Make Peace Great Again! Rally Against NATO in July
April 5, 2018
No to NATO.org
As the world becomes more dangerous by the day, the need for action for peace has never been more vital. With militarism on the rise, the need for a global people's alternative -- of justice, sustainability and peace -- has never been more urgent.
A Call for International Actions Against NATO
Make Peace Great Again!
No to NATO.org
A Call for international Actions Against
The NATO Summit in Brussels on July 11-12, 2018
BRUSSELS (March 4, 2018) -- As the world becomes more dangerous by the day, the need for action for peace has never been more vital. With militarism on the rise, the need for a global people's alternative -- of justice, sustainability and peace -- has never been more urgent.
Since NATO's last summit in 2017, we have seen an escalation of nuclear rhetoric between Trump and North Korea and frequent talk of the possibility of world war three. This is not a situation that is tolerable for humanity -- to live in the shadow of annihilation and we, the peoples of the world, reject this warmongering.
We call on all peace-loving citizens and organizations to demonstrate their desire for peace, on the occasion of the next NATO summit meeting in Brussels in July 2018.
NATO is pressing its members to spend 2% of GDP on military budgets to fund wars and aggression. The economic interests of the military industrial complex are well-served since NATO allies have agreed to devote at least 20% of defense expenditure to major equipment spending. Since last year this became an obligation for the majority of EU members in the framework of PESCO (Permanent Structured Cooperation), even though EU member states submit to strict austerity policies.
* We resist further increases in defense spending at the expense of social security and public services
The US announced a $1 trillion program for nuclear weapons 'modernization' which includes more 'usable' weapons. This comes with a new nuclear posture to increase the contexts in which nuclear weapons will be used.
In addition, NATO's role as a nuclear-armed alliance continues, with B61 nuclear bombs, currently being upgraded to the B61-12, also to make them more 'usable'. These are stationed in five countries across Europe -- Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Turkey. There is strong opposition to the siting of these weapons in Europe, including from the governments of some of the 'host' nations.
* We pledge opposition to NATO's nuclear role and all nuclear weapons. We urge our governments to sign the nuclear weapon ban treaty and to work towards nuclear disarmament
NATO's expansion continues as Montenegro was confirmed as the 29th member in June 2017 in spite of overwhelming popular opposition within the country. Bosnia-Herzegovina is also in negotiations to join the alliance. This continued expansion has contributed to international tension as Russia sees itself increasingly surrounded by US and NATO bases.
* We continue to oppose destabilizing NATO expansion
NATO's actions and inflammatory rhetoric continue to escalate tension with Russia: the increasing NATO presence in the region was a major contributory factor to the conflict between Russia and Georgia in 2008 and in the continuing crisis in Ukraine. NATO has recently exacerbated the situation by announcing new bases in Eastern Europe.
Deployments of troops have arrived in Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Poland during 2017. The EU is increasingly linked to NATO. The establishment of PESCO is only the latest sign of the rapid and dangerous militarization of the EU as a pillar of NATO.
* We oppose the increasing militarization of Europe, any so-called European Defense Policy, and NATO's push to a new Cold War
NATO's war continues in Afghanistan: begun by Bush in 2001 -- the first step in his 'war on terror' -- it continues today, the longest war in US history, involving all NATO countries.
Ostensibly intended to drive out the Taliban and destroy al-Qaeda, it helped create and strengthen the conditions for a surge in terrorist organisations and associated fighting forces that continues today. This 'war on terror' rides roughshod over international law and gives 'carte blanche' to further interventions.
* We demand an end to this war and to NATO's military interventionism
NATO's 'war on terror' has now reached Africa, where Libya has been destroyed; thousands have been forced to flee while refugees face ongoing military brutality in the Mediterranean.
* We demand an end to the militarization of the Mediterranean Sea and all military action against refugees
NATO's so-called commitment to peace and stability is false. Nuclear weapons, military spending and interventionism can never serve peace, only violence and war. NATO's bases, activities and weapon systems are a significant source of pollution. Its 'war on terror' is responsible for countless victims, destruction and displacement, giving rise to waves of migration as people seek safety and security.
Worldwide, people are in need of real peace, which means social justice, environmental security, equal access to resources, a warm welcome for refugees fleeing wars and oppression and more.
* We demand disarmament for development
In the name of peace, and the future of humanity, we call for coordinated world-wide actions to take place on the eve of the Summit -- on Wednesday 11 July at 5pm -- in support of the demonstration, counter-summit and all peaceful protest during the Summit.
Our demand to our governments is clear: we must leave NATO and NATO must be dissolved.
This call was agreed to on January 27 by the participants of the first preparatory meeting for actions against the NATO-Summit 2018 in Brussels.
July 8th Counter Summit "No to War -- No to NATO"
Program Outline (March 25, 2018)
Start 10.00 till 12.30
Greetings: Ludo de Brabander/Kristine Karch
10.30 "Give the Victims of NATO a Face". Testimonials of victims of NATO aggressions by video and speeches
11.15 Opening plenary:
* NATO: Global military alliance for war, intervention and military spending Joseph Gerson (USA)
* The role and importance of enemy pictures (Ignacio Ramonet, Spain)
* European Militarization (PESCO) and military spending (2%) Sabine Lösing, MEP, Germany
* Nuclear weapons: the biggest danger Arielle Denis, France
* Women and war: Cynthea, GB
Every lecture 10 Minutes, following by a discussion between the speakers and the participants.
12.30 till 1.30 Plenary: information to actions and campaigns against NATO and military spending: three minutes each plus one minute question (Moderation Kate Hudson, Reiner Braun)
1.30 till 2.15 lunch break
2.15 till 3.45 Workshops (the names are the coordinators). The workshops combine analytic elements with the discussion of strategies and actions
a. NATO strategy and abolition, including disarmament, nuclear weapons free world, (vrede) speaker: Alexander Neu, Member of German Parliament
b. Europe of Peace, (Judith Benda and Claudia Haydt)
c. Women and war: white masculine military culture and its implications for the rest of humankind (Kristine)
d. Drones and automation of weapons (Dave Webb)
e. Arms export (Wendela de Vries, NL)
f. Military basis (Michael Youlton and Karl-Heinz Peil)
g. Future actions for Peace, including preparation of NATO actions 2019(OTAN France)
h. Nuclear weapons: Titre de l'atelier / Title of the workshop:
NOUVELLE BOMBE & NOUVEL BOMBARDIER
NEW BOMB & NEW BOMBER
Moderateur/ Chairman: CLAUDINE Polet
Avion F 35/ F 35 Aircraft: Samuel Legros (CNAPD Belgique)
Bombes B 61 -- 12: Jean Toschi M.Visconti ( CNGNN, Italia)
4.00 till 6.00 final session
-- Reports from the working groups with the focus on: what to do
-- Podium discussion "future actions (including EU elections, NATO anniversary 2019,end of world war1, no to F 35and2%) against war and militarization for Peace, non violent and disarmament.
Panelists: Pat Elder (World Beyond War, USA),
Greet Vanaerschot (pax Christi),
NN (trade unions Belgien /F 35),NN OTAN France, Reiner
6.00 closing remarks (Ludo de Brabander/Kristine Karch)
1. One result of the counter summit could be the preparation of
A NATO tribunal for 2019 (70 years anniversary of NATO)
Action in Brussels before the EU elections to EU militarization and against military spending
2. We want to organize an interactive counter summit, details have to be discussed in the working group
3. Refugees are welcome and will be developed as a cross topic and should be discussed under different aspects
4. Alternatives to NATO should be discussed in the different workshops
5. All titles of the speeches are working titles and have to be discussed with the speakers
6. We need a small group preparing the testimonials