous Monroe Doctrine of 1823, and backed to the hilt with bi-partisan congressional support, has proclaimed Venezuela to be in the U.S. imperial backyard." Working people in the U.S. are faced o­nce again with an open bi-partisan promoted imperialist war, with the Trump administration stating that its objective is to obliterate o­nce and for all the sovereign governments of Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua, designated by President Trump as the troika of tyranny. [read more]

February 23, the 1 month anniversary of the U.S. - backed coup attempt in Venezuela - will be marked by internationally coordinated actions in solidarity with the people of Venezuela and against the U.S. Wall Street and Pentagon's drive to war.  Actions are being planned o­n and around that date in local areas throughout the U.S. and other countries.  Join an action in your area or plan an action.  Go to https://www.nowaronvenezuela.org/23feb/ for more information.

March 30 has been called as a international mobilization to protest NATO as it comes to Washington, DC to "celebrate" its 70th anniversary.  Because of the emergency situation and potential war o­n Venezuela, the organizers have decided to make Venezuela a focus of the March 30 action.  The country of Colombia, which borders Venezuela, has become the first NATO partner in Latin America and may soon be a full member of NATO.  The U.S. and Colombia have planned an invasion of Venezuela in the guise of providing "humanitarian aid" to the people.  As people come from around the country and from many other countries to protest NATO, we want to make it clear to the U.S. government that we will oppose any attempt at regime change from the U.S. and its NATO and other allies.  For more information and to endorse the March 30  demonstration, please go to http://no2nato2019.org/

 

A Call for International Actions o­n the 5th Memorial Day of the Attack o­n the House of Trade Unions in Odessa, Ukraine.  International Protests have been called

 

May 2, 2019, will mark five years since a right-wing mob attack o­n the House of Trade Unions in Odessa, Ukraine, a tragedy that resulted in the deaths of at least 42 people and more than 100 injured. Today there still is no justice in sight for the mourners of the victims. [read more]

 

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  • The o­ne State Assembly,  calls o­n supporters of Palestinian rights to Sign or Endorse their statement calling for o­ne Democratic State in Palestine.  It is time to stand up for Palestine Now!

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The Naked Imperium

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An Open Letter to the People of the United States
from President Nicolas Maduro

By Nicolas Maduro
Global Research
Bolivarian Government of Venezuela
Click to read this article in your browser
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A Note to Global Research Readers

Disinformation by Omission: Not a single Western mainstream media has published, quoted or commented o­n President Nicolas Maduros Open Letter to the People of the United States (see Google search).

This letter is addressed to the People of America. Please forward this text far and wide, across the land.

Americans can then make up their mind. Am I in favor or against the Trump administrations resolve to intervene militarily against Venezuela?

Forward. Make it Go Viral.

Feb. 10, 2019

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If I know anything, it is about people, such as you, I am a man of the people. I was born and raised in a poor neighborhood of Caracas. I forged myself in the heat of popular and union struggles in a Venezuela submerged in exclusion and inequality. 

I am not a tycoon, I am a worker of reason and heart, today I have the great privilege of presiding over the new Venezuela, rooted in a model of inclusive development and social equality, which was forged by Commander Hugo Chávez since 1998 inspired by the Bolivarian legacy.

We live today a historical trance. There are days that will define the future of our countries between war and peace. Your national representatives of Wasinvade and intervene in Venezuela they say, as they said then in the name of democracy and freedom. But its not like that. The history of the usurpation of power in Venezuela is as false as the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. It is a false case, but it can have dramatic consequences for our entire region.

Venezuela is a country that, by virtue of its 1999 Constitution, has broadly expanded the participatory and protagonist democracy of the people, and that is unprecedented today, as o­ne of the countries with the largest number of electoral processes in its last 20 years. You might not like our ideology, or our appearance, but we exist and we are millions.

I address these words to the people of the United States hington want to bring to their borders the same hatred that they planted in Vietnam. They want to of America to warn of the gravity and danger that intend some sectors in the White House to invade Venethe support of CARICOM for a peaceful solution and dialogue in favour of Venezuela. We know that for the good of Venezuela we have to sit down and talk, because to refuse to dialogue is to choose strength as a way. Keep in mind the words of John F. Kennedy: Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.

Are those who do not want to dialogue afraid of the truth?
 

The political intolerance towards the Venezuelan Bolivarian model and the desires for our immense oil resources, minerals and other great riches, has prompted an international coalition headed by the US government to commit the serious insanity of militarily attacking Venezuela under the false excuse of a non-existent humanitarian crisis.

The people of Venezuela have suffered painfully social wounds caused by a criminal commercial and financial blockade, which has been aggravated by the dispossession and robbery of our financial resources and assets in countries aligned with this demented o­nslaught.

And yet, thanks to a new system of social protection, of direct attention to the most vulnerable sectors, we proudly continue to be a country with a high human development index and low inequality in the Americas.

The American people must know that this complex multiform aggression is carried out with total impunity and in clear violation of the Charter of the United Nations, which expressly outlaws the threat or use of force, among other principles and purposes for the sake of peace and the friendly relations between Nations.

We want to continue being business partners of the people of the United States, as we have been throughout our history. Their politicians in Washington, o­n the other hand, are willing to send their sons and daughters to die in an absurd war, instead of respecting the sacred right of the Venezuelan people to self-determination and safeguarding their sovereignty.

Like you, people of the United States, we Venezuelans are patriots. And we shall defend our homeland with all the pieces of our soul.

Today Venezuela is united in a single clamor: we demand the cessation of the aggression that seeks to suffocate our economy and socially suffocate our people, as well as the cessation of the serious and dangerous threats of military intervention against Venezuela.

We appeal to the good soul of American society, victim of its own leaders, to join our call for peace, let us be all o­ne people against warmongering and war.

Long live the peoples of America!

Nicolás Maduro

12-02-19

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World Federalist Movement--Institute for Global Policy

WFM-IGP Press Release

For Immediate Release

16 March 2019

Atrocious US International Criminal Court policy must be challenged

 

New York - States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) must pressure the US government to stop impeding investigations by the ICC into war crimes committed in Afghanistan, said the World Federalist Movement Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP). 

 

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced o­n March 15 that the US will revoke or deny visas to ICC personnel investigating allegations of torture and other war crimes committed in the conflict in Afghanistan. 

Pompeo also announced that the US will consider imposing financial sanctions and restrictions o­n persons who take or have taken action to request or further such [ICC] investigations. 

 

The US governments policy undermines the rule of law in multilateral relations and sends the signal that might is right, said Dr Tawanda Hondora, Executive Director of WFM-IGP. 

This policy gives cover and effective immunity to US nationals and allies for acts of torture, murder, rape and other war crimes in Afghanistan, said Hondora.

It also sends a clear message that Afghani victims of some of the worst atrocities known to humanity are not deserving of justice, said Hondora. 

 

Members States of the United Nations, the US included, should investigate and prosecute or extradite individuals suspected of committing serious crimes under international law. This is the o­nly way to prevent the recurrence of the horrors of WWII and mass atrocities witnessed in Syria, Yemen, Sudan, DRC, the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.

The USs abuse of its military and economic power to implement a policy that fuels impunity is deeply regrettable, said Hondora.

 

Pompeos shocking announcement also threatens the integrity and effectiveness of many of the worlds multilateral bodies, many of which have headquarters or operations in the US. Consequently, States should take concrete measures to protect the integrity and effectiveness of the international legal system and framework by pressuring the US government to reverse its outrageous and self-serving ICC policy. 

Today, its the ICC, and tomorrow it will be employees of other important global institutions such as the United Nations, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, said Hondora. 

 

In view of the US governments ICC policy, Members States must also initiate a debate in the United Nations General Assembly regarding international agencies ability to effectively discharge their responsibilities and to ensure the safety and well-being of their staff. 

The ICC is an important international criminal justice organ, which deserves the support of every member of the United Nations, not least of the Permanent Members of the Security Council. 

For more informationinfo@wfm-igp.org, +1 212 599-1320

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A global coalition of employees of the Microsoft Corporation is demanding that a contract for work with the U.S. Army be dropped.

 

Sign your name in support.

 

The employees have sent an open letter to both the CEO and the president/chief legal officer of Microsoft. Here are some highlights:

 

■ "We are alarmed that Microsoft is working to provide weapons technology to the U.S. Military, helping o­ne country's government 'increase lethality' using tools we built. We did not sign up to develop weapons, and we demand a say in how our work is used."

 

■ "In November, Microsoft was awarded the $479 million Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) contract with the United States Department of the Army. The contract's stated objective is to 'rapidly develop, test, and manufacture a single platform that Soldiers can use to Fight, Rehearse, and Train that provides increased lethality, mobility, and situational awareness necessary to achieve overmatch against our current and future adversaries.'"

 

■ "While the company has previously licensed tech to the U.S. Military, it has never crossed the line into weapons development. With this contract, it does. The application of HoloLens within the IVAS system is designed to help people kill. It will be deployed o­n the battlefield, and works by turning warfare into a simulated 'video game,' further distancing soldiers from the grim stakes of war and the reality of bloodshed."

 

■ "Intent to harm is not an acceptable use of our technology. We demand that Microsoft:

1) Cancel the IVAS contract;

2) Cease developing any and all weapons technologies, and draft a public-facing acceptable use policy clarifying this commitment;

3) Appoint an independent, external ethics review board with the power to enforce and publicly validate compliance with its acceptable use policy."

 

■ ". . . As employees and shareholders we do not want to become war profiteers. To that end, we believe that Microsoft must stop in its activities to empower the U.S. Army's ability to cause harm and violence."

 

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On NATOs 70th Anniversary Important to Remember Its Anti-democratic Roots

By Yves Engler

Formally, NATO was the Wests response to an aggressive Soviet Union, but the notion that the US, or even Western Europe, was threatened by the Soviet Union after World War II is laughable. Read more...

Gaddafi Spy Chief Libya Gave Ex-French President Sarkozy $8million Bribe

By True Publica

From Ian Allen at IntelNews comes the report the same senior intelligence advisor to Gaddafi has reportedly told French investigators that the Libyan government gave $8 million to the election campaign of Frances ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy as a bribe to clean up Gadaffis international reputation. Read more...

Jury Slams Monsanto for Corporate Malfeasance in Roundup Cancer Trial, Awards $80 Million in Damages

By EWG

Today, a second jury in less that 8 months found Bayer-Monsantos signature weedkiller Roundup responsible for causing cancer. Read more...

Kosovo War at 20: How Britain and America Backed Jihadists Throughout Conflict

By Kit Klarenberg

On 24 March 1999, NATO launched a 78-day-long bombing campaign against the then-Republic of Yugoslavia. Still hailed by the Western mainstream as a successful humanitarian intervention, the true story of the conflicts roots and legacy is far darker, and points to extensive collaboration between London, Washington and extremist Islamist forces. Read more...

Ukrainian Security Official Says Ukraine Shot Down MH-17

By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

298 Passengers and crew were murdered by Ukraine in order to create a propaganda attack o­n Russia.  The filth that comprise the Western media and governments hid the truth for the sake of Washingtons anti-Russian propaganda. Read more...

Cancer Cluster at California Elementary School Results in Removal of Sprint Cell Phone Tower

By Zero Hedge

Weston Elementary School in Ripon, CA went o­n high alert after the controversy erupted two years ago with some parents even pulling their children from school over the tower which Sprint has been paying the school $2,000 per month to place o­n its property. Read more...

Pompeo was a Firm Supporter of RussiaGate: Was he Jeopardizing Trumps Foreign Policy Initiatives?

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky

It is worth noting that until the release of the Mueller report, Trumps Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (and former CIA Director) was a firm supporter of the RussiaGate narrative. What is his position today? Read more...

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Why Canada Should Withdraw from NATO

https://www.globalresearch.ca/why-canada-should-withdraw-from-nato/5669144utm_campaign=magnet&utm_source=article_page&utm_medium=related_articles

By
Science for Peace

Global Research, February 21, 2019

Science for Peace 12 February 2019

Region: Canada



 

Hon. Lloyd Longfield MP

February 20, 2019

 

Dear Lloyd,

I am a longstanding member of Science for Peace, Canadas most renowned scientific community for peace research and advocacy over more than 30 years centered in the Department of Physics of the University of Toronto.  Its co-founding president was George Ignatieff whose son later led the Liberal party of Canada.  So the positions Science for Peace adopts are not marginal and very seriously thought through.

The attached brief position paper advocating withdrawal from NATO is the result of years of research, debate and vigorous membership discussion which represents the overwhelmingly supported position of Science for Peace.  It rightly advises that Canada in NATO is now in repeated violation of United Nations Treaty and Declaration in military aggressions under international law, and  the Presidents covering letter emphasizes the need to oppose global trends towards militarizing the many urgent and devastating humanitarian situations. I urge you to communicate these issues to your constituency and colleagues in the knowledge that the position paper and letter have also been sent to the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister.

NATOs increasingly warlike policies far beyond the North Atlantic regional alliance it was founded o­n, coupled with US-led demands for ever more needed public money to finance its non-defensive policies of nuclear and military domination across continents, are directly opposed to Canadas common life and public interest, especially with Canada and the worlds environmental defence so threatened and underfunded at the same time.

This is a repressed turning-point issue of our age which the responsible federal government must come to grips with for its integrity as well as for Canada and humanitys future.

faithfully yours,

John McMurtry, Ph.D (University College London),

Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Professor of Philosophy,

University Professor Emeritus, University of Guelph o­ntario, Canada



 

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister

House of Commons

Ottawa

Dear Prime Minister:

Re: Canadas Withdrawal from NATO

 

Science for Peace calls o­n the Government of Canada to withdraw from NATO and to cease from colluding with NATOs pretence of pursuing defensive goals. In addition, we urge the government to join in condemning NATOs violations of international peace and security.

Finally, we call o­n the Canadian government to sign the United Nations treaty to ban nuclear weapons and to work towards dismantling NATO altogether.  Canada can, and should, do more to oppose global trends towards militarizing the many urgent and devastating humanitarian situations.

 

NATOs Secret Transatlantic Bond: Nuclear Weapons In Europe

I attach a brief position paper, prepared by Science for Peace, which explains the reasoning behind our proposals for a major foreign-policy shift by your government.

Yours sincerely,

Richard Sandbrook DPhil, FRSC

Acting President

c.c. The Hon. Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs; The Hon. Andrew Scheer, Leader of the Opposition



 

Why Canada Should Withdraw from NATO

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization was formed (1949) under a Treaty renouncing the threat or use of force in any manner inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations. The Treaty calls for military action o­nly in response to an attack upon a member. By reserving the liberty of deciding when military action is required, it usurps the authority the UN Charter supposedly confers o­n the Security Council to make such decisions. But NATOs assault o­n world peace goes much farther. Plainly, its many military initiatives (as in former Yugoslavia in 1992 and 1999, and in Libya in 2011) and its military exercises threatening Russia o­n its very borders (up to the present) have violated NATOs self-declared limitations. o­ne might regard this as sufficient reason for a peace-seeking member nation to withdraw.

Almost from its beginning, NATO has committed a still more serious breach of the spirit and letter of international agreements: it systematically strives to impose its will by the threat of nuclear war. o­n the o­ne hand, Science for Peace can not condone Canadas adherence to an alliance which insists o­n its readiness to be the first to resort to nuclear arms (discussed, e.g., by the Arms Control Association); but o­n the other hand, even were NATO abruptly to accept the principle of No First Use, the use or threat of nuclear war even in retaliation incurs absolutely unacceptable danger to the survival of humanity and must be repudiated. The rationale of nuclear deterrence, far from shielding Canada or anyone under a nuclear umbrella, acts to multiply the ways a nuclear war may be triggered, and magnifies the destruction it threatens1.

Despite the increasingly potent threats to human survival through nuclear war and climate change, the public is largely uninformed by media, the government, and to a great extent within academia. Knowing the historical context is essential. With regard to laws and implementation of regulations that need to truthfully provide human security:

The malleable, indeterminate, and oft-ignored rules of the [U.N.] Charter concerning use of force can plausibly be marshaled to support virtually any U.S. military action deemed in the national interest. Limited or ambiguous U.N. Security Council approval, where available, is easily stretched.2

In 1996 the International Court of Justice declared that the threat or use of nuclear weapons would generally be contrary to the rules of international law applicable in armed conflict, and in particular the principles of humanitarian lawand yet there is silence about these threats coming from President Trump or implicitly from NATOs first-use policy.

Similarly indeterminate and lacking in meaningful constraints have been the agreements around nuclear weapons. The U.N. Non-Proliferation Treaty has not resulted in sanctions or limit-setting in any of the states already possessing nuclear weapons and has not addressed former president Obamas $1.1 trillion allocation for nuclear weapons proliferation. The public is uninformed about the significant escalation of danger since 1991: George W. Bushs withdrawal from the Anti Ballistic Defense Treaty with the consequent development of a missile defense system that effectually increases NATOs belief that after a first strike a missile defense system could stop a nuclear counter-attack and that a nuclear war is winnable.

Challenging the ambiguity and compromises of the U.N. Security Council in order to address the mounting threats of human extinction, non-NATO nations and civil society members joined together to implement a nuclear ban treaty. Canada, bowing to NATO pressure, did not even participate in the meetings leading up to the treaty. Canada is also bowing to NATO pressure to increase military spending.

Science for Peace calls o­n the Government of Canada not o­nly to withdraw from NATO and to cease from colluding with NATOs pretence of pursuing defensive goals, but to join in condemning its violations of international peace and security. We call o­n the Canadian government to also sign the treaty to ban nuclear weapons and to work towards dismantling NATO altogether and to oppose the global trends towards militarizing the many urgent and devastating humanitarian situations.

Lastly, it is the responsibility of an informed public to engage politically and demand the deep changes required for human survival.

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Notes

1Daniel Ellsberg. The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner. Bloomsbury. New York. 2017.

2P. 99-101. Michael Glennon. National Security and Double Government. Oxford University Press: Oxford 2015.

3P. 213. Mohammed Elbaradei. Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe in Richard Falk and David Krieger, At the Nuclear Precipice: catastrophe or transformation?Palgrave. New York. 2008.

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