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'm back to work for the Global Network. Will continue to help Lisa Savage for US Senate campaign on my free time. Trying to self-isolate as much as possible. Best wishes and good luck to you all.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Latest space issues interview

Listen to "Saying NO to the militarization of space" on Spreaker.

Journalist Karl Grossman and Bruce Gagnon, coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, on “Loud & Clear this week.

The programs kicks off with our discussing Trump saying, upon the unveiling of a U.S. Space Force flag in the Oval Office last week, that “space is going to be…the future both in terms of defense and offense" -- a declaration of the offensive mission of the Space Force that flies in the face of the Outer Space Treaty that sets space aside for peaceful purposes. 

Correction: 

During the interview I mistakenly mixed up Trump's recent withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty with his current refusal to re-negotiate the START Treaty with Russia that expires next year.  

The Open Skies Treaty allows 34 nations to send unarmed aerial surveillance flights over the entire territory of the states who are members of the accord. This creates trust and stability.  The US wants out.

The START Treaty regulates nuclear missiles and warheads between the US and Russia.  Trump wants out of this treaty as well.  It should be remembered that during the Obama administration they made the decision to upgrade and modernize the Pentagon's nuclear stockpile by spending $1 trillion during the next 20 years.

Bruce 

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