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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.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

AFRICOM: Deadly Deception

 


By Friends of Congo  


On October 1, 2007, the United States under the presidency of George W. Bush and the military leadership of the Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, launched the Africa Command (AFRICOM). The command was based in Stuttgart, Germany. In the same vein as the 1884/85 Berlin Conference, AFRICOM was a wholly external concoction to be imposed on Africans without their input or consent. In fact, when African leaders first heard of the establishment of an African command, they overwhelmingly rejected its intent to expand U.S. military presence on the African continent. Even during President Bush's trip to the continent in 2008, African leaders roundly rejected US military expansion on the continent. The only country that was amenable to the presence of AFRICOM on African soil was Liberia under the leadership of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Although Bush appointed Morgan State University graduate, Kip Ward, an African American four-star general to head up AFRICOM and continued to claim that the intent of AFRICOM was not to establish US military bases in Africa, he still faced stiff resistance. Kip Ward waxed eloquently about AFRICOM being established to support humanitarian assistance efforts in Africa, build wells and prevent conflict.

In order for otherwise reasonable and critical people to buy the deception of the US military having as its main aim, humanitarian assistance support and peace and stability in Africa, they have to already subscribe to certain preconceived notions about Africa and Africans. In essence, the US military has traded in the notion that Africa is a poor continent in need of charity. Although the opposite is true - that Africa is a rich continent, in fact the richest continent on the planet in natural resources that has been plundered for the past 500 years, starting with the trafficking in African bodies and today with the super exploitation of oil, copper, cobalt, coltan, diamonds, gold, bauxite, timber and myriad other natural riches. 

The charity propaganda combined with the command being led by a Black man and then to be championed by a Black president with the election of Barack Obama in 2008, the resistance to AFRICOM became exceedingly difficult. The path was cleared under the Obama presidency to the point where the US military presence on the African continent expanded nearly 2,000 percent under his presidency. In addition, under the Obama administration with Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State and Susan Rice as US Ambassador to the United Nations, AFRICOM led the bombing of Libya in cahoots with NATO to effect "regime change" in Libya by removing Muammar Gaddafi from power. Hillary Clinton infamously stated on her visit to Libya after the murder of Gaddafi "We came, we saw, he died"
 

Today, Libya and the surrounding countries in the Sahel, particularly Chad, Niger, Burkina Faso, and Mali are a living hell due to the fall out from the NATO/AFRICOM bombing campaign and subsequent government overthrow in Libya.

 

Should one make an objective assessment of one of AFRICOM's signature claims at its inception - to bring stability and assist in advancing peace and stability in Africa - one would have to conclude that AFRICOM has been an abject failure. However, knowledgeable people know that AFRICOM's real aim was never peace nor stability but rather strategic interests. 

The United States uses its military throughout the globe to bring about full spectrum domination and Africa is no exception. A case in point is the United States' recent push to acquire permission from Kenya to conduct drone strikes in its territory. Should Somalia serve as an example or model where US drone strikes have killed civilians, Kenyans would be forewarned to categorically reject this request from the US. 

Friday, October 09, 2020

Keep Space for Peace Week webinar

 


 How can we confront the rapidly increasing militarisation and possible weaponization of space?
 
When the US Space Force was established last year, President Trump said that it marked “a big moment” and that there was “going to be a lot of things happening in space. Because space is the world’s newest war-fighting domain.”
 
A new generation of space weapons – episode 2 of Reagan’s Star Wars – is In the cards. The U.S., Russia, China and India have extensive military space programmes and tested ASATs and the UK, France, NATO, Japan and South Korea have either established or are working towards their own military Space Forces.
 
This webinar produced by the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space (GN)


Keep Space for Peace Week gives us an opportunity to focus on the challenges presented by the rush to exploit space.
 
GN Convenor Professor Dave Webb introduces a panel of GN experts: Professor Karl Grossman (U.S.), Tamara Lorincz (Canada), Sung-Hee Choi (South Korea), Denis Doherty (Australia) and GN Coordinator Bruce Gagnon (U.S.) to discuss ways in which we can face these challenges.  

Thursday, October 08, 2020

Where do U.S. warships port in the Asia-Pacific?

 

 

By Will Griffin (Afghan & Iraq wars veteran and Global Network board member)

The Global Network's latest video focuses on the continuing struggle from Jeju Island, South Korea against the militarization of the island as well as US imperialism on the peninsula.

The Global Network was invited to hold our annual conference in Gangjeong Village in 2012. The village is where a naval base has been constructed, destroying fishing and farming lands which has been a fundamental source of life for the local villagers for hundreds of years. 

In addition a 2nd airport is being constructed in the name of tourism but will actually be used by the military's of both South Korea and the US, and many islanders see it has a continuation of the militarization of their home lands. The naval base and the 2nd Airport are being pushed forward in undemocratic ways where local villagers have not given their consent for such exploitation. 

Jeju's struggle is a perpetuation of foreign powers imposing militarization and imperialism onto the local people since the 1948 April 3rd Uprising and Massacre, where 30,000-60,000 people were killed and further dividing the Korean Peninsula.

The Global Network stands in solidarity with the people of Jeju and Korea who oppose militarization and stand for peace and justice.

Wednesday, October 07, 2020

What actually happened in Syria?

 

 

In remarks to the UN Security Council, The Grayzone’s Aaron Maté details the OPCW’s Douma cover-up scandal and urges UN members to support the chemical watchdog’s inspectors whose evidence was suppressed.

Veteran OPCW inspectors who investigated an alleged chemical attack in Douma, Syria in April 2018 say that their probe was censored and manipulated. Under direct US government pressure, the OPCW concealed evidence that pointed to the incident being staged on the ground, and instead released a report that suggested Syrian government culpability. The allegation against Syria led to the bombing of Syria by the US, France, and UK just days after the alleged Douma incident. In his remarks, Aaron calls this “one of the most important, and overlooked, global stories in recent memory” and urges the UN and OPCW to let the OPCW inspectors air their concerns, and present the evidence that was suppressed.

Other briefers participating in the UN session were former OPCW inspector Ian Henderson, a member of the Douma team; and award-winning physicist Ted Postol, MIT professor emeritus and former Pentagon adviser.

Tuesday, October 06, 2020

US-UK violating international law at USAF Croughton near Oxford

 

 

Paul Mobbs organizes around the US space warfare base called Croughton near Oxford, England.

Paul writes: 

Just finished uploading two videos on USAF Croughton as part of the Global Network's Keep Space for Peace Week 2020


This video explores the long-standing issues of USAF Croughton  and the break-down of the international prohibitions on civilian killings and torture. Recently the media have been
complaining that the British Government intends to “break international law” as part of Brexit. In practise these complaints highlight the media’s historic silence when the British Government has routinely broken international humanitarian law before; in particular, our involvement in
foreign conflicts involving the USA and ‘Western’ interests.

[Near the end the video features footage from past protests at the base - but with the virus events this year have gone online.]

The script of the video, with extensive links to background reports features in the video, is available here -- http://www.fraw.org.uk/blog/video/20201003-rules_britannia.html

Monday, October 05, 2020

Hearing from the Russian side

 

Dr. Vladimir Kozin, Special Advisor to the Russian Presidential Administration and leading expert at the Center for Military-Political Studies, Moscow State Institute for International Relations, and the Russian Foreign Ministry. 

He and Regis Tremblay discuss the US unwillingness to continue the New START treaty set to expire in February 2021 and Lt. Colonel Vladislav Petrov, the man who in September 1983 made the decision not to launch Russian retaliatory missiles when five US missiles were mistakenly identified on the Soviet Early Warning System. 

Below is the link to the 2016 movie, The Man Who Saved The World. It is a riveting, emotional, and terrifying film that everyone should see. 

(1) True story and everyone on the planet can be thankful we are still alive for his decision. (2) You really should be very afraid that a nuclear holocaust could happen today.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TNdihbV5go

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I know Vladimir Kozin.  He came to speak at our Global Network space organizing conference in Kiruna, Sweden in 2013. I was very impressed with him and like him very much.  

When the Global Network organized our Russia study tour in 2019 (Moscow, Crimea, St. Petersburg) Kozin came to speak with our group at our hotel in Moscow.  

I am tired of all the demonization of Russia.  Think of it this way - when George W. Bush & Tony Blair lied to the world in 2003 about Iraq's 'weapons of mass destruction' it was the western media that joined the war-mongering crusade and promoted the eventual illegal and immoral 'shock and awe' attack.  These same corporate owned media today are the ones leading the demonizing Russia and China non-stop. Fool me once.....

But the numbers don't lie.  Check out this graphic and see the military spending of Russia in comparison to the US.  Then add the NATO allies to the US total - it's more than 60% of the global total.  Now tell me that Russia is a real threat to the west.  It's all BS.


The Russians love their children, love to eat, love to laugh and are not interested in taking over the world.  They just refuse to get on their knees and submit to US authority.  Who could blame them?

Thanks to our friend Regis Tremblay (from Maine) who now lives in Crimea and is doing his best to help humanize the Russian people with us hard-hearted Americans who have been fed many years of Russian red baiting.

Bruce 

Sunday, October 04, 2020

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