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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The collapsing US military & economic empire is making Washington & NATO even more dangerous. US could not beat the Taliban but thinks it can take on China-Russia-Iran...a sign of psychopathology for sure. @BruceKGagnon

Monday, March 20, 2023

2003 'Shock & Awe' in Iraq....US-NATO aggression today



USA Escalation toward the East

By Manlio Dinucci (On TV Channel 262, Italy)

MARCH 2003 - Twenty years ago, on March 20, 2003, the US and the Coalition under US command attacked and invaded Iraq with the allegation of possessing weapons of mass destruction on the basis of "evidence" later found to be false. Secretary of State Colin Powell himself, who presented them to the UN Security Council, was forced years later to define his 2003 speech to the UN as a "stain" on his resume. 

On March 20, President George Bush announced: “On my orders, the coalition forces have begun striking to undermine Saddam Hussein's ability to wage war. More than 35 countries are providing crucial support, up to and including the deployment of combat units. Every nation that is part of this coalition has chosen to assume the duty and share the honour of serving our common defence." 

30,000 Italian soldiers were part of the coalition under US command. Thus began the war that would kill over a million Iraqis and cost the US over 14,000 billion dollars together with the war that began in Afghanistan in 2001. The US strategic goal was to control not only Iraq but the entire Middle East.



MARCH 2023 - “The China-brokered deal between Iran and Saudi Arabia shapes a new Middle East,” wrote the Wall Street Journal, while the New York Times wrote: “Agreement between regional rivals highlights the growing economic and political importance of China in the Middle East and the decline of American influence”.

Unable to prevent the "decline" with political and economic means, the US and its allies are increasingly resorting to military ones. The "fundamental agreement with Australia and Great Britain", announced by President Biden, falls within this framework. It provides for the construction of a new fleet of nuclear attack submarines made by the United States, Great Britain, and Australia. 

In this way, Australia will effectively become the tenth nuclear power with the task of keeping China under fire. The new nuclear strike fleet will operate not only in the South China Sea and the Pacific Ocean but also in the Atlantic Sea against Russia. 

Sunday, March 19, 2023

Sunday song



Saturday, March 18, 2023

March 18 'No war with Russia' protest in Maine


Click on the photos for better view. Pictures by MB Sullivan

We had 50 folks come from all over Maine today to our protest in conjunction with the national event at the White House in Washington.

We met at a very busy intersection in Westbrook (near Portland). It was attended by people from six political parties in the state. (Maine Green Independent Party, Communist Party of Maine, Libertarian Party, Portland Republican Party, People's Party of Maine, and Party for Socialism & Liberation of Maine.)

We had a steady and huge amount of honks, waves and peace signs from the cars passing by. Everyone was really pumped by the experience. We all agreed that the 'worm is turning' and that the public (all across the political landscape) is not happy about the Biden administration and Congress funneling $113 billion to the proxy war in Ukraine that is aimed at Russia (and soon China as well).

We had a good mix of all ages at the event - something that has been a long time coming in Maine as the peace movement here has been aging.

We had a final closing circle and invited people to share why they had come. It was very moving to hear those present applaud for the speakers from various political parties. I made sure to make the point that there are good people in all the parties and political organizations and we must resist the 'divide and conquer' efforts by the corporate oligarchs that run our country.

Today was a great example of what is indeed possible if we try with good faith and a cooperative spirit to work together. We can come together in solidarity. We don't have to agree with each other on every single issue. But today was a resounding call that we must oppose this suicidal US-NATO permanent war path.

More to come. Stay tuned.

Keep paddling.


PS Try as we might we did not get every single person into a photo. We are sorry for that.

Update: We have decided to hold another no war event at the busy intersection in Topsham, Maine on Saturday, April 15 at 1:30 pm. This is very near the Hwy 295 Topsham exit. The intersection is on the corner of Hwys 196 & 201. Lee Toyota is on one of the corners. 

U.S. is the greatest purveyor of violence in the world

There is nothing to worry about the China-Russia ties, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said, responding to Washington's "concern" over China's relations with Russia.

The U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price said on Wednesday that "we are concerned because these two countries share a vision. They share an intent."

Ex-military whistleblowers important for deeper understanding



U.S. Intelligence Community is Doing Group Think on Steroids.

Larry Johnson is interviewed.

Johnson is a veteran of the CIA and the State Department’s Office of Counter Terrorism. He provided training to the US Military’s Special Operations community for 24 years. 

It should not be discounted that ex-military whistleblowers are increasingly speaking out about US neo-con led foreign and military policy. This significant info and analysis is crucial for a clear understanding of the fact that Washington is now owned and run by corporate globalist interests.