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The Pandemic Pivot John Feffer

Contribition to report from THE INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES, THE TRANSNATIONAL INSTITUTE, andFOCUS ON THE GLOBAL SOUTH - In June and July of 2020, the Institute for Policy Studies in-vited 68 of the world’s leading thinkers and activists to par-ticipate in eight in-depth discussions. Their task: to assess the implications of COVID-19 for key global issues as well as the potential for transformative change coming out of this crisis. They discussed a Green recovery, the global economy, corona-virus authoritarianism, migrants and refugees, budget priorities, the global ceasefire, international civil society, and multilateral cooperation. This report by John Feffer from the frontlines of global policy stands in stark contrast to the reality in the world today. Reading it amounts to a return to sanity and humane gov-ernance, and illuminates the way forward that is still possible if we begin soon. lees meer »

There's no such thing as a 'green' army

Rarely in history have we faced such major challenges: we are facing a climate crisis, a pandemic, and an impending global recession. It is clear: our world is going to change irrevocably. It calls on our ability to work together and look beyond differences. The military and the defense industry also, succesfully, invited themselves to the meeting tables. lees meer »

Will the EU fight for peace or prepare for war? It can’t have it both ways

EUaktive 05/05/2020 - Laëtitia Sédou, EU project officer at the European Network Against Arms Trade (ENAAT) On April 24, the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace, EU High representative Josep Borrell declared that "the world that will emerge from this crisis will look very different from the one we know" and «will depend on what we are going to do now». The EU bears a large responsibility for how this future will look like, and has a key choice to make: work for sustainable peace by seriously tackling the root causes of conflicts, or continue the path to militarism and prepare for war. lees meer »

Climate change, energy security, conflict and migration: who profits?

[Talk in workshop at Code Rood action camp in Leermens, Saturday 25 August 2016]   In his recent book 'Storming the wall' American journalist Todd Miller paints a grim picture of the future, writing: “We could predict not only […] a world of Category 6 winds, ravaging fires, devouring seas, and parched landscapes, but also a world of surveillance drones, crowd-control, and walls.” lees meer »

Some economic aspects of European defence funding (spoken text)

At the occasion of handing in more that 142.500 signatures of EU citizens to EEAS to ask the EU: Don’t invest in weapons – Brussels 23/01/2018 - lees meer »

Dutch satellite production

More and more small satellites are launched into space. A tenth of them has a clear military function. The Dutch Association for the Aerospace (NVR) in 2011 published a magazine dedicated to small satellites and the Dutch activities in this area. The Netherlands is a not insignificant party in this market. lees meer »

The deadly consequences of Europe’s border militarization

OpenDemocracy.Net, 19 December 2016 - 2016 now holds the sad record of the highest recorded death toll for refugees on route to Europe. lees meer »

Migration – follow the money

[Published at openDemocracy, 30 July 2016] The EU must acknowledge its part in fuelling the drivers of migration and work to stop them, including the establishment of an embargo on arms sales to the Middle East and North Africa. lees meer »

Sources of information about arms trade - summary of workshop

War Resisters International / World without War Stopping the War Bussiness seminar Seoul 2015 – Workshop by Wendela de Vries lees meer »

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