Below please find news articles and information about the Counter-Summit.
America’s Cold War security policy shielded war-torn allies until they could recover and gain the economic means and political stability to defend themselves. That policy was a great success. Now Washington should celebrate by turning NATO over the Europeans.
Informationsstelle Militarisierung (IMI) – July, 2012 Dr. Joseph Gerson* Opponents of the Afghan War, NATO and military spending from twenty-four states and a dozen nations were mobilized by the Network for a NATO-Free Future and converged on Chicago on the eve of the NATO Summit this past May. Much to our surprise, our Counter-Summit conference, […]
Speech available on Independent Catholic News. Bruce Kent, vice chair of Pax Christi, gave the following speech to peace campaigners at Faslane nuclear submarine base in Scotland on April 2, 2012. Dear Friends I can’t say that I’m glad to be here—there are many other places in Scotland that I would like to see. But […]
Original article printed in Excélsior Luis Gutiérrez Esparza 5/23/2012 El único acuerdo en la Cumbre de la OTAN fue que no están de acuerdo en cuanto a la salida de las tropas de Afganistán CHICAGO.— La Cumbre de la OTAN terminó en esta ciudad con una aparente manifestación de solidaridad en torno al presidente Barack Obama y […]
A selection of photos from the Counter-Summit for Peace & Economic Justice held in Chicago May 18-19. Photos courtesy Roxane Assaf, Chicago Area Peace Action.
A coalition of 39 national peace and social justice groups have organized a summit where they hope to envision “an alternative future without NATO.” The Counter-Summit for Peace and Economic Justice takes place Friday and Saturday at the People’s Church on Lawrence Ave. German activist Reiner Braun, a noted speaker and representative of Germany’s peace movement since 1982, is in town to speak at the counter-summit.
If Obama campaigns on ending the Iraq War and “winding down” Afghanistan, it will only accelerate the march to the exits. No one wants to be the last American soldier to die, or the last Western country to suffer casualties, in an unwinnable, unaffordable war that Americans do not much care about.
“NATO has bet it future” on Afghanistan. Tom Hayden says its a bad bet. Tom Hayden has a 50 year career as a peace and justice activist, politician, and author. He has been a leading voice for ending the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan. He will be speaking on the Friday May 18 evening plenary at the Counter-Summit for Peace & Economic Justice in Chicago.
While politicians, insiders, and experts may be divided over how much the government should spend on the nation’s defense, there’s a surprising consensus among the public about what should be done: They want to cut spending far more deeply than either the Obama Administration or the Republicans.