28 September 2015
Ramstein Campaign: No drone wars!
Never again war from German soil
On September 26 more than 1500 people protested in front of the US Airbase Ramstein. Please find pictures here and an article of Stars+Stripes here. More than 6000 persons signed the following appeal:
The US Air Force base at Ramstein, Germany, is a central pivot for preparing and executing wars of aggression violating international law. Most of the lethal missions of US combat drones, e.g. in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Syria, and Africa, are conducted via Ramstein’s satellite relay station.
US drone pilotes from a multitude of military bases use Ramstein for operating killer drones in illegal war missions around the world. In Ramstein itself, about 650 personnel continuously analyze, update and pass on data from the surveillance of alleged targets.
With drones, the US government has extrajudicially killed almost 5,000 people in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia as well as more than 13,000 in the war in Afghanistan. US drones have killed countless victims in Iraq, Syria, and Libya. The large majority of the victims were innocents such as women, children, and old people. The orders to murder are transmitted from joysticks via Ramstein’s satellite relay station to the specific drones. Without Ramstein, the whole drone war would be obstructed decisively sine die.
At the same time, Ramstein was indispensable for logistically executing the brutal US/NATO war in Afghanistan and the US war of aggression in Iraq. The same is true for looming US interventionist wars, including at the borders of Russia.
The components of the US missile defense shield are stationed in different NATO states. One of its commando centers is incorporated into Ramstein’s AIRCOM, headquarters of all NATO air forces.
Extrajudicial executions of citizens of foreign countries on their own soil do not only violate the UN’s human rights charter and international law, but they also violate the German constitution if the crime emanates from German territory. We will not accept this any longer: neither the illegal goings-on of the US in Germany, nor their crimes against international law emanating from German territory, nor their support by the German government.
We thus demand of the German parliament and government:
- to ban the US from using Ramstein as the basis of their drone wars by law;
- to close down Ramstein’s satellite relay station;
- to renounce the purchase of combat drones for the Bundeswehr;
- to proscribe the acquisition of combat drones for military;
- to end the illegal spying of NSA, in cooperation with the German intelligence agency BND, for which Ramstein is a focal point.
Only individual commitment and determined action can put an end to the German government’s highly dangerous military politics and the US/NATO acts of war.
Hence we call for a demonstration and rally in front of Ramstein Air Base on September 26th, 2015, for a large public event in Kaiserslautern on September 25th, and for an evaluation and future-planning meeting on September 26th evening – as part of a long-term and extensive campaign.
26. August 2015
Fukushima today - A first-person account from the field and the conference table
In March 2015 members of INES visited the area of Fukushima. Pictures of the trip can be found here. Subrata Ghoshroy published an article in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists:
It has been more than four years since the east coast of Japan was hit with a trifecta: an earthquake of Magnitude 9 on the Richter scale, followed by a massive tsunami triggered by the quake’s tremors, and then the meltdown of three nuclear reactors in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear generating complex. Design mistakes, a poor safety culture, and human error exacerbated the situation. And it all happened within the span of an hour, searing the name “Fukushima” into the collective memory of all. Like Hiroshima a few hundred kilometers to the south, the name Fukushima became synonymous with the horrors that can befall a nation from uncontrolled atomic chain reactions.
I had traveled to Japan to attend a meeting of the Japan Scientists’ Association in Yokohama, near Tokyo, which was expected to announce a major change in its pro-nuclear energy position.
9 July 2015
60 JAHRE RUSSELL-EINSTEIN MANIFEST - Remember Your Humanity and Forget the Rest!
On July 9th the German INES member organization "Scientists for Peace" together with other organizations conducted a public event on 60 Years of Russell-Einstein-Manifesto.
Please find the program here and pictures of the event here. Sir Harry Kroto addressed the participants of the event in a video message. Please find the video message here.
10 May 2015
NPT Conference 2015
- all videos of the plenary
Presentations Side Event: Nuclear Weapons in Europe
- Ludo de Brabander (vrede, Belgium)
- Dave Webb (CND, GB)
- Jean-Marie Collin (PNND, France) (not available)
- Rally 1, Rally 2, Peace&Planet Conference, NPTR
6 May 2015
The X-37B: Backdoor weaponization of space?
By Subrata Ghoshroy
After spending 674 days in space, the military space plane known as the X-37B returned to Earth in October 2014. But no one really knows what its purpose was, or what it had been doing all that time, leading to all kinds of guessing in the popular press. Photos show something that looks like a baby space shuttle, and television newscasts suggested it could be a space bomber or a satellite meant to spy on other satellites. Using publicly
accessible documents, the author attempts to piece together the planeÕs likely mission, and writes that the X-37B illustrates the United StatesÕ continuing interest in militarizing space and, possibly, weaponizing it in the future. He argues that such an approach inadvertently harms the security of the United StatesÕ own space assets.
1 May 2015
Science at MIT: From the Cold War to Climate Change
On April 28, 450 people including a lot of MIT students attended the public event with Noam Chomsky and Subrata Ghoshroy. Please find the video of the event here.
Peace&Planet Conference: Join Us to Build a Nuclear-Free, Peaceful, Just, and Sustainable World!
Nuclear abolition connects deeply with struggles to end and prevent wars, increase peace, and achieve economic and environmental justice in our local communities and around the world. Learn more and get involved!
Find more information here: http://www.peaceandplanet.org/
Conference on nuclear power an renewable energy
The general framework of the annually held conferences on climate change is the INES together with the Japanese Scientist Association (JSA ) conducts a conference on nuclear power and renewable energy in Japan and the world. The conference will take place from March 27-29 at Yokohama National University.