This video from the USA says about itself:
Jeremy Scahill on the Military Industrial Complex, Donald Trump, Ramstein & Anti-War Movements
1 February 2017
In this interview with bestselling author, investigative reporter and co-founder of The Intercept, Jeremy Scahill, we talk about the political economy of the United States foreign policy apparatus and its influence abroad in countries such as Germany and Saudi Arabia. In addition, we explore the role that Germany plays in the war on terror and the history of anti-war movements.
– What was President Eisenhower referring to when he talked about the “Military Industrial Complex” in his farewell speech on the 17th of January, 1961? What scale and scope does this complex posses today?
– Are President Trump’s foreign policy cabinet picks related to the Military Industrial Complex? How will they shape relations with the international community?
– How does Germany support the “War on Terror”?
– What is the significance of the US-Air base in Ramstein and are its activities compatible with domestic as well international law?
– What can Anti-War movements learn from the past that can be applied today to influence policy?
All of this and more is addressed in this video.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
US President Trump will visit late in May a NATO summit in Brussels. Trump will then also open the new NATO headquarters. In a telephone conversation with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg both of them said to look forward to the meeting.
Trump assured Stoltenberg that the United States remains firmly supportive of NATO.
Though Trump did say that other NATO countries should increase military spending. Unfortunately, quite some politicians in these NATO countries agree.
From the No to NATO site:
Press release of the International Coordinating Committee of the international network No to war – no to NATO
Protest against NATO at its next summit in Brussels on 24/25 May 2017
The duty of the peace movement is to formulate fundamental, peaceful alternatives to the militarists and proponents of war who come either from backgrounds of neoliberal globalization or national populism.
As I have explained, I disagree with calling extreme right politicians like Trump, Steve Bannon, Marine Le Pen in France or Geert Wilders in the Netherlands ‘populists’.
In each case, war is the continuation of politics, and militarism is an essential element of their politics, with NATO as a primary instrument.
Our alternative is: No to War and overcoming NATO
The importance of the next NATO summit in Brussels on May 24/25 doesn’t derive primarily from new political US-European constellations, but from the following realities:
The summit will evaluate the decisions of the NATO summit in Warsaw. Fundamental there was the aggressive extension of NATO to the East with the deployment of military troops and equipment to Poland and the Baltic States along the Russian border. The historically unprecedented movement of troops and material via Bremerhaven is merely a first step in violating the NATO-Russia Founding Act of 1997 and especially the 1990 Charter of Paris. The continuation of this confrontation will be on the agenda in Brussels.
The modernization of nuclear weapons arsenals – also in Europe – is on the agenda. Thus far, the statements of the new US-administration on nuclear weapons are in line with Obama’s modernization commitments, along with presidential statements that potentially increase the dangers of the uncontrolled use of these apocalyptic weapons. Furthermore, the new president of the USA seems to embrace a politics of proliferation, which clearly violates international law.
A new round of burden sharing of NATO’s military expenses is on the Brussels agenda. The 2%-goal of Wales and Warsaw will be evaluated and possibly increased. This increase augments that of the USA, which is massively increasing its military spending, including preparing for possible war against China.
This new division of labor demands a new role for the EU. The EU will steadily become a military superpower with military operations and interventions of its own in the periphery of Europe and Africa. Brexit opened the doors for EU militarization. The EU summit that followed made significant decisions for a program of common defense research, battle groups, honed coordination and communication, mandated further deployments (Mali) and increased the militarization of member states. These decisions have been combined with propaganda against the “aggressive Russians”.
Development of global NATO by new cooperation in Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore) as well as increasing already existing cooperation with Japan, South Korea as well as Colombia. NATO’s engagement in Asia with its high conflict potential is surely not enhancing peace in this area.
The signs point to confrontation, continuous interventions, and unrestrained arms races.
The coordinating committee of the international network No to War – No to NATO affirms its primary commitments:
Peace is possible only through cooperation, global disarmament, and the abolition of all nuclear weapons. NATO, the global military and interventionist alliance, must be overcome. How this will be achieved depends on national and international conditions. Among possibilities is the dissolution of NATO, its transformation into a cooperative European civil security structure reinforced by drastic disarmament, or the resigning of individual countries from NATO.
We will continue to act for the end of NATO and to increase our efforts for the NATO summit in Brussels.
The international network No to War – No to NATO conducted actions at all summits since 2009 and will participate actively in the international protests in Brussels.
We support and actively organize the international actions which were agreed upon in a preparatory meeting in Brussels in December 2016:
International Counter Summit
Civil Disobedience Actions
Assessment of the possibility and desirability of organizing a camp
I hope many demonstrators will join this initiative. Opponents not just of the militarism of Trump and his ilk, but also of their sexism, their xenophobia, their making the rich richer and the poor poorer and other objectionable policies.
THE PENTAGON REPORTEDLY FAILED TO DISCLOSE UP TO THOUSANDS OF AIRSTRIKES According to the Military Times, thousands of airstrikes by U.S. Army helicopters and drones in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan have gone uncounted since 2001. [Reuters]
According to the NOS report, Trump will also go to Italy: 26-27 May 2017 G7 summit on Sicily. I hope there will be many protesters there as well.