Organizing Notes

Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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Sunday, July 05, 2015

U. S. NSA Base in New Zealand

THE 5th EYE preview from CUTCUTCUT Films on Vimeo.

A teacher, farmer and priest break into the Waihopai spy base deflating a giant radome in an act of disarmament, against New Zealand’s role in the US-led War on Terror. A millionaire internet mogul and alleged copyright pirate fights extradition to the US only to discover he was illegally spied on by the same shadowy agency that runs the base, on behalf of the American FBI. With the rise of the surveillance state in the digital age, new battle lines are drawn in new territories, and the enemy is sought out closer to home.

Rally Against U.S. X-Band Radar in Kyoto

Report from Kyoto:

On July 4 the Kyoto Coalition against the US X-band Radar Base held a rally in central Kyoto, Japan.

The rally got larger participants than before. In fact, recent crackdown against the coalition expanded people’s concerns on the US base in Ukawa, Kyotango-city, where is located on northern part of Kyoto Prefecture.

People shared the latest situation there through the presentation from local activist in Ukawa, and then marched on central Kyoto.

The base is one of important parts of the global US Missile Defense (MD) network. On coming July 30 – August 1, the annual assembly of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space will be held in Kyoto. Many foreign peace activists will come to Kyoto to share the situation.

No to US base in Ukawa, Henoko and elsewhere!

Who Really Runs Ukraine - Read the Fine Print

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Sunday Song

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Say What?

PeaceWorks in Bath July 4 Parade

Bath, Maine calls itself the 'City of Ships' where Navy Aegis destroyers are built.  So today for the July 4 parade, the largest parade in Maine with more than 10,000 watching, our local PeaceWorks group did an entry of peaceful ships.  The ships were designed by Maine artist group called ARRT! (artists' rapid response team) with photos by Peter Woodruff.  Thanks to all those who came and participated with us, it was a great day!  Remember many activists often complain that we are 'always preaching to the choir' but being in these parades helps us reach the community at large with our messages.  We got a good response from the public. (Click on any photo for a better view.)

Friday, July 03, 2015

New Record in Australia: Most Protests in One Day

Great video with terrific ending about confronting the military industrial surveillance complex.

Latest documentary by multi-award winning Australian filmmaker, David Bradbury. A window into the passions and politics of the modern Australian peace movement.

Shot during the action-packed 2014 Canberra Peace Convergence at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, Waging Peace tracks a convoy of activists who set out to break the world record for the most protest actions on a single day - 28 were held. Featuring Senator Scott Ludlum, US Iraq War veteran, Vince Emanuele and Bundjalung Elder Vincent Duraux, the film concludes with the powerful, historically significant Frontier Wars March on Anzac Day.

Responding to the perfect storm of wars, climate change and the global surveillance state, today's peace activists act with strategy and gusto; by targeting the industries and institutions which drive Australia's complicity and challenging the deepest of our cultural assumptions about war and Australia's history.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

USA Get Out of Ukraine!

Hundreds stage protest in front of US embassy in Kiev.

The video above speaks for itself - the movement against US occupation and colonization of Ukraine is growing by the day.  Increasingly citizens in Kiev are showing their determined support for the self-defense forces in eastern Ukraine (Donbass) that are still daily being shelled by Kiev's 'National Guard' (neo-Nazi units). The US Army is currently training Kiev's 'National Guard' in western Ukraine.

Apparently during the training in western Ukraine the food is quite good and the accommodations are to the liking of the US GI's.  (See video below) They even have Wifi so they can let folks back home know they are out supporting 'freedom and democracy' in Ukraine and stopping those terrible Russians next door from invading.

Unfortunately these unsuspecting American GI's don't understand that the 'freedom' they are 'defending' is not really the one they have in their minds.  The corporations that run US foreign and military policy have a very different definition of 'freedom'.

This was illustrated yesterday when US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt spoke at the Fairmont Hotel in Kiev.  Pyatt talked about his upcoming trip to Odessa, Ukraine to visit the new Governor Saakashvili (former President of Georgia now wanted for crimes there who was recently made a Ukrainian citizen and 'appointed' as governor - he is a former student of Harvard College and a favorite US puppet).

Pyatt said in part:  "I'm also delighted that I will be joined by Andy Hunder, the Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine, and Andy and I will use the opportunity to highlight in a public-private way the support of the American business community also.  And certainly, you have a very large American business footprint already in Odessa and southern Ukraine.  But it's also one of the areas where there's the greatest headroom; because whether its Cargill or Archer Daniels Midland [two big agri-business corporations], all of the food processing guys, everyone who's involved with agriculture, they'd like to be doing more here.  And they are not doing more because of the prohibitive investment climate."

Translation:  The big US-based agri-business giants can't wait to get their hands on all that rich Ukrainian soil for GMO farming.  But deals must be made and laws must be passed that enable full control of these lands by these corporations thus Pyatt, Hunder, Cargill, Archer Daniels Midland, Monsanto and the rest of the big boys have serious work to do.  Putting well-worn Saakashvili into the governor seat in Odessa is a key step toward greasing the skids for total corporate control of Ukraine's rich soil - and lots of other 'investment opportunies' as well.

Freedom and democracy indeed!

Pentagon 'Worried' about Inter-Space War

The Pentagon has released a new National Military Strategy, the first since 2011, listing ISIS, Iran,  China and Russia as major security threats. RT's Gayane Chichakyan reports.

Note the reference to Pentagon concerns about "inter-space war with a major power".  This is code lingo to Congress that the aerospace industry wants more $$$ for space warfare research, development, testing and deployment.  The industry has long maintained that the space domination program will be the largest industrial project in world history necessitating a dedicated funding source.

Some years ago in the industry publication Space News an editorial outlined the plan to secure such a dedicated funding source.  The industry paper stated that the "entitlement programs" (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and what is left of the welfare program) should be defunded and those funds transferred to the Pentagon for space warfare technology development.

These days we see coordinated corporate attacks on the "entitlement programs" at the national and state levels.

Israel - A Terror State

  • It is outrageous that Israel once again used its military to stop and board the most recent attempt to bring aid and solidarity to the people of Gaza.  Pro-Palestinian activists aboard a Swedish vessel tried and failed to reach Gaza this week. The activists were detained and are being deported.
  • The United Church of Christ (UCC) announced on June 30 that the plenary of the 30th General Synod taking place in Cleveland passed Resolution #4, calling for boycotts and divestment from companies that profit from Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands. "In approving this resolution, the UCC has demonstrated its commitment to justice and equality,” said Rev. Mitri Raheb, a Christian Palestinian and Pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, who travelled to Cleveland for the synod. “For Palestinians living under occupation or facing systematic discrimination as citizens of Israel, enduring the destruction of their homes and businesses, the theft of their land for settlements, and living under blockade and siege in Gaza, this action sends a strong signal that they are not alone, and that there are churches who still dare to speak truth to power and stand with the oppressed.” The vote, which was 508 in favor, 124 against, with 38 abstentions, was the culmination of a process that began in 2005, to end the Church's complicity in Israel's nearly half-century-old occupation and other abuses of Palestinian human rights. 
  •  In an article called The secret projects of Israël and Saudi Arabia we learn:  "According to our information, for the last 17 months (in other words, since the announcement of the negotiations between Washington and Tehran, which have in fact been proceeding for the last 27 months), Tel-Aviv has been engaged in secret negotiations with Saudi Arabia. Extremely high-level delegations have met five times – in India, Italy and the Czech Republic. The cooperation between Tel-Aviv and Riyadh is part of the US plan to create a 'Common Arab Defence Force', under the auspices of the Arab League, but under Israeli command. This 'Force' is already effective in Yemen, where Israeli pilots fly Saudi bombers within the framework of an Arab Coalition whose headquarters have been installed by the Israelis in Somaliland, a non-recognised state situated on the other side of the the Bab el-Mandeb straits."
  • I'm currently reading a new book called Against Our Better Judgment: The hidden history of how the US was used to create Israel by Alison Weir.  This important and fascinating study reveals the gross manipulation by the Zionists in the US and around the world to secure the Israeli state.  One example in the book stands out.  As Jews tried to escape Nazi Germany Zionists worked hard to keep the refugees from entering the US, instead wanting them to have no other option than to populate the newly formed Israel.  Weir writes:  "When [President] Roosevelt made efforts in 1938, and 1943, and the British in 1947, to provide havens for [Jewish] refugees from the Nazis, Zionists opposed these projects because they did not include Palestine.  Morris Ernst, FDR's international envoy for refugees, wrote in his memoir that when he worked to help find refuge for those fleeing Hitler, " Jewish leaders decried, sneered and then attacked me as if I were a traitor.  At one dinner party I was openly accused of furthering this plan of freer immigration [into the US] in order to undermine political Zionism...Zionist friends of mine opposed it."
  • An even more shocking revelation from Weir's excellent book is the story about Jews in Iraq who had refused to move to Israel at the time.  Iraq's then-Chief Rabbi Sassoon said, "Jews and Arabs have enjoyed the same rights and privileges for 1,000 years and do not regard themselves as a distinctive separate part of the nation."  Zionists worked to change that by covertly attacking Iraqi Jews so as to induce them to 'flee' to Israel.  Zionists planted bombs in Iraqi synagogues and in the US Information Service Library in Iraq "in attempts to portray the Iraqis as anti-American and to terrorize the Jews," according to author and former CIA operative Wilbur Crane Eveland.  "Soon leaflets began to appear urging Jews to flee to Israel," writes Eveland, and "...most of the world believed reports that Arab terrorism had motivated the flight of the Iraqi Jews whom the Zionists had 'rescued' really just in order to increase Israel's Jewish population."
  • It's clear that Israel was formed as a terrorist state and remains one to this very day.  The world must come to grips with this sad reality and boycott, divest and impose sanctions on immoral Israel. The Palestinian people more than deserve to live free from illegal collective punishment by the corrupt Israeli state.

Carter: U.S. Most Warlike Country on Earth

Former President Jimmy Carter:  "We are the most warlike country on earth, we are a laggard in addressing the problem of global warming for instance, and we are now violating about ten of the thirty paragraphs in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This is something we should look upon as opportunities or duties for the future."

Generally good words from Carter but one key point he is wrong about - you can't have the biggest military in the world and at the same time be the "champion of peace".  Those two things don't fit together.