IPB Secretary-General meets GDAMS activists in Kuala Lumpur

On his recent SE Asian tour, Colin Archer spoke at an informal meeting in Kuala Lumpur on the theme of military spending, comvened by our GDAMS partner SUARAM and its founder Kua Kia Soong (3rd from left), a former colleague from Manchester days, back in the 1980s! “I spoke about IPB’s work on this topic and referred to both corruption in arms deals worldwide and efforts to control the trade and reduce military spending. Soong gave a detailed presentation of the Malaysian situation based on his book Questioning Arms Spending in Malaysia.”

Secretary Hagel’s Cuts Don’t Translate into Less Spending

From Mattea Kramer at the National Priorities Project

“Yesterday Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel gave a major speech at the Pentagon, and a bold headline ran in The New York Times announcing that the Pentagon would shrink the Army to pre-World War II levels. While the speech did announce cutbacks in a number of military programs, the Pentagon isn’t planning any major reductions in spending any time soon.”

Read the blog at this link

Source: National Priorities: Budget Matters Blog

April 15 Tax Day: Global Day of Action on Military Spending!

From the blog by Judith Le Blanc, Peace Action Field Director from the U.S.

“The International Peace Bureau’s Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) is April 15, US Tax Day. Peace Action is convening a cross section of peace and community, faith-based national groups who are supporting local actions across the country on Tax Day. Tax Day will be a day to shine a light on the Pentagon budget and how it drains the resources needed for our communities.

Not only does our government allocate a majority of the discretionary spending every year on the Pentagon at the expense of human needs and diplomacy, it also is one of the world’s biggest arms dealers.

The Tax Day actions are a call for changing national spending priorities, it is also a day of solidarity with all those who suffer from US wars past and present and the presence of over 1,000 bases around the world. The actions will call attention to the domestic impact of continuing to pour money into the Pentagon budget while community services are cut.

The recent Congressional budget deal delayed the next round of ”sequestration” or across the board budget cuts. Federal budget cuts were made but the Pentagon came out the big winner. In fact, the Overseas Contingency Operations account got bumped up while the war in Afghanistan is winding down creating a slush fund to blunt the impact of cuts!”

Read the full blog at this link.

Source: Peace Blog.

 

 

Reporting Trident War Crimes to Thames Valley Police

Watch the film made during the “Report Crime” event organized by Action AWE on February 8th, 2014.

From the Press Release:

Reading, Berkshire, 8 February 2014:-   A line of 50 people queued around the block at Reading Police Station as one by one they reported their concerns that the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) nuclear bomb factories in Aldermaston and Burghfield were engaged in manufacturing and transporting weapons of mass destruction and facilitating preparations to use nuclear weapons, contrary to International Humanitarian Law .   In conjunction with Action AWE (Atomic Weapons Eradication), they will call on the police to arrest government and AWE officials responsible for nuclear warhead production and deployment, which facilitate preparations to use nuclear weapons, contrary to International Humanitarian Law.

Read the full press release here.

From a blog:

“I want to report a crime: they’re building weapons of mass destruction just down the road”

The idea of going into a police station and saying "I want to report a crime and that crime is mass murder" seemed at first quite cringe-making - totally against my upbringing in the traditions of British reserve! But it also seemed a fascinating Alice-in-Wonderland thing to do. ( I have done a bit of street theatre before with the peace movement, with CAAT providing the props of toy bombs and bullets and cs gas canisters.) It was made much easier by the informal and friendly atmosphere of the demonstration, with lots of encouraging songs we were all singing together; by the helpfulness and professionalism of the police; and by there being so many of us doing it together, although we had to give the statements on our own - to truly stand up and be counted. I arranged to have a buddy. She stood next to me as I did my crime reporting and then I stood by her. Shoulder to shoulder - that made it easier too.

 

Check all the reports, news and information on Action AWE event page.