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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I grew up in a military family and joined the Air Force in 1971 during the Vietnam War. It was there that I became a peace activist.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

HEADING NORTH

I spoke in Stockholm last night and this morning head north to Kiruna which is the home of Sweden's Esrange space center. There is a small peace group there that is hosting me for a talk and a tour of the center.

Esrange maintains that everything they do there is only for civilian space but reports are that U.S. military personnel are often seen visiting the place and they are now testing military Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV's) at the large test center.

Even though Sweden is not a member of NATO they do have separate military agreements with the U.S. and I am quite certain that the line between civilian and military space is being rubbed out. Dual use it is called.

My trip is helping to shine some light on the growing role of the Nordic countries in space. Agneta Norberg has done a fine job of getting me around the region and the word is spreading. All the new space videos I brought with me, that the Global Network has just produced, are gone and I have two stops left. One person in Denmark, the international president of WILPF, already has said she is going to translate the video into Danish for wide distribution in her country.

Bit by bit.

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