Archive for Juli 3rd, 2016

3. Juli 2016

Boliviens Präsident Evo Morales: Schwere Vorwürfe gegen US-Drogenbehörde

 

 

3. Juli 2016

JOIN HANDS ON JULY 9 TO PROTEST AGAINST NATO SUMMIT IN WARSAW, POLAND!

STOP NATO’S AGGRESSIVE EXPANSION TOWARD RUSSIA!

An Urgent Appeal for a Joint Action
By the Peace and Antiwar Movement in the NY Metro Area

The drive by a nuclear-armed NATO to the borders of Russia — a nuclear-armed state — poses at the very least the risk of accidental nuclear war, and at worst the possibility of military confrontation between two nuclear powers.

On July 8-9 in Warsaw, Poland a NATO Summit will be held. Many fear it goes beyond saber-rattling to active war preparation. Its agenda is alarming. For example, the US wishes to incorporate Ukraine and Georgia into NATO. Next year, the Pentagon plans to quadruple military spending in Europe to $3.4 billion and begin rotating an armored brigade through Eastern Europe—in addition to extra NATO forces to be deployed to Poland and the Baltics. The US, the main force behind NATO, is also already in a deadly proxy war in eastern Ukraine.

NATO has already launched the largest war games in decades—involving 31,000 troops (14,000 from the US) and thousands of vehicles from 24 countries. The war games in Poland include air-ground assaults and electronic warfare scenarios. Airborne units, infantrymen, medics, military police and aviation units will operate jointly throughout the exercise, which culminates in a massive live-fire event led by the U.S. A naval exercise involving NATO forces has just begun in Finland.

A few weeks ago the United States activated the first of two missile-defense installations in Eastern Europe. The new missile defense site in Romania is a direct threat to regional security and inaugurates a new arms race. Earlier this year, it was disclosed that the U.S. was ramping up the deployment of heavy weapons and armored vehicles to NATO member countries in Central and Eastern Europe.

A separate missile defense base in Poland — a country with a new far-right government — is turning that country, according to one expert, into a U.S. bastion and potential launch platform against Russia in possible violation of existing agreements governing intermediate-range nuclear weapons. Meanwhile, there is the ongoing “SaberStrike” operation in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

Given the serious escalation of the danger of a disastrous confrontation between the United States and Russia, we must make our alarm at the upcoming NATO Summit known in a more public way.

To this end, we have organized a demonstration for Saturday July 9th to coincide with the NATO Summit in Warsaw Poland. Other actions are planned around the US and the world, particularly in Warsaw. We think it is important for the New York region to make its voice heard.

We consider the following general slogans to be a basis for unity:

• No to NATO; No to War!
• Yes to Peace; No to NATO!
•  Abolish NATO, Don’t Expand It!
• Money for Jobs, Not for NATO!
• No More War Games!
• End NATO Provocations Against Russia!
• NATO Provocations Threaten Nuclear War!
• No to A New Cold War!

The demonstration will be held at 2 PM on Saturday July 9th, at the Army Recruiting Center in Times Square, Manhattan.

It’s a dangerous moment. We ask you to be an endorsing organization and to commit to participating and mobilizing your members for this action. Please go to the link below and fill out the online Endorsement Form for the July 9th demonstration:

Link to the Endorsement Form

Let us make this demonstration as broad as possible.

Signed:

— Alfred Marder, President, US Peace Council
— National Executive Committee, Veterans for Peace
— Joe Lombardo, Co-coordinator, United National Antiwar Committee
— Sara Flounders, Co-coordinator, International Action Center, NY
— Bruce K. Gagnon, Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
— Margaret Kimberley, Editor and Senior Columnist, Black Agenda Report
— Bernadette Ellorin, Chairperson, BAYAN, USA
— Joe Jamison, Queens, NY Peace Council
— Susan Schnall, President, Veterans for Peace, NY Chapter #34
— Michael Kramer, President, Veterans for Peace, NJ Chapter # 21
— Bahman Azad, Chair, Iran Working Group, Veterans for Peace
— Alice Slater, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
— Greater New Haven Peace Council
— Manhattan Green Party

http://uspeacecouncil.org/?p=2965

3. Juli 2016

Kommunale Initiativen fordern Aufnahme von Flüchtlingen aus Griechenland (proasyl.de)

Mitte Juni hat der Osnabrücker Stadtrat einen Antrag beschlossen, der fünfzig Flüchtlinge aus Griechenland direkt nach Osnabrück bringen soll. Die Initiative »50 aus Idomeni« hatte vorher über 1.400 Unterschriften für das Vorhaben gesammelt.
Dr. Renate Vestner-Heiser von der Initiative »50 aus Idomeni« übergibt die gesammelten Unterschriften an den Osnabrücker Oberbürgermeister.

Das ist nur eine von vielen Initiativen, die kommunal das bewerkstelligen wollen, was die Politik auf Bundesebene nicht schafft: Die schnelle Aufnahme von Schutzbedürftigen aus Griechenland. Auch in Wuppertal, Mannheim, Essen oder im Wendland fordern Bürger*innen ihre Kommunen dazu auf, Flüchtlinge direkt aus anderen Ländern aufzunehmen.

Grund dafür ist auch: Die groß angekündigten europäischen Relocation-Programme funktionieren nicht. Weder aus der Türkei, noch aus Griechenland oder Italien werden Flüchtlinge in nennenswerter Zahl auf andere EU-Länder verteilt. Die allermeisten Schutzsuchenden sitzen dort weiter unter erbärmlichen Bedingungen fest.
https://www.proasyl.de

3. Juli 2016

»Etwa 5.000 Menschen aus Seenot gerettet« Einsatzleiter Rettungsschiff »Sea Watch 2«: Unerträgliche Zuständen vor der libyschen Küste. (junge Welt)

Wir alle wissen sehr wenig, was in Libyen passiert. Wir stellen allerdings fest, dass im Unterschied zu 2015 nicht mehr Einzelfahrzeuge die Küste verlassen, sondern gleich ganze Geschwader. Es werden an Land offenbar einige tausend Flüchtlinge zusammengeholt und auf 20 oder mehr Boote verteilt, die zugleich in See stechen. Vergangene Woche haben wir in unserem Umkreis einmal zwei Dutzend dieser Boote zugleich gezählt!

https://www.jungewelt.de/2016/07-02/005.php

3. Juli 2016

Bernie Sanders still “a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination.”

Sanders, in an article headlined “Democrats Have to Wake Up,” identified himself at the end of the article as “a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination.”

The message is clear: Sanders is still in the race for the Democratic nomination.

“We need a president who will vigorously support international cooperation that brings the people of the world closer together, reduces hypernationalism and decreases the possibility of war. We also need a president who respects the democratic rights of the people, and who will fight for an economy that protects the interests of working people, not just Wall Street, the drug companies and other powerful special interests.

“We need to fundamentally reject our “free trade” policies and move to fair trade. Americans should not have to compete against workers in low-wage countries who earn pennies an hour. We must defeat the Trans-Pacific Partnership. We must help poor countries develop sustainable economic models.

“We need to end the international scandal in which large corporations and the wealthy avoid paying trillions of dollars in taxes to their national governments.

“We need to create tens of millions of jobs worldwide by combating global climate change and by transforming the world’s energy system away from fossil fuels.

“We need international efforts to cut military spending around the globe and address the causes of war: poverty, hatred, hopelessness and ignorance.”

What is Bernie Up To?

by Dave Lindorff http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/06/30/what-is-bernie-up-to/

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