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Pivot Toward War: US Missile Defense & the Weaponization of Space 25th Annual Space Organizing Conference & ProtestSubmitted by dmcfarland on Tue, 03/07/2017 - 11:43am
The effort by the Trump administration to develop and deploy the next generation of Star Wars weapons will increase global instability and cost hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars. The US Space Command has long maintained its mission is to create the technologies to ‘control and dominate’ space and the Earth below – ultimately on behalf of corporate interests.
Join Dennis Kucinich on Friday, February 24 (6:00pm-7:30pm) for a discussion on “US Foreign Policy in the Trump Era” at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Kucinich is a renowned progressive advocate, eight-term US Congressman, two-time candidate in the Democratic Presidential Primary (2004/08), and staunch opponent of the Iraq War.
This event is hosted by the HKS Progressive Caucus (a student group at Harvard Kennedy School). Admission is free and all are welcome. If you can attend, please RSVP here:
Reiner Braun has been a leading figure in the German and European peace movements since the early 1980s. His connections with movements and political figures from Manila to Moscow and Berlin to Buenos Aries is extraordinary. He is currently Co-president of the International Peace Bureau as was the lead organizer of IPB’s massive Disarm! For a Climate of Peace! Congress in Berlin this past October. He was the founder of the No to NATO/No to War International Network. He has long been associated with International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility (INES), the Max Planck Institute and the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms.
Reiner is currently involved in planning activities for the Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty negotiations at the United Nations in March and June, as well as counter-NATO-summit activities and for the NPT PrepCom in Vienna – both in May.
Reiner Braun is a highly informed, sharp and long-time critic of U.S., European and Russian foreign and military policies. He will be in Boston as part of a national speaking tour organized by the American Friends Service Committee and Peace Action, and United for Peace and Justice.
Please join the Union of Concerned Scientists for an important discussion with Dr.
Thurs Aug 25, 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Screening and discussion of "American Umpire":
No to Nato! No to War: July 9 Rally in NYC
Message from United for Peace and Justice: In response to rising tensions between the U.S. and its NATO allies and Russia, UFPJ has continued to advocate for an end to all combat, support for an arms embargo, nuclear disarmament, and a commitment to diplomacy and aid for the civilian victims of conflict around the globe.
We've entered a new and dangerous era. US foreign policy elites have identified Russia and China as the long-term obstacles to US global dominance. NATO's expansion has resulted in a proxy war in Ukraine, and US and Russian warplanes fly dangerously close in Syria. Both nations are engaging in provocative military exercises reminiscent of the Cold War.
by Joseph Gerson and Paul Shannon
Massive numbers of people are leaving Honduras for the U.S. due to extreme human rights abuses, including threats and assassinations of those in the resistance, and land takeovers that make it very difficult for small farmers and indigenous communities to survive.
A One-Day Conference
In the name of national security, our country's policies are causing multiple, systemic crises. These include climate catastrophe, extreme inequality, constant wars, deep-seated racism, mass incarceration, and a militarized culture.
Only large social movements can remove these barriers to genuine security and construct a society based on Sustainable Security.
This conference will explore three pillars of sustainable national and world security:
- A fairly-shared global prosperity based on economic, social, and racial justice
- Emergency action to address climate change and build a new, fossil-fuel-free energy system
- A Foreign Policy for All based on even-handed diplomacy, ending our disastrous military interventions, abolition of nuclear weapons, and reclaiming war resources for the urgent needs that face our world
Join Us! in this effort to strategize, collaborate and mobilize for effective action together.
Keep Space for Peace Week
International Week of Protest to
Stop the Militarization of Space
Stop Drones Surveillance & Killing
‘The American Century’ Has Plunged the World Into Crisis
There’s something fundamentally wrong with U.S. foreign policy.
by Conn Hallinan and Leon Wofsy
Despite glimmers of hope — a tentative nuclear agreement with Iran, for one, and a long-overdue thaw with Cuba — we’re locked into seemingly irresolvable conflicts in most regions of the world. They range from tensions with nuclear-armed powers like Russia and China to actual combat operations in the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa.
Why? Has a state of perpetual warfare and conflict become inescapable? Or are we in a self-replicating cycle that reflects an inability — or unwillingness — to see the world as it actually is?
The United States is undergoing a historic transition in our relationship to the rest of the world, but this is neither acknowledged nor reflected in U.S. foreign policy. We still act as if our enormous military power, imperial alliances, and self-perceived moral superiority empower us to set the terms of “world order.”
While this illusion goes back to the end of World War II, it was the end of the Cold War and collapse of the Soviet Union that signaled the beginning of a self-proclaimed “American Century.” The idea that the United States had “won” the Cold War and now — as the world’s lone superpower — had the right or responsibility to order the world’s affairs led to a series of military adventures. It started with President Bill Clinton’s intervention in the Yugoslav civil war, continued on with George W. Bush’s disastrous invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and can still be seen in the Obama administration’s own misadventures in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, and beyond.
In each case, Washington chose war as the answer to enormously complex issues, ignoring the profound consequences for both foreign and domestic policy. Yet the world is very different from the assumptions that drive this impulsive interventionism.
It’s this disconnect that defines the current crisis.