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Major Decisions At NATO Conference Overshadowed by Leaders' Gossip
"Something big and important happened at the recent North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) conference in London and, no, it was not Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau, French President Macron, Princess Anne and British PM Johnson caught gossping about US President Trump on an open mic. The highly respected organization NATO Watch reports that there were a number of consequential outcomes of the conference, notable among them a commitment to increase military spending across Europe and in Canada by a staggering $400 billion.
NATO Watch has documented other worrisome new NATO inititiaves. For the first time ever, NATO has acknowledged outer-space as what it calls the 'fifth domain' of warfare. The other warfare domains are land, air, sea and cyberspace. Another worrying development is that NATO is backing down from a commitment to nuclear non-proliferation, arms control, and the eventual elimination of nuclear weapons..."
NATO Is A Threat To The Climate
"...Rapidly reducing carbon emissions is impossible with rising militarism and military spending. One more reason to Say No To NATO! Canada should get out of NATO!"
While Press and Public Focus on Iran, US Military Prepares For War With Russia
"During the height of tensions with Iran last year, the United States conducted an unprecedented series of war games. Over five months, from May until the end of September, 93 separate military exercises were held, with forces operating in, above and around 29 countries. While the conventional view is one of Russian advantage, the new figures show that the US and its European partners far outstrip Moscow.
These operations and exercises, then NATO Commander, Army Gen Curtis Scaparrotti told Congress last Spring, were meant to 'introduce operational unpredictability to our adversaries.' The question is: at what cost? Or more concretely, in putting two sides on a path where escalating military exercises and intermingling of forces increases tensions while also providing more and more opportunities for miscalculation..."
Where Trudeau is hiding instead of conducting urgent and necessary meetings here at home to resolve the exploding Wet'suwet'en crisis. His plans are to go from Munich to a Caribbean tour to buy UNSC votes for Canada.
NATO Secretary General Doorstep Statement Ahead of Munich Security Conference: 14, Feb, 2020 (and vid)
"We discussed NATO's plans to enhance our presence in Iraq..."
Where Trudeau is hiding
Where Trudeau is hiding
Oh I can answer that. The great progressive leader is slumming up to countries who ban and punish homosexuality in order to win is a coveted seat at the UN security council.
I think he's somewhere shaking hands with the PM of Iran too, you know the country that tried to hide the fact it fucked up and murdered a bunch of Canadians.
Ends justify the means.
Pepe Escobar: Munich Catfight Reveals East-West Divide
"In the end the conference did disintegrate into the catfight that will dominate the rest of the century, writes Pepe Escobar..."
Defender 2020: Largest Mobilization of NATO Troops Against Russia in 25 Years
"The largest deployment of troops across the Atlantic in 25 years entered its main phase last weekend within the framework of the Defender Europe 2020 exercise. The scale of NATO's provocative military exercise underscore how far advanced the preparations for war are 75 years after the end of World War II. The United States and 18 other countries [Naturally, including Canada!] are deploying large contingents of troops from America and Western allies to the Russian border within a short period of time. In total, around 37,000 soldiers are participating in the exercise, which is to continue until June..."
NATO Defender Europe
"Though not well publicized here in Canada, Canada will participate in the NATO Defender Europe 2020 war manoeuvres held in Europe between January 12 through July 10. Science for Peace, which counts as its members the late Ursula Franklin and John Polyani, unreservedly oppose this provocative and regressive recapitulation of the brutal 20th century.
In addition to NATO's acceptance of a nuclear weapons first strike strategy, a crime against peace under international law, a military strategy permitting the use of nuclear weapons is based on the Cold War belief that a nuclear war is winnable and is an atrocious gamble with human survival. In addition, the military is the largest emitter of greenhouse gases and this poses two threats of human extinction, rendering this era the most dangerous and precarious in human history.
Yet the Government of Canada has acceded to NATO policies without any dissent by elected representatives. No NATO countries have signed the UN Treaty on the Prevention of Nuclear Weapons, leading to the elimination of all nuclear weapons. Superseding NATO and individual nation states is the UN Charter, which defines a war of aggression as the supreme crime as it encompasses all other crimes. The UN Charter is a binding international agreement..."
'We're going to change NATO from within!' Jack Layton, NDP
Hitler's Foot-Soldiers: Latvia's Nazis the Pride of the Country says Defence Minister
"Defence Minister Sajjan met today with Latvian Defence Minister Pabriks. But Sajjan refused to condemn or even discuss Pabriks' glowing praise of the Latvian SS. Last September Pabriks said the Latvian SS members 'are the pride of the Latvian people and of the state."
Notice how well Canada gets on with the worst fascist ultranationalists and Russophobic xenophobes. Of course what can Sajjan say given his own shadowy history of 'counterinsurgency' operations with American war-criminals in Afghanistan.
Canada jumps closer to military spending target thanks to Covid-19's economic damage
"Canada has taken a big leap closer to meeting its promise to the NATO military alliance to spend a larger share of its economy on defence thanks to an unexpected assist from COVID-19. New NATO figures released Wednesday show that largely thanks to the pandemic, Canada is posed to spend the equivalent of more of its gross domestic product on defence this year than any any point in the past decade.
NATO and the US have repeatedly criticized Canada for not meeting the target, with President Donald Trump in December calling Canada 'slightly delinquent' during a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The NATO figures show that Canada is poised to spend 1.45 per cent of its GDP on the military this year. That is not only a big jump from the 1.29 per cent last year but the largest share of the economy in a decade."
'NATO? We'll change it from within!' - Jack Layton-
Defense Secretary Visits Hawkish Atlantic Council to Announce US Troop Buildup on Russian Border
"US Defense Secretary Mark Esper visited the notorious Atlantic Council, funded by a who's who of weapons makers and despotic regimes, to announce that the US would not, indeed, be withdrawing troops from Germany but sending them to Russia's border instead.
The administration's plan to ramp down the US military presence from 36,000 troops to 24,000 was met with overwhelming hostility in Washington when it was first announced in July, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives even included an amendment to its version of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act to block funding for any withdrawal.
Both Republican Sen. Mitt Romney and CNN described the idea as Trump's 'gift to Russia.' While Democratic Sen Bob Menendez claimed that 'champagne must be flowing freely this evening at the Kremlin.' Thus, the news of a change of course will likely be greeted warmly in 'resistance' circles..."
Mark Sedwill Launches his Novichok For NATO Campaign Against the German Rival
"The Navalny Novichok of August 2020 is an operation in Berlin intended to draw the NATO Alliance into the German election campaign to ensure the outcome remains loyal to NATO and the US. The operation hasn't failed yet. It won't if the retired chief British bureaucrat and supervisor of the intelligence services and war machine, Baron Sedwill has anything to say about it. Last week he said quite a lot..."
Canada Isolated in Opposing Nuclear Weapons Ban
Hostility to nuclear disarmanent from the US, Canada and Canada's military is too strong for the Trudeau government to stand up to its stated beliefs. Canadians need to press their government to sign the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty.
NATO Chief Stoltenberg Announces Expansion of Forces in Iraq from 500 to 4,000
"Is anyone aware of a request by the Iraqi government for more NATO occupation troops in its country?"
Scott Ritter: NATO's expanding role hides the reality of a US empire in decline
"...NATO's willingness to underwrite US military deployment in Europe and extend its reach to include the Pacific demonstrates that its current purpose is more about propping up America than securing peace. The recently concluded virtual meeting of NATO defense ministers has been billed as President Joe Biden's first opportunity to act on his promise of repairing the damage done to the military alliance by the contentious policies of his predecessor Donald Trump.
While a great deal of attention has been paid to the optics of unifying NATO under new, more inclusive American leadership, the harsh realities of the policy priorities pushed by Lloyd Austin, Biden's secretary of defense, and their underlying economics, point to a weakened US looking to further exploit a European military alliance for the purposes of propping up an America in decline.
The US also raised the possibility of enlisting NATO in the Pacific, where America is gearing up for a possible military conflict with China. While NATO has a history of extending its military reach beyond the borders of Europe - most notably in Iraq and Afghanistan, but also North Africa and the Persian Gulf - this is the first time a major discussion will take place regarding a possible NATO military role in the Pacific.
The possibility of the alliance's involvement in the region seemed attractive to Stoltenberg, who called it 'a unique opportunity to start a new chapter for transatlantic relations,' adding that China was a legitimate concern for NATO given that it, along with Russia, is 'at the forefront of an authoritarian pushback against the rules-based international order.'
As we can already see in the building of a 'Uyghur genocide' 'Free Novichocked Navalny' narratives, plans are already well underway to give the always enthusiastic western collaborationist liberal stoogery, 'human rights' pretexts for supporting more imperialist war against official enemies they have already been well-coached to hate.