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What's New in INES, 28. June, 2012

CAMPAIGNS

Disarmament for Sustainable Development

International Appeal delivered to UN representatives
Rio outcome: Hope bursts like a bubble
Disarmament must be the number one priority
Rio youth speech: Are You Here to Save Face — or Save Us?
See photos from our activities in Rio: www.flickr.com/photos/lucaswirl/sets/72157630160008832/

NEWS

War Profiteers' News, June 2012
Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS), 2012: final report now available
Your Tax Dollars at War
21.6.2012: 20 years of Scientists for Global Responsibility
Report on Spanish military expenditure 2012
Huge cuts to the Australian Defence budget
UK: What cuts? Ministry of Defence ploughs £5bn into Atomic Weapons Establishment
As NATO Coalition Unravels in Afghanistan, Global Activists Question Military Alliance’s Existence
Nuclear Abolition Day 2012: A great success!
A few things you can do for nuclear abolition
Veterans say no to NATO
Report on war and poverty
Three new books of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF)

UPCOMING EVENTS


CAMPAIGNS

Disarmament for Sustainable Development

International Appeal delivered to UN representatives
The appeal "Disarmament for Sustainable Development" was officially delivered to the Brazilian Minister for Development, Fernando Damata Pimentel on June 21, 2012.
Reiner Braun, the INES representative at the Rio+20 conference and some of the initiators of the appeal, amongst them Ambassador Sergio Duarte, Former UN High Representative on Disarmament and 25 Mayors for Peace, handed it over outside the UN building. Read more on our website and see some photos here: www.flickr.com/photos/lucaswirl/sets/72157630160008832/

We continue to collect signatures after the Rio+20 conference. Next steps of the campaign will be planned with our partners soon.


Rio outcome: Hope bursts like a bubble
With the scandalous realization of a closing statement produced mainly by the EU and Brazil in advance, the little hope that one could have had in this conference for finding effective steps towards protection of the environment and a positive development for billions of starving people burst like a bubble.
Another Earth Summit that produces nothing more than words, expenses and destructive journeys by air. We observed at the Summit:

  • No new initiatives fighting the climatic change – remember Copenhagen
  • Continuation of the exploitation of fossil energies and development of nuclear energy
  • No actions against the global environmental crisis and challenges
  • Nothing regarding protection of the seas and waters, or regarding deforestation
  • No real obligations for the industrial states

The civil society admonishes of peace as a requirement for sustainable development with the project „The Bread Tank“ - Without disarmament there is no sustainable development! Read more here:www.inesglobal.com/PR216.phtml


Disarmament must be the number one priority
The edible tank made of bread was presented for the first time to the public on June 19th. It visited Favela Santa Marta where it was welcomed by the Mayor of Santa Marta, school kids and many visitors.  The Mayor said: “Words have been said enough, sustainability cannot be an empty word anymore but actions need to be conducted. Disarmament must be the number one priority.“
“Without disarmament there is no sustainability and justice. Therefore the reduction of the excessive military spending must be part of the agenda at the Rio+20 conference“, said Reiner Braun, Excecutive Director of IALANA and former INES Program Director.
See a 3:39 film "Bread not bombs" by NTV Kenya about the bread tank here: www.youtube.com/watch


"Are You Here to Save Face — or Save Us?"
On June 20, 2012 17-year-old environmental activist Brittany Trilford of Wellington, New Zealand, addressed more than a hundred heads of state at the opening plenary of the Rio+20 U.N. Earth Summit, the largest United Nations gathering ever. "We are all aware that time is ticking, and we are quickly running out," Trilford said. "You have 72 hours to decide the fate of your children, my children, my children’s children. And I start the clock now." Listen to her speech and an interview with her here: www.democracynow.org/2012/6/21/are_you_here_to_save_face (Source: Democracy Now!)


NEWS

War Profiteers' News, June 2012
Contents:

  • Banks in the Business of War
  • Stop financing the arms trade: Protest against War Profiteer EADS
  • South Africa: Ceasefire Campaign calls for reconsideration of the Defence Review
  • Ahava: Tracking the Trade Trail of Settlement Products
  • Antimilitarist protest against arms fair in Alicante
  • Bristol Against the Arms Trade Take the Fight to the Fair
  • "Boycott Samsung" demonstration in London
  • War Profiteer of the Month: Veolia Environment
  • Campaign of the Month: Stopping the Proliferation of Lethal Killing Drones and Spy Drones

Now online available here: wri-irg.org/epublish/19/488


Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS), 2012: final report now available
GDAMS 2.0 was a huge success! We had more than 140 actions take place in some 43 countries around the world! Our final report is now available by pdf here.


Your Tax Dollars at War
"The most enormous war machine the world has ever known".
US radio host Dennis Bernstein and investigative reporter Dave Lindorff illustrate just how much US tax money goes towards the country's war chest.
"People have to realize that 53 cents of every dollar that they are paying into taxes is going to the military to an astonishing figure there is an enormous, enormous amount of money being blown on war an killing and destruction." See the film here: www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31690.htm

The focus of the video is on the US but of course the problem is worldwide. That's why the International Peace Bureau has established the Global Day of Action on Military Spending.


21.6.2012: 20 years of Scientists for Global Responsibility
Scientists for Global Responsibility (SGR) was formed in the UK in 1992, from the merger of several smaller groups concerned with science, technology and peace issues. Since then it has grown in size and influence – with other organisations also becoming part of the SGR ‘family’. It has undertaken a wide variety of activities to promote more ethical science and technology – from publishing groundbreaking reports on military and corporate influence on science and technology to playing a leading role in ‘The Climate Train to Kyoto’. Read the article on the SGR website that traces the journey.


Report on Spanish military expenditure 2012
The Centre Delàs has released its annual report on Spanish military expenditure: "Military expenditure in Spain 2012: A chance to reduce the crisis", written by Pere Ortega. This report shows that the reduction of 6.33% in the Spanish military expenditure in 2012 National Budget is much smaller than other ministries with more social and "welfare" features. The report provides also an analysis of arms trade: Spain has doubled its arms exports and its destinations include countries affected by armed conflict. Read the report here: www.centredelas.org/images/stories/informes/Military%20expenditure%20in%20Spain%202012.pdf


Huge cuts to the Australian Defence budget
In May Australian military has faced $5.5 billions in cuts, the largest since the end of the Korean War. The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) reports that, after a decade of huge growth in its budget, Defense would face a major downturn in resources. Mark Thomson, an expert from the ASPI, said that due to the economic crisis "every dollar spent on defense imposes a visible opportunity cost elsewhere". To read the article by Dylan Welch in the Sydney Morning Herald click here.


UK: What cuts? Ministry of Defence ploughs £5bn into Atomic Weapons Establishment
On May 15, 2012 the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced spending of £5 billion at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) at Aldermaston and Burghfield in Berkshire. Read more here: www.cnduk.org/media/item/1392-what-cuts


As NATO Coalition Unravels in Afghanistan, Global Activists Question Military Alliance’s Existence
Listen to an interview by Amy Goodman with Reiner Braun on Democracy Now!, taken at the NATO- Counter Summit for Peace and Economic Justice in Chicago, USA on May 21, 2012.
Democracy Now! is a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez. Pioneering the largest public media collaboration in the U.S., Democracy Now! is broadcast on Pacifica, NPR, community, and college radio stations; on public access, PBS, satellite television and on the internet. DN!’s podcast is one of the most popular on the web.
www.democracynow.org/2012/5/21/as_france_announces_afghan_withdrawal_global 
See press coverage on the NATO-Counter summit here: www.no-to-nato.org/
See photos here: www.flickr.com/photos/lucaswirl/sets/72157629775167690/


Nuclear Abolition Day 2012: A great success!
This year the international call for action sought to raise public and political awareness about the threats and risks of current nuclear weapons policies, with over 20,000 nuclear warheads in arsenals around the world.
In particular, ICAN called on non-nuclear armed countries – the vast majority of the world’s states – to lead the process of ridding the world of these lethal weapons of mass extermination. Building upon the successes of previous days of action, Nuclear Abolition Day 2012 focused on the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons.
ICAN reports that their "Ten Seconds is all it takes" video (which was translated into 10 languages), went viral reaching 10,000 unique views on youtube!
Click here to see an impressive 1:33 min video!


A few things you can do for nuclear abolition
Global2000 AGM report. Very helpful for those who want to know what's happening around the nuclear disarmament movement.
Read the report and find the ideas what you can do here: abolition2000.cmail2.com/t/ViewEmail/r/90AF4D2F0DC4E5D7/28077E2F21DE57F216FB8100885F948E


Veterans say no to NATO
While the President and the Pentagon were handing out posthumous medals, a number of veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan organised a march to McCormick Place in Chicago on May 17, during the NATO Counter Summit, to hand their service medals back. Veterans demanded that NATO end the occupation of Afghanistan and relating economic and social injustices by freeing up money to fund domestic needs such as health, education, and so on. Read the article by Amy Goodman in Nation of Change here: www.nationofchange.org/veterans-say-no-nato-1337267468
More information about the March for Justice and Reconciliation on Iraq Veterans Against the war website.


Report on war and poverty
In April 2012, the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) published a report on war and poverty. In the paper, Patricia Justino aims at identifying potential channels of transmission linking civil war and poverty that may lead to the persistence of cycles of poverty and armed conflicts. She focuses on the notion of individual (and group) agency during civil wars, as well as constraints faced by populations affected by violence. To read the report please click here.


Three New Books from the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF)

  • The Path to Zero: Dialogues on Nuclear Dangers (By Rixchard Falk and David Krieger)
  • Never Enough Flowers: The Poetry of Peace II (By David Krieger and Perie Longo)
  • Speaking of Peace: Quotations to Inspire Action (By David Krieger)

To order at the NAPF Peace Store.


UPCOMING EVENTS