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Several participants in a email discussion about a statement from the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) thought that its statement about the collapse of the INF Treaty should have put the blame on the USA, and not on both the USA and Russia. Below, I copy my opinion as I expressed it in that same discussion:

It seems to me that the essence of ICAN's statement about the situation after the USA has withdrawn from the INF Treaty, is the question: what is to be done now? And ICAN's answer is that the European leaders, and leaders all around the world, should step up and join the UN Treaty on the prohibition of the nuclear weapons (TPNW). With this I fully agree. (In order to convince yourself that this is what ICAN said, you may want to take a second look Fruits Quilted Bedspread & Pillow Shams Set, Watercolor Watermelons Print.)

The Swedish Socialdemocratic+Greens government recently (13 July) announced that it will not ratify the TPNW. This was actually as bad news as the breakdown of the INF, at least for us in the Nordic countries. For decades, we believed in the good spirit (in favour of nuclear disarmament) of the Swedish governments, but look how they put us down! Yet the Swedish people is certainly in favour of ratifying the aforementioned UN Treaty. Almost 9 out of 10 Swedes actually said so in Fuel Gas Pump Sending Unit Assembly 96-97 Chevy GMC C K 1500 2500 3500 V6 V8 2017. So it is this contradiction between the sound and rational instinct in favour of nuclear abolition on the side of the people, and the sick and irrational behaviour of the political system and its media, that we need to understand and develop.Full Queen 100% Cotton Quilt Set in Ivory with Diamond PatternFull Beaded Arrow Pattern 4 Piece Bed Sheet Set - Sage - CASE OF 12

Perhaps the time has come for social and political movements, including the peace movement, to focus more on abolishing the nuclear weapons than on reducing the emissions of carbon dioxide? Above all, it is necessary to explain the extent to which the ecological crisis is a consequence of the global war economy, of which the nuclear wepons systems are like the top of the iceberg.

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Saturday 16 March 2019

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The European Movement Italy has sent me an email, signed by Pier Virgilio Dastoli, formerly the aid of Altiero Spinelli at the European Parlament, asking me to support a democratic constitution for the European Union. Linked to the letter is a statement called "Give a democratic constitution for the European Union. Ten priorities for a united, democratic and fair Europe to promote peace in a globalized world" and a list with the first signatories Full Queen Oversized pinkwood Quilt Blanket Pillow Sham Bed Patchwork 3-Pc SetFull Sheet & Pillowcase Sets Size 3pc Bedspread For Girls Safari Zebra Leopard

However much I sympathize with the Federalist movement, in principle, I shall not add my personal signature to this text. I cannot avoid a feeling of hollowness and irrelevance: Do the "ten priorities" really offer a set of political guidelines, or are they only a statement of good will? As far as I can see, only a number of values are stated. These value-statements are not objectionable as such, but they can easily be, and are in fact constantly being used to mask realities that are in blatant contradiction with themselves.

If we really wish "to promote peace in a globalized" world, should we not then say clearly and loudly that there must be no new arms race, that disarmament is a top priority,and that Europe must take the lead by abolishing all nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destructions on its soil?

Is it possible to achieve "la conversion écologique de l'economie et le developpement durable" (according to the suggested document this would be the priority of the EU's budget) without a conversion of the military machine to peaceful and ecological ends?

The majority of the member states of the United Nations have adopted the treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons; is it not a priority that the European Union signs and ratifies that UN treaty and thereby makes it a part of its own Constitution?

And, a propos the democracy: can a nuclear weapons state be one? Can the use of nuclear weapons ever be the will of the peoples of Europe?

The other day, I also received an email from the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation. Linked to the email is a newsletter from END , the first after 30 years of silence, a silence that is thereby broken. Included in the newsletter is a new statement for European Nuclear Disarmament (END):Full Size 3 PCs Bed Soft Fitted Sheet Set 1000 TC Egyptian Cotton Striped colorsFull Size Bed Sheet Set Microfiber White Embroidered Green bluee Anchors 4 Pieces

"We call on everyone concerned with peace and security to join in raising the alarm over the likely consequences of scrapping the INF Treaty and to work towards the creation of more Nuclear-Weapons-Free-Zones, including in Europe. These efforts will complement existing global disarmament initiatives, including the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, recently agreed at the United Nations." (the newsletter is on the web, here. )

That one I have already signed.

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Of course, there are other Congress Members with intelligent informed opinions, just as there are smart people on the street in LA. And, of course, all Congress Members do have to vote sometimes, at which point it does matter who or what is determining their votes. But when it comes to thinking and forming opinions on important matters of foreign policy, the incompetence of Congress, combined with the cowardice of Congress, makes the views of those in the White House, Pentagon, and State Department all the more important. And here we’re talking about people who don’t even have to pretend to be embarrassed by being funded by weapons dealers; it’s considered a qualification. “The Russian Peace Threat” sounds strange if you’re a decent human being or if you watch MSNBC and have nightmares about Vladimir Putin. But in the halls of imperial power in Washington D.C., the threat from Russia is clearly more one of peace than war.Fully Lined Curtain Pair Ready Made Pencil Pleat + 7 Pcs Bedspread Bedding SetFunda Nordica Prodigiosa Ladybug cama 90cm Original Duvet Set

I just received and read a new book by Ron Ridenour called The Russian Peace Threat: Pentagon on Alert. It’s 533 pages and more a collection of incidents than an argument. A lot of it is lengthy quotations, not original writing. But it ought to be read by anyone who’s not spent years searching out the best independent reporting and historical writing about U.S.-Russian relations. Not only should we understand 102 years of U.S. antagonism toward Russia, but we should recognize the power of all those years of propaganda. Typically, the U.S. government/media has demonized a foreign ruler/government/people for some months or years to get a war going, and the effects have been quite long lasting. None of those propaganda campaigns measures up to the volume and duration and all-pervasiveness of the anti-Russian theme. It’s in everything from children’s games to adults’ books, and every adult remembers it from their childhood. It’s so dominant in U.S. culture that it even twists upside down the story of the single most important and mythical incident in U.S. history: World War II. Most of those in the United States who can even tell you that the Soviet Union was on the same side as the United States in that war cannot tell you accurately which of the two countries was in the war first or which did vastly more of the killing, dying, and conquering.FUR ACCENTS Brown Minky Faux Fur Bedspread Throw Twin Size 60'' x 90''Furinno Angeland Vienne 4-Piece Microfiber Bed Sheet Set, Queen, Grey

The U.S. and Russian governments blame each other for violating the INF Treaty. But Gorbachev had wanted to go much further and get rid of all of the nukes. Reagan (or, rather, the people around him who decided everything) refused. The INF Treaty was the best that Russia could get the United States to do. And it did a lot of good. Missiles were destroyed by the thousands. Verification and communication procedures were set up. The ability of warmongers to push hatred and paranoia was lessened in Washington and in Moscow. And what happened during the past 18 years of U.S.-led catastrophe-creation across the Middle East and North Africa? Russia tried and tried for better relations. The United States refused. The U.S. left the ABM Treaty. The U.S. expended NATO to the border of Russia and installed missiles. The U.S. threatened and lied about Russia non-stop, habitually. And now the U.S. President wants to leave the INF Treaty, and it hardly even occurs to anyone that Congress could refuse to allow that, if it knew what the INF Treaty was, if it wasn’t busy taking lesson on what a tweet is or how to stand up straight or tie one’s shoes.Futon and Sofa Bed Sheet sets - 300Thread Count - 12 colors availableG3 Round Section Hard Bgoldn Alloy Chain 900 x 10mm - HSQG3

Of course, Russia no more wants the United States to trash the INF Treaty than it wants a coup in Venezuela or the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran agreement or the U.S. refusal to ban weapons in space or cyber attacks, or the U.S. weapons in Ukraine, or the ongoing expansion of NATO, or the opposition to Russian energy deals, or most of what the government of Donald Trump does. But there is apparently nothing Trump can do that would be sufficiently anti-Russian to either satisfy the warmongers or to convince the MSNBC viewers that Trump isn’t taking orders from Russia — I mean nothing that would leave anyone alive to approve of it.

The dumbing down of discourse makes it necessary to note here that by saying the United States has not exactly been a good global neighbor toward Russia, I have not in fact asserted that the Russian and Soviet governments have always or ever been perfect models of pure loving wisdom and enlightened kindness. Whatever it is that allows one to read such silliness into words that mean nothing of the sort might be considered for elimination from our public diet.Galaxy Quilted Bedspread & Pillow Shams Set, Fantastic Theme PrintGalaxy Quilted Coverlet & Pillow Shams Set, Space View Solar System Print

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Wednesday 19 December 2018

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In their recent open letter to Chancellor Angela Merkel, the five distinguished economists Thomas Piketty, Jeffrey Sachs, Heiner Flassbeck, Dani Rodrik, and Simon Wren-Lewis portray the eurozone "a beacon of hope". I do not agree with this description. The eurozone remains a historical mistake as long as the EU is not an independent political and military union.

For basic guidelines on the EU itself as "a beacon of hope", please study The Manifesto of Ventotene and the draft constitution from 1984, which you can find at http://www.spinellisfootsteps.info

Saturday 6 December 2014

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Dear Jean-Marie and all,

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Why were no such debates about "security policy" heard when the still unfinished Olkiluoto III reactor was ordered from the French comany Areva? Because of our supposed (or, rather, indoctrinated) "common Western values", GE KM Oven Door Handle (bsq) WB15K5115 W SATISF GUAR & FREE EXPD SHIPPING GEARWRENCH 13 Pc 1 4 3 8 1 2 DriveImpact External Torx Set KD80583I would think. And even more, I would add, because of the false ideology about the nuclear weapons, which your excellent memo helps us to see through and to expose (false, not only in the French case, but universally).

I would also add this: whenever their really strong economic and political interests are at stake, our top technocrats and bureaucrats will readily put aside "our common Western values".

In these days I am finishing work on a volume of E.P.Thompson's writings from the golden years of the European Nuclear Disarmament movement (1980, 1981, 1982). The book contains texts which appeared in Finnish already at that time -- like Thompson's "Notes on Exterminism" (also translated into French, perhaps by E. Balibar?), and of other essays, which I have recently translated into Finnish.

The "Exterministic" trend of our species prevails also after the fall of the USSR and in the 2010s. Only the European peace movement seems weaker than ever. Or what do you think?

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If we take peace seriously, then Malala should not have been awarded Nobel's price. The problem is not really that Malala is young, nor about her having been photographed in the company of one or another more or less abominable politician. The problem is the way the members of the Nobel committee neglect the peace. For them, peace may signify anything that corresponds to their preferred variety of goodness.

Personally, I see no reason to doubt that Malala is good and brave and admirable. But what has she done specifically for peace?

Alfred Nobel might have been just a Capitalist philantrophist, like so many others. He had, however, the good sense to take peace seriously. And we of the so called Left also ought to do so.

Peace is doable, as somebody said.

(in respons to comments by Arundhati Roy and others)

Saturday 6 September 2014

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"Ukraine is linked to Russia not only in terms of being Russias essential security zone, but its linked conjugally, so to speak, intermarriage. There are millions, if not tens of millions, of Russian and Ukrainians married together. Put it in NATO, and youre going to put a barricade through millions of families. Russia will react militarily.Geometric Quilted Bedspread & Pillow Shams Set, Oriental Retro Design PrintGeometric Quilted Bedspread & Pillow Shams Set, Retro Lines Swirls Print

"In fact, Russia is already reacting militarily, because look what they're doing in Wales today. They're going to create a so-called rapid deployment force of 4,000 fighters. What is 4,000 fighters? Fifteen thousand or less rebels in Ukraine are crushing a 50,000-member Ukrainian army. Four thousand against a million-man Russian army, its nonsense. The real reason for creating the so-called rapid deployment force is they say it needs infrastructure. And the infrastructurethat is, in plain language is military basesneed to be on Russias borders. And they've said where they're going to put them: in the Baltic republic, Poland and Romania.

"Now, why is this important? Because NATO has expanded for 20 years, but its been primarily a political expansion, bringing these countries of eastern Europe into our sphere of political influence; now its becoming a military expansion. So, within a short period of time, we will have a new -- well, we have a new Cold War, but here's the difference. The last Cold War, Geometric Quilted Bedspread & Pillow Shams Set, Surreal Puzzle Shape PrintGeometric Quilted Bedspread & Pillow Shams Set, Wavy Short Lines Printthe military confrontation was in Berlin, far from Russia. Now it will be, if they go ahead with this NATO decision, right plunk on Russias borders. Russia will then leave the historic nuclear agreement that Reagan and Gorbachev signed in 1987 to abolish short-range nuclear missiles. It was the first time nuclear -- a category of nuclear weapons had ever been abolished. Where are, by the way, the nuclear abolitionists today? Where is the grassroots movement, you know, FREEZE, SANE? Where have these people gone to? Because were looking at a new nuclear arms race. Russia moves these intermediate missiles now to protect its own borders, as the West comes toward Russia. And the tripwire for using these weapons is enormous."

"One other thing. Russia has about, I think, 10,000 tactical nuclear weapons, sometimes called battlefield nuclear weapons. You use these for short distances. They can be fired; you dont need an airplane or a missile to fly them. They can be fired from artillery. But they're nuclear. They're radioactive. They've never been used. Russia has about 10,000. We have about 500. Russia's military doctrine clearly says that if Russia is threatened by overwhelming conventional forces, we will use tactical nuclear weapons. So when Obama boasts, as he has on two occasions, that our conventional weapons are vastly superior to Russia, he's feeding into this argument by the Russian hawks that we have to get our tactical nuclear weapons ready." (You ought to look up the full interview with Stephen F. Cohen yesterday at Democracy Now!,GEOMETRIC STRIPED HEXAGON GREY PIPED COTTON BLEND KING SIZE DUVET COVERGerber 8970118E 0539-0117 22-41471 Suspension Multi -- thanks to Toshimuro Ogura who pointed at it at WSF-Discuss)

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Prof. Cohen mentioned the huge American mass movements FREEZE and SANE of the 1980s. He also ought to have mentioned END, that is, European Nuclear Disarmament, the immense popular and anti-systemic European movement of the same decade.

END, being a non-aligned and Neutralist movement, not committed to "the East" nor to "The West", was opening a perspective towards an alternative world system. Our Social Forum has hitherto lacked this perspective. It has postponed it, and in so doing it has been mistaken. Another world is not possible without nuclear disarmament, and nuclear disarmament will not be decided multilaterally. It has to begin in some particular country and/or region. It has to start unilaterally.

Unilateral nuclear disarmament is the right thing to do, morally. But it is also the right thing to do from a military, strategical, point of view -- a necessary condition for what can possibly be meant with "a victory".

It is politically right, because the "weapons" of today (the nuclear, but also the new genetic, nanotech and robotic weapons) are incompatible with justice and democracy.

Economically: disarmament indeed opens up an economic perspective, and the nuclear armament systems are the top of the iceberg, that is, of our "war economy", which contributes, probably more than anything else, to destroying the conditions of life on this planet.

And culturally?

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"It is hopeless. And we are not giving up." -- Jan Erik Vold

Friday 9 May 2014

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In order to commemorate the work of the peacemovements during the last 100 years we arrange the PEACE EVENT SARAJEVO 6-9 June.

But who are we?

How Far Should The Library Aid The Peace Movement and Similar Propaganda? asked librarian George F. Bowerman in his address at the American Library Association National Conference in Berkeley, California 1915.

We also want to look into the future. Therefore, the workshop PEACE AND THE INTERNET is also on the program in Sarajevo. Has the Internet created the prerequiste for a more enduring world peace? How can the library contribute to "the sympathetic world spirit" (Bowerman) which will certainly also be needed?

These questions are to be discussed against the background of the recent NetMundial-conference on "Internet governance" in Sao Paulo.

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