Archive for September 5th, 2017

5. September 2017

Washington, DC Conference to Bring Together Environmental and Peace Movements – Sept. 23-25 – LIVE STREAM EVENT IN BERLIN

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http://worldbeyondwar.org/nowar2017

Media, including live or recorded video, welcome.

Speakers will include: Medea Benjamin, Nadine Bloch, Max Blumenthal, Natalia Cardona, Suzanne Cole, Alice Day, Lincoln Day, Tim DeChristopher, Dale Dewar, Pat Elder, Bruce Gagnon, Philip Giraldi, Will Griffin, Seymour Hersh, Tony Jenkins, Larry Johnson, Kathy Kelly, Jonathan King, Lindsay Koshgarian, Peter Kuznick, James Marc Leas, Annie Machon, Ray McGovern, Rev Lukata Mjumbe, Elizabeth Murray, Anthony Rogers-Wright, Alice Slater, Gar Smith, Susi Snyder, Mike Stagg, Jill Stein, David Swanson, Robin Taubenfeld, Eric Teller, Brian Terrell, Brian Trautman, Richard Tucker, Donnal Walter, Larry Wilkerson, Diane Wilson, Emily Wurth, Kevin Zeese. Read speakers’ bios

WHEREAmerican University Katzen Art Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016; All events in the Recital Hall. Workshops on Sunday in the Recital Hall, and in Rooms 112, 115, 123, and 128. How to get there.

WHEN: Friday, Sept 22: 7-10 p.m.; Saturday, Sept 23: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday, Sept 24: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

„Not only is the U.S. military the biggest consumer of fossil fuels in the world,“ commented World Beyond War chair Leah Bolger, “ it is also the biggest polluter and contributor to climate change. If we are truly serious about saving our environment, then these correlations can not be ignored.“

AGENDA:

Sept 22

7-8 p.m. Conference Opening Plenary: David Swanson, Jill Stein, Tim DeChristopher, plus music by Bryan Cahall.

8-10 p.m. Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence will present its annual award, this year to Seymour Hersh. Past recipients have included Coleen Rowley, Katharine Gun, Sibel Edmonds, Craig Murray, Sam Provance, Frank Grevil, Larry Wilkerson, Julian Assange, Thomas Drake, Jesselyn Radack, Thomas Fingar, Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, William Binney, and John Kiriakou. Presenting this year will be Elizabeth Murray, Annie Machon, Larry Johnson, Larry Wilkerson, and Philip Giraldi.

Sept 23

9-10:15 a.m. Understanding the intersection of pro-environment and anti-war activism, with Richard Tucker, Gar Smith, and Dale Dewar.

10:30-11:45 a.m. Preventing domestic environmental damage of militarism, with Mike Stagg, Pat Elder, James Marc Leas.

12:45 p.m. – 1 p.m. welcome back music by The Irthlingz Duo: Sharon Abreu and Michael Hurwicz.

1-2:15 p.m. Combining movements globally, with Robin Taubenfeld, Rev Lukata Mjumbe, Emily Wurth.

2:30-3:45 p.m. Financial tradeoffs, budgets, and conversion, with Lindsay Koshgarian, Natalia Cardona, and Bruce Gagnon.

4-5:15 p.m. Divestment from fossil fuels and weapons with Jonathan King, Susi Snyder, and Suzanne Cole.

6:45-7:30 Music by Emma’s Revolution.

7:30-9:00 Screening of episode 7 of Untold History of the United States, followed by discussion with Peter Kuznick, Ray McGovern, and David Swanson.

Sept 24

9-10:15 a.m. Creative activism for the earth and peace, with Nadine Bloch, Bill Moyer, Brian Trautman.

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Breakout workshop strategic planning sessions in Recital Hall, and in Rooms 112, 115, 123, and 128, and possibly outdoors.

Workshop 1: How the Internet Changes Activism with Donnal Walter.

Workshop 2: Creative activism with Nadine Bloch and Bill Moyer.

Workshop 3: Educational Approaches to Foster Political Engagement for Peace and Planet, with Tony Jenkins.

Workshop 4: Don’t Bank on the Bomb: Divestment Campaign from Corporations Involved in the Manufacture and Maintenance of Nuclear Weapons, with Jonathan King, Alice Slater, Susi Snyder, Suzanne Cole, and Eric Teller.

Workshop 5: Closing Military Bases with Medea Benjamin, Will Griffin.

1-2 p.m. Reporting back and discussion in Recital Hall

2:15-3:30 p.m. Halting the environmental damage of distant U.S. wars, with Kathy Kelly, Brian Terrell, Max Blumenthal.

3:45-5:00 p.m. Building a Joint Peacenvironmentalist / Envirantiwar Movement, with Kevin Zeese, Anthony Rogers-Wright, Diane Wilson.

6:30-7:15 Music by The Irthlingz Duo: Sharon Abreu and Michael Hurwicz.

7:15-9:00 p.m. Film screening and discussion: Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives: The Environmental Footprint of War, with Alice Day and Lincoln Day.

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Sponsors include Code Pink, Veterans For Peace, RootsAction.org, End War Forever, Irthlingz, Just World Books, Center for Citizen Initiatives, Arkansas Peace Week, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Environmentalists Against War, Women Against Military Madness, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom – Portland.

Related event: A flotilla for peace and the environment at the Pentagon Lagoon on September 17.

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5. September 2017

Statement from Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on Current U.S.-North Korea Relations – August 10, 2017

https://www.cartercenter.org/news/pr/north-korea-081017.html

The harsh rhetoric from Washington and Pyongyang during recent months has exacerbated an already confrontational relationship between our countries, and has probably eliminated any chance of good faith peace talks between the United States and North Korea. In addition to restraining the warlike rhetoric, our leaders need to encourage talks between North Korea and other countries, especially China and Russia. The recent UN Security Council unanimous vote for new sanctions suggests that these countries could help.
In all cases, a nuclear exchange must be avoided. All parties must assure North Koreans they we will forego any military action against them if North Korea remains peaceful.

I have visited North Korea three times, and have spent more than 20 hours in discussions with their political leaders regarding important issues that affect U.S.-DPRK relations.

In June 1994, I met with Kim Il Sung in a time of crisis, when he agreed to put all their nuclear programs under strict supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency and to seek mutual agreement with the United States on a permanent peace treaty, to have summit talks with the president of South Korea, to expedite the recovery of the remains of American service personnel buried in his country, and to take other steps to ease tension on the peninsula. Kim Il Sung died shortly after my visit, and his successor, Kim Jong Il, notified me and leaders in Washington that he would honor the promises made by his father. These obligations were later confirmed officially in negotiations in Geneva by Robert Gallucci and other representatives of the Clinton administration.

I returned to Pyongyang in August 2010, at the invitation of North Korean leaders, to bring home Aijalon Gomes, an American who had been detained there. My last visit to North Korea was in May 2011 when I led a delegation of Elders (former presidents of Ireland and Finland and former prime minister of Norway) to assure the delivery of donated food directly to needy people.

During all these visits, the North Koreans emphasized that they wanted peaceful relations with the United States and their neighbors, but were convinced that we planned a preemptive military strike against their country. They wanted a peace treaty (especially with America) to replace the ceasefire agreement that had existed since the end of the Korean War in 1953, and to end the economic sanctions that had been very damaging to them during that long interim period. They have made it clear to me and others that their first priority is to assure that their military capability is capable of destroying a large part of Seoul and of responding strongly in other ways to any American attack. The influence of China in Pyongyang seems to be greatly reduced since Kim Jong Un became the North Korean leader in December 2011.

A commitment to peace by the United States and North Korea is crucial. When this confrontational crisis is ended, the United States should be prepared to consummate a permanent treaty to replace the ceasefire of 1953. The United States should make this clear, to North Koreans and to our allies.

5. September 2017

Syria Allies Command: Delay in Deir Ezzor Liberation Due to US-Led Coalition Conspiring

http://english.almanar.com.lb/341911

The Joint Command of Syria Allies issued a statement on Monday commenting on latest developments taking place on the Syrian battlefield, especially breaking the siege on Deir Ezzor.

The Joint Command Center- made up of Syria allies: Russia, Iran and Lebanese resistance forces- lashed out at the US-led coalition operating in Syria and Iraq, stressing that the delay in Deir Ezzor liberation was due to the international alliance’s conspiring against Syria.

“The deliberate strikes carried out by the coalition against the Syrian army, hindered the advance of the Syrian army and led to the expansion of ISIL Takfiri group and its control of Deir Ezzor.”

“Syrian people should know that the delay of victories (in Deir Ezzor) was because of US-led coalition direct and indirect support of Takfiri groups,” the statement added.

The command added meanwhile that colluding between the US-led coalition and the terrorist groups is proven with conclusive documents, noting that dozens of ISIL commanders and militants have been transferred throughout the past three months in a suspicious plot by the US-led coalition.

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