World Beyond War is developing into a hub for the peace-movement to foment and consolidate existing peace initiatives world-wide

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by Heinrich Buecker, Berlin
There have been very important initiatives in the last century calling for the international prohibition of war as a means of conflict resolution. 
The report „A Global Security System: An Alternative to War!“ by World Beyond War is reviving past initiatives but now in the age of the internet at a very critical point in history and on a global scale.
Unfair international trading practices, unequal distribution of global resources, increasingly controlled by large multinational companies and billionaire oligarchs – central banks and their cut-throat debt policies – sanctions all of this ultimately could not be maintained without military security by the  military-industrial complex of just a few G7 countries that are spearheading this policy, causing incalculable social and ecological consequences.
China, Russia are also increasing military spending, but are at the same time, are calling on the West to stop escalating tensions. Military spending worldwide is on the rise.
We are faced with the choice between an endless war scenario, or alternatively, with a worldwide mobilisation towards a possible peaceful transformation. 
The call for a peaceful transformation and for cooperation, is a central argument of several initiatives and alliances such as the initiatives ALBA, UNASUR, CELAC, BRICS, Shanghai Cooporation, and The Non Aligned Movement While member countries of the initiatives might face specific criticsm – it is a matter of fact, that all member states are calling for a policy of non-interventionism –  characterized by the absence of interference by a state or states in the external and internal affairs of a sovereign state without its consent.
The demand for an international ban of war as a means of conflict resolution has already gained widespread global vocal support. Civil societies around the world express demands for progress and transformation through peace. Results of international polls are documenting popular approval.
Many in the Western business community, dislike aggressive foreign policies and prefer business under peaceful conditions. This is reflected in numerous statements by business organisations worldwide and even in statements by some large corporations.
The following statement was heavily criticised in the Japanese media: the former Japanese Prime Minister Hatoyama, declared just last week on a visit to the Crimea, that he is in favour of lifting the anti-Russian sanctions and that Japan could supply Crimea with technology for its infrastructure. He said, Japanese companies might take part in the construction of a bridge to the mainland and in the restoration of Crimea’s industrial potential.
Many politicians around the world like Hatoyama, the former Japanese Prime Minister, who are supporting the idea of transformation through peace, actually originate from countries whose governments support foreign policy spearheaded by the G7.
Western mainstream media will not tell us much about these voices.
Instead, some countries or their leaders are portrayed as evil and dangerous. Gaddafi, Assad, Putin and Maduro are commonly cited. The Western mainstream media supports coloured revolutions steered by western NGOs, violent takeovers, sanctions and economic warfare. They even support the policy of arming and training extremists in Syria or neo-nazis in the Ukraine. People defending their own land from terrorists are ironically themselves held responsible for the bloody aftermath.
But the world needs news like – here just to name a few:
Johan Galtung, a supporter of World Beyond War, the founder of Peace and Conflict Studies in Norway, just last week was invited to adress the International Peace Conference in Malaysia organised by Mahathir Mohamad, the Former Prime Minister of Malaysia, who envisages “a serious, active and sustained struggle against war and for peace”. For years now, world-prominent professionals, intellectuals, authors and statesmen are invited to Malysia for an annual conference. They have all signed the Kuala Lumpur Initiative to Criminalise War.
In New York, a national conference to connect all issues is scheduled to take place in May: “Stop the Wars at Home & Abroad!  with Medea Benjamin, Glenn Ford, Sara Flounders, Bruce Gagnon, Chris Hedges, Ray McGovern, Cynthia McKinney, Lynn Stewart, David Swanson, Clarence Thomas, Ann Wright, Kevin Zeese & many more. 
Last September, a renowned German weekly newspaper published the letter “Another War in Europe? Not in our name!”. Prominent figures in politics, business, culture and media, former presidents, former representatives, former governors, attorneys general, cabinet members, ambassadors and CEOs supported it.
Again, our western mainstream media will not tell us much about these developments and there are many more examples.
We need to promote international TV Media Networks and other media that do
support policies of deescalation and do report on important peace initiatives and alliances. We can find news and analysis from a global perspective in english channels like Democracy Now and RealNews from the U.S, on the latinamerican teleSUR Network, on iranian Press TV, on Russia Today, and the Russia Insider, a recently-started platform created by US-citizens in Moscow. The number of good newsites and websites is constantly growing.
Already we see Amy Goodman, David Swanson, Cynthia McKinney, Edward Snowden, Ron Paul, Dennis Kucinich, Jesse Ventura, Mike Gravel, Alan Grayson, Julian Assange, Ray McGovern, whistleblowers and activists speaking out on these platforms.
This pro-peace, anti-war media needs more amplification. We need media that shows the world from different angles.
Progressive peace-promoting initiatives and alliances like ALBA, UNASUR, CELAC, BRICS, the Shanghai Cooporation, and The NonAligned Movement are supported by non-interventionist countries, and they too are in need of more amplification.
Individuals and organizations from 105 countries have so far signed the pledge of World Beyond War. This peace initiative is developing into a hub for the peace-movement to foment and consolidate existing peace initiatives world-wide.

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World Beyond War – Declaration of Peace (for individuals and organisations to sign)
„We understand that wars and militarism make us less safe rather than protect us, that they kill, injure and traumatize adults, children and infants, severely damage the natural environment, erode civil liberties, and drain our economies, siphoning resources from life-affirming activities. We commit to engage in and support nonviolent efforts to end all war and preparations for war and to create a sustainable and just peace.“

BRICS is the acronym for an association of five major emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – representing almost 3 billion people, or approximately 40% of the world population. On the 2014 Crimean crisis BRICS stated: „The escalation of hostile language, sanctions and counter-sanctions, and force does not contribute to a sustainable and peaceful solution, according to international law, including the principles and purposes of the United Nations Charter.“
UNASUR The Union of South American Nations – They criticize the U.S., for threatening to interference against sovereignty and the principle of non-intervention in other States‘ affairs. Member States ratify their commitment with the application of International Law, Peaceful Resolution of Disputes and the principle of Non-Intervention, and calls upon governments to withhold the use of coercive unilateral measures that violate international law.
CELAC The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States consists of 33 sovereign countries representing roughly 600 million people.  President Evo Morales of Bolivia said, „A union of Latin American countries is the weapon against imperialism. It is necessary to create a regional body that excludes the United States and Canada. …Where there are U.S. military bases that do not respect democracy, where there is a political empire with his blackmailers, with its constraints, there is no development for that country, and especially there is no social peace.“
ALBA, formally the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America –  a powerful group which promotes social policies and advocates for peace and non-intervention, while emphasizing that roles of the historic leader of the Cuban revolution Fidel Castro and deceased President Hugo Chávez, who initiated the regional alliance.
The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) is a group of states which are not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc. The movement has 120 members. The purpose of the organization is to ensure „the national independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of non-aligned countries“ in their „struggle against imperialism, colonialism, neo-colonialism, racism, and all forms of foreign aggression, occupation, domination, interference or hegemony as well as against great power and bloc politics“ The countries of the Non-Aligned Movement represent nearly two-thirds of the United Nations’s members and contain 55% of the world population.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation  China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. At a 2005 summit in Kazakhstan the SCO issued a Declaration addressing their „concerns“ and containing an elaboration of the organisation’s principles. It included: „The heads of the member states point out that, against the backdrop of a contradictory process of globalisation, multilateral cooperation, which is based on the principles of equal right and mutual respect, non-intervention in internal affairs of sovereign states, non-confrontational way of thinking and consecutive movement towards democratisation of international relations, contributes to overall peace and security, and call upon the international community, irrespective of its differences in ideology and social structure, to form a new concept of security based on mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality and interaction.
German letter “Another War in Europe? Not in our name!”
co-signed by former presidents, former representatives from both sides of the aisle, House speakers, former governors, attorneys general, cabinet members,  ambassadors, CEOs, movie stars and directors, writers, astronauts, religious leaders, mayors, academics, mainstream media correspondents, and more — all united in stating “Nobody wants war.”