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Video: Afghanistan & Iraq Vets Speaking and Throwing Their War Medals
May 20, 2012
Over forty Afghanistan and Iraq Veterans threw back their war medals in during a march in Chicago co-led with Afghans for Peace.

Videos: ‘Close NATO Military Bases,’ Workshop
Subtitled ‘NATO Missiles, Nuclear Weapons & Military Bases – Obstacles to Peace & Disarmament.’
Presented Friday, May 18 at the Counter-Summit by the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom.
Bruce Gagnon (Coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space) discusses why the current NATO missile defense system will negate any hope of nuclear disarmament and could lead to a new cold war.  Irene Eckert then explores the European struggles against NATO outposts of militarism, speaking from first hand experience about the scope and organizing of these struggles. Finally, Jackie Cabasso (Executive Director of Western States Legal Foundation) addresses overcoming obstacles to organizing against nuclear weapons, missiles and militarism in the United States.  The obstacles are single issue approaches, lack of  education within and among social movements and the role of funders and “false allies” in maintaining the status quo. Discussion, Questions and Comments followed.

Counter-Summit Media Report
The public and media attention given our messages during and after the NATO summit was a truly collaborative effort between the [AFSC] central office, the regional office and our coalition partner Peace Action.  Articles, press releases, and other media work available here.

Statement Network for a NATO-Free Future Counter-Summit for Peace & Economic Justice
Adopted May 19, 2012 at the Counter-Summit in Chicago

The G-8 and NATO Summits
Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications
Washington, DC
May 23, 2012

Remarks by the President at NATO Press Conference
May 21, 2012
South Building, Chicago, IL

Briefing by General John Allen, General Doug Lute, and Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes
May 20, 2012
McCormick Place, Chicago, IL

Press Briefing by U.S. Ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder and Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes
May 20, 2012
McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
(Emphasis added)
U.S. Ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder: “NATO will now have an operationally meaningful ballistic missile defense mission.  It will be limited in the initial phase, but it will expand over timeWe designated the Supreme Allied Commander of Europe, Admiral Jim Stavridis, as the commander for the ballistic defense mission.  We have tested and validated the command and control capability by all 28 allies.  We have agreements with four countries — Spain, Turkey, Romania, Poland — to host U.S. missile defense assets.  Allies themselves have committed to invest over $1 billion in command and control and communications infrastructure needed to support the NATO ballistic missile defense system.  And the President has directed the transfer of the operational control of the radar in Turkey to NATO. 
U.S. missile defense ships are already in the Mediterranean and they are able to operate under NATO command — under NATO operational control when necessary in a crisis. 
As I said, this is the beginning of the deployment of ballistic missile defenses.  The initial operating — operational capability should be achieved by 2015; and by 2018, we will have a fully operational capability for NATO ballistic missile defense.  This decision, which we had agreed would need to be taken in Lisbon, now means that NATO has, for the first time, a theatre — a territorial missile defense capability.
There were other critical capability decisions that we made. Just a few minutes ago, NATO signed a contract to acquire the Alliance Ground Surveillance system.  These are five Global Hawk drones that provide the kind of surveillance capability that we saw in the Libya operation was so vital to the effective operation of our military.  Then, we relied on the United States to provide it; in the future, NATO will have the capacity to deploy these drones…
The President noted the importance of having allies providing aircraft to police the Baltic states so that the Balts can invest their resources in other — into other operations, including their very important commitment to Afghanistan…
NATO will remain a nuclear alliance for as long as nuclear weapons exist, and as long as we have nuclear weapons that those weapons will be safe, secure and effective...
NATO will look at ways to reduce— further reduce its reliance on nuclear weapons.  And we recognized the value of national negative security assurances — assurances that the United States and other nuclear powers have made that we will not threaten — use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against other state — non-nuclear weapon states who are in full compliance with their NPT, nuclear non-proliferation obligations.  And we agreed that we would pursue further reductions on a reciprocal basis of nuclear weapons in Europe…

 Remarks by President Obama and President Karzai of Afghanistan After Bilateral Meeting
May 20, 2012
McCormick Place, Chicago, IL

‘Arab Spring, Libyan Winter’ Has Timely Lessons for NATO Summit
by Susan Webb
A review of Counter-Summit plenary speaker Vijay Prashad’s most recent book, published in People’s World.

You Can’t Take What’s All of Ours! – Breaking Down NATO/G8 and Rising Up Against Austerity and Militarism is new downloadable popular education tool on NATO and the G8 created by two member groups of the Network for a NATO Free Future: War Resisters League and Grassroots Global Justice Alliance.
This is a downloadable curriculum that can be used for a participatory workshop that explores:

  • The story of NATO and G8: who makes them up, what they do, and how they have grown over time
  • How NATO and G8 have worked together to profit from and control most areas of the world, especially the Global South
  • How the countries that control NATO/G8 have imposed an economic and/or military agenda on the people of Afghanistan, Libya, Greece, Iraq and other countries throughout the world, including the U.S.
  • How specific banks central to NATO/G8 countries’ economic policies profit from militarism
  • How struggles against economic austerity, war and militarism are connected across the globe

NATO vs. Rogues?
by John Feffer
Article from Foreign Policy in Focus.
NATO is repositioning itself as a combination party planner and life coach for the military-industrial complex. It will no longer identify a larger civilizational goal for the alliance. It will simply connect members and help them work together. But all this emphasis on connecting and togetherness will not keep NATO in business. NATO is designed to wage war, not make nice, and threat is the oxygen that keeps the alliance breathing.

Medea Benjamin on Drone Wars and This Weekend’s Upcoming Drone Summit
Available on Talk Nation Radio, hosted by David Swanson
Medea Benjamin is cofounder of Global Exchange and of CodePink: Women for Peace.  She is the author of the new book “Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control” and an organizer of the Drone Summit being planned in Washington, D.C., on April 28-29 by groups including Code Pink, Reprieve, and the Center for Constitutional Rights.  Medea discusses her books, the summit, and what can be done and is being done to oppose drone wars.  Total run time: 29:00.

‘We Will Make Our Voices Heard’: Chicago War Resister Speaks Out Against NATO
by Sarah Lazare and David Van Dam
An article highlighting David Van Dam, former member of the US Navy, and who is now a war resister, Iraq Veterans Against the War member, and anti-NATO organizer.  Iraq and Afghanistan veterans from across the country will march in protest against the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit meeting in Chicago on Sunday, May 20th and attempt to return their Global War on Terror military medals to NATO’s generals to protest the ongoing in war in Afghanistan. 

Peace Activists in Failed Bid to Swarm NATO HQ
Hundreds of peace activists on Sunday tried in vain to break into the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in Brussels, with 483 of them arrested by police.The demonstration, organised by the Belgian association Action for Peace two months before a NATO summit in Chicago, was called to protest the alliance’s intervention in Afghanistan and Libya, and nuclear arming.

American Friends Service Committee NATO/G8 Resources
Use these PowerPoint resources to help you educate your community in advance of the NATO and G8 meetings in the United States this May.

Ending the Afghanistan-Pakistan War, Preventing One with Iran
by Tom Hayden
March 8 article arguing for a unilateral peace initiative in Afghanistan by the US, NATO, and the United Nations, which would include a cease-fire, an inclusive power-sharing agreement, and a diplomatic initiative asking the real regional powers -including Iran – to step into the crisis as the US and NATO withdraw. 

Withdrawal Issues: What NATO Countries Say About the Future of Tactical Nuclear Weapons in Europe
by Susi Snyder and Wilbert van der Zeijden
2011 report from IKV Pax Christi’s NoNukes campaign

NATO’S True Role in US Grand Strategy
by Diana Johnstone
November 2010 article in CounterPunch.

NATO – 60 Years Is Enough
PowerPoint Presentation Prepared for the 2010 Lisbon Summit.

Kosovo Peace Accord 
by Noam Chomsky
Chomsky debunks many of the myths used to mobilize support for NATO’s first war of choice; July 1999 in Z Magazine.

The Grim Implications of Obama’s New Defense Plan
by Joseph Gerson
January 2012 article in CounterPunch.

Libya Conflict Highlights NATO’s Imperialist Mission
by Joseph Gerson
March 2011 article originally from Truthout.

Europe and America, Aligned for the Future
by Pres. Barack Obama
President Obama’s effort to present a palatable vision of U.S.-European relations on the eve of the 2010 NATO Summit in Lisbon; November 2010 New York Times opinion article.

NATO’s War Plans for the High North: Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea
by Rick Rozoff
In its continuing campaign to encircle Russia and the increased competition for Arctic resources (especially oil and gas) NATO is adding military bases and installations in the High North and increasing the tempo of military exercises, including in ostensibly neutral Sweden; June 2009 from the Centre for Research on Globalisation.

Time to Disband NATO: A Rogue Alliance
by Alice Slater
Published September 2011 by Common Dreams.

Libya After Qaddafi
by the Nation Editorial Board
October 2011 editorial in The Nation, includes critique of NATO’s violation of U.N. Security Council resolution.

NATO Secretary General believes missile defense “protected against cuts”
by Jorge Benitez
November 2011 article from The Atlantic Council provides Move the Money related background on NATO and missile defenses.

We Can Shape the Agenda in 2012 
by Tom Hayden
July 2011 posting which highlights Rep. Barbara Lee’s support for a campaign for full withdrawal from Afghanistan, including cutting funding for the war in the context of the NATO & G-8 summits.

NATO After Libya: The Atlantic Alliance in Austere Times
by Anders Fogh Rasmussen
NATO’s General Secretary on NATO’s future after the Libyan War.

No to War/No to NATO
Appeal to protest against NATO’s aggressive military and nuclear policies, and assert signatures’ vision of a just world free of war
Stuttgart, Germany, October 5, 2008.

NATO’s Official Home Page

This is a daily blog reporting and providing links to articles related to NATO.


The G-8 and NATO Summits
Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications
Washington, DC
May 23, 2012

Remarks by the President at NATO Press Conference
May 21, 2012
South Building, Chicago, IL

The G8 Globalisation Addicts
By Ann Pettifor
Pettifor explores the notion that G8 leaders continue to defend a system that brought about the first fully synchronised global economic failure in this March 2009 article from The Guardian.

How Many Economies Ought To Be in the G-8 and the G-20?
By Raymond Tham
June 2011 article from Economy Watch examining the fact that despite countless calls from external parties to change the G-8, the organisation  is resistant to change as it may hurt the interests of individuals within the system.

G8 Summits: Empty Promises Each Year
By Anup Shah
Annual G8 summits often involve discussions on how to deal with the world’s (or their) most pressing concerns. As such it also attracts a lot of protesters, campaigners, and increasingly mainstream media. This page gives a brief overview of some of the recent meetings.

G8 Deauville Declaration
From the website of InterAction: A United Voice for Global Change
G8 Deauville Declaration outlines commitments made by world leaders on May 6-27, 2011.

Declaration of G8 on Arab Spring
From the website of InterAction: A United Voice for Global Change
Statement from May 2011 summit declaring the G8’s support of the aspirations of the “Arab Spring” as well as those of the Iranian People.

G8/Africa Declaration
From the website of InterAction: A United Voice for Global Change
The G8 and Algeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Senegal, and South Africa, and the African Union Commission, highlight the importance of an enhanced partnership between the G8 and Africa.

Deauville Accountability Report
G8 Commitments on Health and Food Security: State of Delivery and Results.

Backgrounder on the G-8
By Stephanie Lee and Alexandra Silver
By Council on Foreign Relations, last updated March 2009.

Profile of the G8
By BBC News
June 2010 overview.

Criticisms of the G8
By MapleLeafWeb
April 2005 page outlining common criticisms of the structure and focus of the G8.

Why the G8 Should Open Its Books
By Karin Christiansen and Craig Fagan
May 2011 blog post on The Guardian highlighting the importance of aid transparency in increasing the efficiency and reducing the waste and corruption of aid spending.


Military Spending and Jobs in Massachusetts
University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Political Economy Research Institute (May 2012)
Abstract: The authors look at the level of job losses that would be sustained if substantial cuts were made in federal spending on defense contracting in Massachusetts. They compares those impacts with potential cuts at a similar scale to education, healthcare, construction or clean-energy spending, finding that, for the same level of federal spending cuts, jobs losses are 15-20% less in non-military sectors. That is because federal funds invested in education, healthcare, construction and clean energy are far more effective job creators than military spending. Massachusetts loses in two ways when federal dollars are allocated to the military beyond the actual security needs of the nation: it loses funds that may be used for education, healthcare, investment in infrastructure and environment and it loses the larger number of potential jobs that would be created from these alternate uses of federal dollars. 

Global Priorities Homepage
Global Priorities is an international inter-religious campaign that works to combat poverty by mobilizing religious as well as secular communities to alter national and global budget priorities.

Global Priorities Statement of Principles
Revised February 2002.

The Global Security Priorities Act, House Resolution 278
From the Global Priorities website
Information on the resolution introduced to Congress in 2009 by Massachusetts Rep. James P. McGovern that addresses the need to reduce the number of and accessibility to nuclear weapons and prevent their proliferation, and direct a portion of the resulting savings towards child survival, hunger, and universal education.

The National Priorities Project Mission and Vision

A People’s Guide to the Federal Budget
By the National Priorities Project
Published October 2011.

The President’s Budget: Federal Spending Overview
By the National Priorities Project
Includes a bar chart showing the spending data for fiscal years 2008, 2010, and 2012.

Discretionary Budget: FY2011
By the National Priorities Project
A chart showing the breakdown of the proposed federal discretionary budget for fiscal year 2011 by function area.

Quick Facts: The Worldwide Network of U.S. Military Bases
By the National Priorities Project 
March 2011 research on the extensive network of U.S. and NATO military bases around the world.

End of the Year Military Spending Wrap-Up
By the National Priorities Project
Published in August, 2011.

Military Recruitment 2010
By the National Priorities Project
Extensive information and statistics compiled by the National Priorities Project.

Resources on Funding Jobs and Services, Ending Wars, and Cutting the Pentagon Budget
By the New Priorities Network

5 Myths about the Deficit/Budget Deal
By Peace Action
A detailed look at some of the myths and facts related to the current debate about reducing the deficit, with particular focus on military spending and national security.

The Military Budget
UMASS Amherst Report 2007
Information from the The Fund Our Communities, Reduce Military Spending 25% campaign. 

Panetta to Offer Strategy for Cutting Military Budget
By Elisabeth Bumiller and Thom Shanker
January 2012 New York Times article on the Pentagon’s Vision of Reduced Military.