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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With a new administration in Washington it will be a challenge to get the 'liberals' to hold Biden-Harris to the few 'progressive promises' they made during their campaign. Biden is bringing back many of Bush & Obama's neo-cons to head his foreign policy. I'll be on this case without hesitation.

Thursday, August 05, 2010


  • I'm stuffing envelopes with our latest Keep Space for Peace Week flyer and poster. The mailing will go out to hundreds of our key local activist contacts around the world. This year our space week of local events will be held during the period of October 2-9. We also hope to have DVD copies of the new documentary film Pax Americana and the Weaponization of Space. Already Bob Anderson in Albuquerque, NM has lined up a showing at a local theatre for the film which won best documentary at the Whistler Film Festival outside of Vancouver, British Columbia. My next steps will be to begin collecting the list of local events held during space week. Let me know ASAP if you plan something in your community.

  • U.S. nuclear hypocrisy rears its ugly head again. Obama's administration is reported to be in advanced negotiations to share nuclear fuel and technology with Vietnam in a deal that would allow the nation to enrich its own uranium. The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that the U.S. state department-led negotiations could upset China, which shares hundreds of miles of border with Vietnam. Nukes are OK for Israel, India, Pakistan, Vietnam, and other "allies" but not Iran or North Korea. Do as I say, not do as I do is the operating principle at work here.

  • The Washington Post recently reported:

The United States is also collaborating with Israel and friendly Persian Gulf nations to establish and improve their antimissile abilities. Two years ago, the U.S. military established a radar facility in Israel and plans to do the same in a nearby Arab nation.

Antimissile operations in Israel, the Persian Gulf and Europe are technically independent and in varying phases of preparation. However, they are each designed to interact with command-and-control programs run by the U.S. armed forces.

The U.S. Navy last year began fielding Aegis-class cruisers and destroyers outfitted with ballistic missile interceptors in the Mediterranean Sea. These warships are anticipated to serve as a first and essential component of the Obama administration's "phased adapted approach" to Europe-based missile defenses.

These "missile offense" developments will be the theme of our Keep Space for Peace Week in early October. They are not really aimed at Iran but in fact will be used against Russia and China.


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