ACTION ALERT: An Urgent Call for a Multipolar Peace Coalition
February 10, 2016
Heinrich Buecker / Coop Anti-War Cafe Berlin
We are anti-war activists in Berlin, Germany and have written a declaration, urgently asking all who seek peace, to sign on supporting the formation of a coalition opposing the growing threat of world war. Our world stands at a critical and dangerous juncture. The destructive policy of unilateral military intervention and illegal regime change promoted and practiced by the United States, its allies. The time has come to counter this grave threat to humanity.
ACTION ALERT An Urgent Call for a Multipolar Peace Coalition
Heinrich Buecker / Coop Anti-War Cafe Berlin
COOP ANTI-WAR CAFÉ, BERLIN -- (February 8, 2016) -- We are anti-war activists in Berlin, Germany and have written a declaration, urgently asking all who seek peace, to sign on supporting the formation of a coalition opposing the growing threat of world war. The declaration is online since last week.
The short form of the declaration can be signed here. An extended version follows below. We would very much appreciate if you would consider signing the declaration.
Multipolar World against War
An Urgent Call for a Multipolar Coalition
Our world stands at a critical and dangerous juncture. The destructive policy of unilateral military intervention and illegal regime change promoted and practiced by the United States, its allies and the media has led to the possibility of a military confrontation between major world powers and nuclear-armed nations that could trigger a new World War.
The time has come to counter this grave threat to humanity. Respect must be restored to the principles of sovereignty, self-determination and non-interventionism -- and the adherence to international law must be paramount.
This is an urgent call to all nations, organizations, movements and individuals worldwide, to join together in forming a global coalition that seeks to avert disaster by strengthening Multipolar cooperation, peaceful diplomacy and international law, while categorically rejecting interventionism and unilateral aggression.
Do we want a Unipolar world in which Western wars dictate the world's fate, or a Multipolar world where sovereign countries work towards an environment of peace, cooperation and mutual respect? It is clear that WE, the global majority, choose the latter.
Join us in signing, sponsoring and/or widely disseminating this declaration and all like-minded efforts.
"NO to War, YES to a Multipolar World!"
Multipolar World Against War:
An Urgent Call for a Multipolar Coalition for Peace
Our world stands at a critical and dangerous juncture. The destructive policy of unilateral military intervention and illegal regime change practiced by the United States and its allies has led to the possibility of a military confrontation between major world powers and nuclear-armed nations that could trigger a new World War
This is an urgent call to all nations, organizations and individuals worldwide, to join together in forming a global coalition that seeks to avert disaster by strengthening Multipolar cooperation, peaceful diplomacy and international law, while categorically rejecting interventionism and unilateral aggression.
The world has arrived at this point because of reckless foreign policy, gross human rights violations and the wanton destruction of entire cultures. Since the end of the Cold War, the US's latest aggressive policy shift was enshrined in a PNAC (Project for a New American Century) document published in September 2000 entitled, "Rebuilding America's Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources
For a New Century," where they revealingly determined that:
". . .If an American peace is to be maintained and expanded, it must have a secure foundation on unquestioned US military preeminence. . .."
Under the media guise of "The War on Terror", "WMD's" or "Humanitarianism", the US (together with its allies) presently executes this overtly imperialist doctrine through the expansion of NATO, the launching of multiple wars for control of foreign resources, and the establishment of hundreds of military bases overseas. It overthrows non-compliant heads-of-state through the use of unsanctioned military force or color revolutions.
It contaminates entire regions with cancer-causing depleted uranium munitions. It justifies the use of torture, electronic surveillance, killer drones, cyber warfare, and the rolling back of domestic civil liberties -- while whistleblowers that expose these crimes are threatened and criminalized.
Even economic warfare in the form of sanctions, vulture capitalism, IMF-imposed austerity, secretly negotiated trade deals like TTIP, and financial manipulation is unleashed against its enemies -- and even its allies -- forcing them into submission.
Is the world safer? What are the results of these unilateral actions? The promises of increased democracy, national security and economic well-being from Western intervention has only left a deadly legacy of failed states and disastrous outcomes. Furthermore, this unilateral policy is now targeting Russia and China, exposing humanity to the risk of global thermonuclear war.
In East Asia, Washington has deemed China's dynamic rise as a strategic threat to US interests, and has responded militarily by agitating and encircling China, while inflaming territorial disputes with its neighbors.
At the same time, neo-liberal free-trade agreements negotiated in secret like TPP are being implemented to counter China's economic influence, while enabling corporations to keep workers exploited, environmental protections sidelined, and entire nations powerless.
Meanwhile, the US and NATO are backing a corrupt regime with Nazi ties in Ukraine that they put into power through a violent coup. The regime's repressive policies sparked a civil war that created more than a million refugees, prompting Crimean residents against the coup to rejoin Russia in a referendum.
Though more than 90% of Crimeans voted in favor of reunification, the Western powers and the media accused Russia of interference, choosing to apply tough economic sanctions, and to station NATO military personnel and weapons directly on Russia's borders. The West is even considering the European redeployment of nuclear weapons to "counter the Russian threat". Does this make the world safer?
In Syria, the US/NATO/Gulf Coalition is illegally waging a dual campaign of fighting terrorism and regime change simultaneously, demanding that yet another elected head-of-state step down. However, this US-led Coalition is supporting extremist mercenaries with strong links to Al Qaeda and ISIS whom they dub "the moderate opposition" to bring down the Syrian government.
So while they officially condemn terrorism and pledge to fight it, they continue to train, fund, arm, and support the very groups they say they are fighting.
Worse still, the US-led Coalition, illegally operating without a UN mandate and no permission from the Syrian government, is operating with a separate agenda in the same theater as the legally-mandated Syria/Russia/Iran Coalition has overwhelming support from the Syrian people who fear for their lives.
Instead of joining forces against terrorism, the West is inflaming the crisis through belligerent rhetoric, dangerous provocations and the flagrant disregard of international law. Does this make the world safer?
Media as a Tool for War
The role of the media in promoting these wars and destructive policies cannot be overstated. Whether demonizing a leader, a religion, or an entire nation, -- the Western media chooses to echo Western talking points to scare the public into supporting war, rather than reporting on the facts.
Politically motivated criticism is used to discredit and undermine Russia and Syria for "actually" fighting terrorism or legally defending their own borders. Dubious accusations are regularly leveled at Russia and its president without any evidence, while Western media outlets legitimize these often-debunked claims -- further distorting the reality. Thus, Russia is often portrayed as a threat equal to ISIS!
However, it must not be forgotten who demonized Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi, who actually created the chaos that engulfs Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Libya, Yemen, Syria, and Ukraine, and who continues to threaten other nations -- including Russia, China and Iran.
Against the backdrop of escalating ecological crises, extreme poverty and increasing social and religious tensions, this extremely dangerous foreign policy pursued by the West and its media is creating more terrorists, more victims, more refugees, more poverty and more destabilization -- bringing the world ever closer to the brink of disaster.
There IS an Alternative
The time has come to counter this grave threat to humanity. Respect must be restored to the principles of sovereignty, self-determination and non-interventionism -- and the adherence to international law must be paramount. Though most nations respect this, Russia and China are the major world powers that support the concept of Multipolarity, and act as a global counter-balance to Western hegemony.
Whatever domestic issues they may have, their cooperative approach is supported by the majority of nations, by global alliances such as the Non-Aligned Movement, the G77 or the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization), and by the Latin American alliances (UNASUR, ALBA and CELAC).
Moreover, these Multipolar nations are providing alternatives to Western-¬controlled institutions and their neo-colonial practices. Their multilateral institutions and development projects such as the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa), the AIIB, and the massive "New Silk Road" Eurasian development project are rooted in non-interventionism and mutual respect.
In sharp contrast to Western trade deals, bilateral cooperation with these Multipolar nations is increasingly producing win-win outcomes for many developed and developing nations in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and Europe.
In total, the majority of the world's nations support a Multipolar approach to global affairs based on the principles of the UN Charter and the Declaration of Human Rights, which is why the West wants to derail it -- it's a threat to their global hegemony.
Therefore, all those who seek peace -- be it nations, organizations, movements or individuals from all across the political, economic, social and cultural spectrum must stand together as one voice in support of Multipolarity.
This voice must be amplified over the Western media spin by supporting truthful, Multipolar and independent media sources. This voice could be organized through major conferences into a coalition with initiatives, political positions, and a platform.
This Multipolar coalition should be mobilized into a force that can pressure the West into abandoning their destructive policies by directing their political and economic support toward nations that have pursued (or desire to pursue) a balanced policy of cooperation and diplomacy.
Even as individuals, we can apply pressure by contacting government offices and media outlets en masse, altering our voting and spending habits to support proponents of Multipolarity, or finding creative ways to spread the word using art, music, film or literature. More than just a call for solidarity, this must be a political and grassroots force for positive change.
The Choice We All Face
Since the September 2015 UN General Assembly and the events that followed, two distinct forms of diplomacy have been on display for all to see, presenting the world with a choice: Do we want a Unipolar world in which Western wars dictate the world's fate, or a Multipolar world where sovereign countries work together in an environment of peace, cooperation and mutual respect? It is clear that the global majority chooses the latter.
Therefore, WE, the global majority standing together in solidarity for peace through diplomacy, declare that:
We respect all nations' sovereignty and their right to self-determination. We believe that the future of ANY country must be decided by the citizens of that country alone, free from all external threats and interference, and that multinational conflicts should be resolved through political processes and diplomatic negotiations.
We support all nations that exercise a cooperative, multilateral approach to global affairs. The counter-productive and dangerous policy of unilateral military intervention is a violation of international law, and must be universally condemned.
We support nations and multinational coalitions that work determinedly to stop terrorism. Nations that directly or indirectly participate in the training, arming, funding and support of terrorist-linked extremist groups do so in violation of international law and must be condemned, and held accountable.
We condemn Western-oriented media outlets that demonize leaders or entire nations and religions, blatantly misrepresent the facts, and consciously present a biased, one-sided view of events. We applaud and strongly support global media that is fair and balanced, and that objectively reports on world events.
We commit to engage in, or support nonviolent efforts to promote global peace and tolerance for all peoples and all beliefs. Please sign, and/or widely disseminate this declaration and all like-minded efforts.
"NO to War. . . YES to a Multipolar World!"
Coop Anti-War Cafe Berlin, Heinrich Buecker, Germany coopcafeberlin.de
Albert Leger, Berlin, Germany
Brian Willson, Vietnam veteran, peace activist, USA brianwillson.com
Laura von Wimmersperg, Moderatorin der Berliner Friedenskoordination
David Swanson, author, anti-war activist, USA worldbeyondwar.org
Cynthia McKinney, former US Congresswoman, Green Party presidential candidate 2008, Atlanta, USA
Alfred L. Marder, New Haven, Connecticut, President, US Peace Council uspeacecouncil.org
David & Jan Hartsough, Peaceworker, San Francisco, California USA peaceworkersus.org
Leah Bolger, Veteran and anti-war activist, Corvallis, Oregon, US worldbeyondwar.org
Gar Smith, Environmentalists Against War, Berkeley, California, USA www.envirosagainstwar.org
Werner Lutz, initiator unruhestiften.de, 2000 Artists against the Political Right, Germany unruhestiften.de
Alexander Neu, Member of Parliament, Cologne, Germany neu-alexander.de
Elke Zwinge-Makamizile, Freethinkers Berlin , Germany nato-tribunal.de
BüsGM -- Bündnis für Soziale Gerechtigkeit und Menschenwürde e.V., Human Rights Organisation, Berlin, Germany Webseite
Werner Ruf, Professor i. R., Edermuende, Germany werner-ruf.net
Bruce K. Gagnon, Coordinator, Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, Bath, Maine, USA space4peace.org
Dr. Rainer Hammerschmidt, Berlin, Germany Aktion Freiheit Statt Angst
J. Michael Springmann, attorney, author, Washington, D.C., USA michaelspringmann.com
Prof. Dr. Gregor Putensen, professor/retired, Greifswald , Germany
Ellen Rohlfs, Gush Shalom, Deutsch-Palästinensische Gesellschaft, Pax Christi, Leer Web
Eckart Spoo, Berlin, journalist, author, co-editor der Zweiwochenschrift Ossietzky
Joachim Guilliard, Heidelberg, Germany Webseite
Dr. Michael Sciuk, physician, Melissourgio/Kolympari, Greece
David Rovics, musician, Portland, USA davidrovics.com
Dr. Marisa Walther, Berlin, Germany
Gina Pietsch, singer, Berlin, Germany ginapietsch.de
Dr. Iris Berndt, curator Käthe-Kollwitz-Museum Berlin, Germany
Hartmut Sommerschuh, TV-journalist, Berlin, Germany
Lindis Percy, Founder of the Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases (CAAB), UK caab.org.uk
Peter Jackson, Bungay, UK Norwichstopwar.org.uk
Dr. Motte, DJ, Berlin, Germany
Nilo Freitas, Porto Alegre, Brasil
Joan L McClellan, Portland, Oregon Fellowship of Reconciliation, USA ofor.org
Judy Mercer, London, England, UK
Darnell Stephen Summers, Stop The WAR Brigade, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Germany
Milan Markez, Berlin, Germany
Samy Yildirim, Zaandam, Nordholland, Niederlande
Dirk Brüning, Jülich, Chemieingenieur, i.R., member Netzwerk Cuba -- Informationsbüro -- e.V.
Josie Michel-Brüning, Jülich, Dipl. Päd. system. Familientherapeutin i.R., member Netzwerk Cuba
Frank Schwitalla, Bremen, Vorstandsmitglied des Netzwerk Cuba e.V.
Uta Mader, Bernau b. Berlin , Germany
Johnny Gaunt, Pontrhydfendigaid, Wales, UK antennaup.org
Carola Ludwig, radio-moderator + handicraft teacher, Berlin , Germany
Michaela Kayser, Schöneiche, Germany
Savvidis Lampros, Dipl. Elektroingenieur, Berlin , Germany
Ana Barbara von Keitz, Handwerkerin, Berliner Arbeitskreises Uran-Munition
Dietrich Antelmann, Berlin, Germany
Heinz Assnmacher, Bonn, Germany
Dieter Becker, Schriftführer des Ostdeutschen Kuratoriums von Verbänden e.V. OKV
Rebecca Freeman, administrator Brighton Peace & Environment Centre, UK bpec.org
Udo Rzadkowski, Berlin , Germany
John Morris, Guildford, UK peaceparty.org.uk
Simone Juliane Wewers, Heidenau , Germany
Doris Pumphrey, Berlin, Germany
George Pumphrey, Berlin, Germany
Andrej Reder, Berlin, Germany
Ingo Klein, Leipzig, Germany
Werner Ruhoff, Berlin, Germany
Hedda Leonhardt, DKP Tempelhof Schöneberg, Berlin, Germany
Heinz Eckel, Berlin , Germany
Alfred Fritz, Berlin , Germany
Jochen Scholz, Lieutenant-Colonel, retired, Berlin , Germany
Volker Bräutigam, Mölln, Deutschland, Germany
Cornelia Schulz, Berlin, Germany
Iña Martinez, Glendora, Aalifornis, USA eirelink.com
Jean-Theo Jost, actor, Berlin, Germany berliner-compagnie.de
Ines P. Scheibe, psychologist, Berlin, Germany
Elke Hufendiek, Bochum, Germany
Ulrich Boje, Dipl.-Ing., Berlin, Germany
Cornelia Schulz, Berlin, Germany
Leonore Schröder, Castrop-Rauxel, Germany
Jürgen Fegeler, Berlin, Germany
Bodo Quart, retired, Berlin, Germany
Dr. Stephan Reinhardt, Heidelberg, Germany
Albu-Stanescu Silvia, Berlin, Germany
Dr. Amir Mortasawi, physician, author, Rotenburg/Fulda website
Annette Klepzig, Wilhelmsfeld, Germany
Beatrice Gehrmann, Kulturschaffende, Berlin, Germany
Barbara Gruen, pharmacist, Fulda, Germany
Peter Franz, author, Weimar, Germany website
Margit Schreiber, social education worker, Berlin, Germany
Heinz-Peter Seidel, Berlin, Germany
Heidrun Hankammer, psychoanalyst, Berlin, Germany
Rainer Albers, Oranienburg, Germany
Lindsey Gaunt, Business development manager University of Wales, UK
Duke Austin, Oakland, CA, USA
Nasrin Parsa, publicist -- filmmaker -- sociologist, Berlin, Germany presse-nasrinparsa.com
Jill Gough, National Secretary CND Cymru / Wales, Grossbritannien cndcymru.org
Karl Valencia, Berlin, Germany
Laurie Childers, artist, peace activist, Corvallis, Oregon, USA lauriechilders.com
Karl Valencia, Berlin, Germany friedenszentrum.info
Dr. Elisabeth Quart, Berlin, Germany
Elfie Reiners, Rentner, Duisburg, Germany
Irene Eckert, Berlin, Germany akf-europe.org
Rudolf Palmer, Berlin, Germany akf-europe.org
Esther Thomsen, Diplom-Theologin, Ahrensburg, Germany
Brigitte Gärtner-Coulibaly, Herford, Germany
Ellen Murphy, Bellingham, Washington, USA
Klaus-Peter Kurch, Freethinker, retired, Oranienburg, Germany opablog.net
Dr. med. Dörte von Drigalski, physician, Hamburg, Germany
Polly Milner, Salisbury, U.K
Helmut Semmelmann, Berlin, Germany
Zivadin Jovanovic, Belgrade, Serbia, Diplomat (rtd) beoforum.rs
Dr. med. Mechthild Klingenburg-Vogel, physician, psychoanalyst, Kiel, Germany
Nisly Weldon, Just Peacebuilding, Seattle, Washington, USA
Susan Prescott, Greenbank, USA
Judith Webster, website host, developer and administrator deconstructedglobe.com
Holger Lichtwark, captain, Berlin, Germany
Siegfried Wittig, Berlin, Germany
Antonie Brinkmann, Bremen, Germany
Verena Tobler Linder, ethnologist, sociologist, Zurich, Switzerland kernkultur.ch
Walter Huth, Wiesloch, Germany
Michael und Uschi Adam, retired, Berlin, Germany
Helga Hörning, Berlin, Germany
Gert Julius, Berlin, Germany, chair of BüSGM, Bündnis für Soziale Gerechtigkeit und Menschenwürde e.V. Website
Bernhard Trautvetter, Essen, Germany essenart.de
Albrecht Ludloff, Berlin, Germany
Bert Sacks, Washington, USA IraqiKids.org
Inger Lotz-Bartelsen, Berlin, Germany
Ginga Eichler, Africanologist, retired, Berlin, Germany
Norbert Böhme, Berlin, Germany
Elisabeth Dietze, retired, Klietz, Germany
Barbara Müller, artist, Kosel, Germany
Jürgen Jung, actor/speaker, Pfaffenhofen, Germany
Stephanie Damm, Berlin, Germany
Paul Weidmann, business, Molfsee, Germany
Dr. Uwe Wollmerstädt, Berlin, Germany
Ellen Breidert, Bad Honnef, Germany
Mohammad Zahedi, engineer, Brussels, Belgium
Bärbel Wihstutz, Hohen Neuendorf, Germany
Hartmut Wihstutz, physician, Hohen Neuendorf, Germany
Wolf Gauer, journalist/filmmaker, São Paulo, Brasil
Ralf Straßburg, Berlin, Germany
Mohammad Taghizadeh, management(phd), translator, researcher, Tehran, Iran
Christoph Rinneberg, Dipl.-Ing., Wembach i.O., Germany
Axel Wondratschke, Cologne, Germany
Hartmut Weidler, violin maker, Nürnberg, Germany
Hanne Weidler-List, Nürnberg, Germany
Sima Kassaie, sociologist, writer, Mühltal, Germany
Dieter Engelmann, retired, Elsterwerda, Germany
Dr. Manfred Lotze, Hamburg, Germany
Klaus Feldhacke, retired, Berlin, Germany
David Waddilove, writer, Taunton, England Website
Charly Böhm, retired, Berlin, Germany
Emil Brütsch, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
Miriam Volkmann, Vigil for World Peace and Human Rights Berlin (since 2003), Germany
Joerg Tiedjen, journalist, Berlin, Germany joergtiedjen.com
John Muir, Gloucester, England, UK
Gudrun Langendorf, Berlin, Germany
Tombolo Mukengechay, attorney (retired), Berlin, Germany
Dr. med. Helmut Käss, physician, Braunschweig, Germany Website
Harald Nestler, Berlin, Germany
Doris S. Wilk, retired, Long Beach, New York, USA
Heide Janicki, Braunschweig, Germany
John Cooper, Professor of Chemistry, Retired, USA
Carsten Scheike, Arbeiter, Braunschweig, Germany
Nihou Ouidad, Studentin, Hannover, Germany
Prof. Dr. Günter Wendel, Rentner, Berlin, Germany
Ralph Schultz, Professor, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Joyce Clark, Woolwich, ME, USA
Elinor Kaiser-Mohammad, Amman, Jordan
Constance Jenkins, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Orono, Maine, USA
Peter Woodruff, Artist, Retired Shipbuilder for the Navy, Arrowsic, Maine, USA
Note:Environmentalists Against War fully supports this initiative and is posting it on our website. We need to abandon the West-East/North-South Bipolar Disorder. The only thing that can save the multitudes from WWIII is ... the multitudes.