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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. @BruceKGagnon

Saturday, February 25, 2023

Thousands in Berlin protest weapons to Ukraine



Thousands rallied near Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate on Saturday to demand that Germany help bring a peace process forward between Ukraine and Russia, instead of funneling deadly weapons to Kiev.

The "Peace Rally" was organized by the left-wing Die Linke party, which estimated attendance at more than 50,000. Protesters were seen waving peace flags and holding up placards that read, "Make Peace, Without Weapons" and "Diplomacy Instead of Arms Deliveries."

Sahra Wagenknecht, a lawmaker from Die Linke who called the rally, accused Chancellor Olaf Scholz in a speech of allowing Germany to be dragged deeper and deeper into the Ukrainian conflict.

"We do not feel represented by a chancellor who… repeatedly bows down to warmongers in his coalition and crosses one red line after another… We do not want German tanks to shoot at grandchildren of Russian women and men, millions of whom were slaughtered by the Wehrmacht," she said.

She also criticized defense industry lobbyists in the government and Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, whom she accused of "trampling on the international arena like a bull in a china shop" and having "so little control over what she says publicly that she has mistakenly declared a war on Russia."

In the protest's manifesto, the left party demanded that Chancellor Scholz "stop the escalation of weapons deliveries" and focus instead on promoting a ceasefire and peace negotiations to avoid a third world war. A petition launched by Wagenknecht on website this month has been signed by almost 650,000 people.

Facing the future - militarization of thought


Dr Robert Malone, is an internationally recognized virologist, immunologist, physician, biochemist and author. 

He is credited as the original inventor of mRNA delivery and vaccination as a technology and has spent much of the last 40 years of his life working on vaccine development and drug repurposing for infectious disease outbreaks.

Friday, February 24, 2023

Pentagon spokesman lies about NATO



Pentagon spokesman for Biden gets exposed by member of the media during news conference in Washington. 

In this short clip, Patrick Bet-David, Jimmy Dore, Adam Sosnick and Vincent Oshana talk about the Russian-Ukrainian war. 

Painting for peace at Space Force base


Space Force base GI helps paint banner


Hey Bruce,

I thought of you. We were at the Vandenberg Space Force base on January 22nd to celebrate the entry into force of the nuclear ban treaty.  We were painting a mural on a canvas out in front of the base when the base security came out. 

Dimitri talked one of the security personnel into helping paint the mural. It reminded me of the story that you had of encountering protesters at Travis Air Force base when you were in the service [during the Vietnam war] and being moved by them.  

Anyway, it just made me think of you.

Dennis Apel

Thursday, February 23, 2023

German peace activist facing jail time



Heinrich Bücker is the founder and operator of Berlin’s Coop Antiwar Cafe, a popular gathering place for leftist activists in the city. 

He has come under attack by the German government for his criticism of Germany’s role in the war in Ukraine. 

Bruce Gagnon interviews Heinrich about the German governments increasingly aggressive attitude toward Russia.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Comedian Jimmy Dore at DC rally



At the recent Rage Against the War Machine rally in Washington DC, jagoff comedian Jimmy Dore took to the stage to remind the attendees that the War in Ukraine is not about “freedom” or “democracy” but rather, like practically all wars, is in service of the oligarchy that rules us and seeks to keep us divided. 

Excellent finish by Jimmy - be sure to listen to at least the last couple of minutes.

Update from Finland on US-NATO expansion



By Kerstin Tuomala 

I live in the country side and it is different from living in the towns. Here is a tradition just to visit neighbors and friends unofficially - just to drop in. In these days it is very important to meet people, because the society is getting hard and impersonal. Finland has never had such an aggressive policy during my life - and most ministers are women - green and so called left (social democrats and left association, also center-party and some small party). You could expect a feminine policy - but NO! They are worse than men, especially our prime minister, Sanna Marin, social democrat.

The NATO process was quite undemocratic and no referendum was hold- opposite to what both the president and prime minister promised before they went to Washington and other places, from where they seemed to be instructed. The polls they refer to are made in ways to get the results they want - they have not taken big enough random samples for interviews, but they have take samples from a limited group in the internet and they are excluding the oldest people from the polls, which is not correct at all. We, who now are old, have experienced the cold war and have also seen the benefits of having reasonable and diplomatic relations with all our neighbors including Russia. When we tried to complain about this, we were ignored.

I am still with the Peace committee of Lapland, I am taking care of the economy. We had a meeting in the beginning of this month, in Kemi, 200 kms from here. We were learning about the new USA bases in Norway. In the area of the bases the law of the United States of America is valid and if a Norwegian break the USA law in his/her own country but on the area of the base she/he would be investigated and/or judged through the law of the US. But the US soldiers and personal will not have to obey Norwegian law. What is this other than occupation?

Very secretly but obviously, our leaders of the foreign policy are arranging something like these bases also here in Finland. Of course we are very worried about this all, together with the fact that almost every cooperation and diplomatic relations with our neighbor Russia are cut down. It has taken decades to create good relations and now they are destroyed by Finnish policy by people who are inexperienced and incompetent what comes to interaction and skillful diplomacy. Our medias are dependent on Stratcom in Riga and the Hybrid center in Helsinki. Some people still get their views printed in the papers but it is much more difficult than ever.

In this situation I realize that the peace people in Maine - You and Your friends write to Your government and the Congress to demand those responsible for destroying Nord Stream 1 and 2 to be investigated and punished. I agree. It was a terrorist deed and also a deed against us all who live in the region, it was a crime against the environment. Thank You for writing these letters!! 

It is really important. As it is important to free Julian Assange because journalism is not a crime. It is important that people like Julian and Seymour Hersh can do their jobs and seek for the truth. For the details - I read a detailed description about how some ships from the Swedish navy operated at the places near Bornholm just where the explosions took place just two days before. They used the transponders at times and at times not, but they did something at the places one day and then went to the harbor and returned the next day. That has also to do with the explosions - it cannot be other wise, since they operated exactly at the location of the explosions. I think there are details we will learn more about in time....Although USA is responsible, somehow also the Swedish [and Norway] navy were involved.

The peace movement in Finland is split. There are some associations who demonstrate 25th of February against the war in Ukraine but instead of demanding our government not to send arms to Ukraine and to work instead for peace, they go to the Russian embassy and demand the war to stop. We in Lapland will study what is going on, and I try to participate even though I have to drive 200 kms one way and then back. It seems that very few persons know about what has gone on in Ukraine since the [2014 US orchestrated] coup. The peace movement is split.

Fortunately there are competent people now gathering together to seek for what to do. So we are not without hope.

I really hope the people of Europe would start to care about the security here, look really about how to find the way to peace in Europe for all Europeans. I believe we should learn to live on our continent not using the soil of other peoples for our benefits. I believe USA could live quite well in USA and we should leave the soils of Africa, Asia and Latin-America to their peoples. That is how we could survive as mankind. Not to use more than we have, not to exploit others but to work together and help each others. 

Upcoming Gagnon Zoom talk with Philippine activists



US and its Forever Wars: US NATO Proxy War on Russia

SUNDAY @ 10:00-12:00 noon Philippine TIME
(9 pm EST in US)

Speaker:  Bruce Gagnon
Coordinator - Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space

Zoom Meeting

Philippine Initiative on Critical & Global Issues (Phil-Initiative) -  a new network made up of democratic organizations and individuals who are keen on studying and discussing not just the historical roots but also the present state of imperialism in the face of changing world and ever-increasing tension between and among global powers.

As Phil-Initiatives continue organizing a series of Learning Sessions on BIG POWER DYNAMICS taking up the different dimensions of imperialist wars of aggression - its origins, its impact on nations and lives of people including the implications to peace and security in our region - we would like to focus on the U.S. FOREVER WARS particularly for February & March this year.  

With the war in Ukraine already 1 year since it started and the recent agreement of the Philippines and the United States for an expanded EDCA (Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement)  - we would like to provide a platform for Philippine social movements to learn about the implication of these new trends.

  • What were US motives/interest in its support for Ukraine in the ongoing war?
  • What would be the outcome of the war on Ukraine?  Is its end near?  What could be the factors that this war would end?
  • What were US’s motives in going to war against Iraq?
  • Did the US get its politico-military and economic objectives? Did the US win in the broad sense?
  • Why do some people say that the war in Iraq did not really end?
  • What should we learn from the Iraq experience? 

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Protest in Munich during warmongers conference



Protesters in the German city of Munich called for peace talks on the Russia-Ukraine conflict and an end to the supply of arms to Ukraine on the second day of the annual Munich Security Conference.

More than 500 activists gathered at one demonstration spot near the city center, holding signs with messages like "stop the war" and "weapons bring death and destruction". They opposed the discussions at the conference on further stepping up military support to Ukraine and criticized the United States and NATO for causing the conflict and its escalation.

Ukraine: Bought and sold



The Grayzone's Max Blumenthal and Aaron Mate discuss Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's announcement of key partnerships with the Blackrock venture capital firm and Goldman Sachs to privatize Ukrainian assets and deepen the country's debt as part of his post-war reconstruction plan. 

Also see story about the Ukraine army using chemical weapons against Russian soldiers here 

Monday, February 20, 2023

Raging Against The War Machine in Maine

By Lisa Savage


Yesterday's gatherings to rage against the war machine in Maine were among the most interesting I've organized. Not only did we get a bunch of new people to fill in the ranks of those missing because they only oppose wars when a Republican is in the White House, but our participants were from a broad range of political parties and tendencies: Green Independent Party of Maine, Communist Party of Maine, Libertarian Party of Maine, and independents were all represented.

Two people said they were Republicans, while two others told me (separately) that they were registered Democrats but did not feel like the party represented their interests and were planning to unenroll. 



One person came from New Hampshire to join us, while two others had come up from NYC as one of them has ties to Waterville, Maine.


Professors from the Maine College of Art in Portland and Colby College in Waterville were with us, plus someone who works at the University of New England.



Our messaging was varied and most signs or banners played on one of the nine demands we were organized around for raging on February 19:

  • Not One More Penny for War in Ukraine
  • Negotiate Peace
  • Stop the War Inflation
  • Disband NATO
  • Global Nuclear De-escalation
  • Slash the Pentagon Budget
  • Abolish War and Empire
  • Restore Civil Liberties
  • Free Julian Assange

In addition we had a sign made the night before at my house calling out the Biden administration on revelations by investigative reporter Sy Hersh that the Nordstream pipelines were bombed by U.S. and NATO nations working together under cover of so-called "war games."

I saw another good sign on this theme in the coverage of the Rage event in Washington DC.

Estimates of that crowd range from 3,000-5,000 (crowds are notoriously hard to count). We had 20 in Bath and 16 in Westbrook, with some overlap. Many of the groups represented said their members had traveled to DC for the bigger rally. Honestly, as an anti-war organizer in Maine, I'm pleased when we have attendance in the double digits.

We also received coverage from Maine Public Radio and I just finished a follow-up radio interview this morning with the Ric Tyler/George Perry Show. Those two media outlets in Maine are as far apart ideologically as our group was. However, since the corporate media ignores us in these days of draconian narrative control, I'm willing to spread our message on whichever platforms are available. (Just to be clear, I don't align politically with either of those media outlets.)

What's next? March 18 is the date we agreed to meet again in Westbrook, where response was positive from many of the hundreds of cars that drove by in an hour.

Want to join us next time? Leave your email address in the comments and we'll be in touch. Because we don't have to agree on everything to stand together against the real possibility of a nuclear World War 3.

Blindly following the American empire

The Australien Government has made an ad for its new AUKUS military alliance, and it’s surprisingly honest and informative.  

Sunday, February 19, 2023

Sunday song