Protest NATO/G8 Summit - May 2012 - Chicago

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Protest NATO/G8 Summit - May 2012 - Chicago

Protest NATO/G8 Summit - May 2012 - Chicago

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Malalai Joya: 'Go To Chicago To Protest NATO/G8!' (vid)


Pentagon Priorities For the 21st Century - Mordecai Briemberg (podcast)

"Earlier this year, the Obama administration released a guidance to determine where the Pentagon would put its energy in the foreseeable future. One element will be a new level of attention on Asia and Pacific, another a continued focus on the Persian Gulf."


'A National Strategy for Dangerous Times':  Vimy Paper 2012 : The Strategic Outlook for Canada

"We're living in a different world than the one which produced most of our thinking about how to preserve international peace and security,' said Paul Chapin, a former senior Foreign Affairs official and one of the principal co-authors of the study. 'It's time for a comprehensive review of the strategic landscape, what the dangers are out there for Canadians and what to do about them.'

"The Vimy Paper is also informed by a veritable Canadian 'who's who' of the defence and security community, including two former Chiefs of the Defence Staff, a former Chairman of NATO's Military Committee, a retired Ambassador, a Senator, eminent historians and academics as well as NATO field commanders, strategists and experienced military staff officers."

"Among the major recommendations of the report:

'Canada's national interests are at stake when ruthless regimes are striving to get their hands on nuclear weapons; when allies and trading partners cannot reign in their sovereign debt; and when radicals employ subterfuge, coercion and violence to advance ideologies contrary to the most fundamental beliefs of Canadians...'



NATO, G8 In Chicago: Adbusters Puts Out Call for 50,000 To Protest (and vid)

"In a tactical briefing posted Wednesday, the magazine calls on protesters 'from all over the world to flock to Chicago, set up tents, kitches, peaceful barricades adn OCCUPY CHICAGO for a month,' beginning in May. Earlier this month, the Chicago City Council overwhelmingly approved two ordinances Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced to crack down on expected NATO and G8 protesters via stricter rules for parade organizers, increased fines for resisting arrest adn a green light for the mayour's blanket spending authority for the summit's going forward.."

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Is Adbusters also going to point out to people "flocking" from all over the world to Chicago to protest that if they are non-citizens of the United States they have zero civil rights or protection of the U.S. constitution; that they can be arrested and subjected to indefinite preventive detention, torture, and/or extraordinary rendition; and that if they are Canadian citizens the Harper government will not lift a finger to help them?

'Cause I think they should.


NATO Chief Meets With US Elite in Washington

"NATO allies gather in Washington to prepare Chicago summit. The summit will focus on the Alliance's commitment to Afghanistan...and strengthening NATO's unparallelled network of parties across the globe.."

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Security fears? Chicago G8 Summit canceled, relocated to Camp David


"Amid concerns over thousands of protestors descending on Chicago, Illinois for the G-8 Summit this spring, the event have been moved to the presidential compound at Camp David, Maryland, around an hour outside of Washington."

"After the G-8 Summit, the NATO meeting is expected to continue as planned in Chicago on May 20 through 21."

"Coincidently, a new bill drafted by Congress, HR 347, will make it a federal offense to trespass on the grounds of any place granted Secret Service. If approved, the NATO Summit in Chicago will fall into this jurisdiction, as will the presidential retreat at Camp David. What does that mean for protesters? Even if you’re in the proximity of the premises, you could be considered a criminal for engaging in any activity that disrupts a governmental event."



March 23-25: United National Antiwar Coalition Conferece. Stamford CT

"Say No to the NATO/G8 Wars and Poverty Agenda. Join activists from the Antiwar, Occupy and Environmental, Immigrant Rights, Labor and other movements at a conference from March 23-25, 2012. To learn more, to plan a major 'NO TO NATO' demonstration in Chicago.."


NATO Behaving Like A Law Unto Itself - by MD Nalapat

"Over the past decade, the overwhelming majority of NATO 'kills' in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya have been unarmed civilians. A large number of Iraqi, Afghani and Libyan civilians have lost not just their limbs but also their lives, because of 'mistakes' made by NATO personnel in the field.

A look at the diaries kept by alliance troops in the different theaters of war show the casual way in which human lives are taken, often on just the merest suspicion of hostile intentions..."


"Jack Layton brushed aside a long-held NDP policy that would pull Canada out of NATO, promising instead to work on changing the military alliance. 'We are going to work for the restructuring of [the] organization for the future. People in NATO are already transforming it themselves.."

they sure are Jacko..


Why We Are Protesting The NATO Summit  -  by Buddy Bell

"Those who participate in the May actions to shed light on this deranged historical trend will not just be protesting NATO, but will also be proposing a different agenda for the nations who convene under NATO's banner. It is crucial that we walk, march, picket and speak to demand these real solutions.."

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April 7 ~ Full List of Events and Actions ~ Welcome to the Chicago Spring!


I"m glad many people are opposing directions of NATO/G8, hopefully beyond Chicago and Illinois.

The fora linked at the Chicago Spring site look good.

The subject of one event was "Why This Isn't Scary: Anarchy, Communism, Socialism, and The Black Bloc."

Without definitions, its difficult to know what exactly they're talking about, however I'd agree that, for example, a 'Communism' that includes 'Marxist Leninism' is perhaps initially more silly and counter-productive, because so many people know from personal and family experience what Lenin did.  Where these people refuse to take time to dialogue, and instead simply ignore movements welcoming a 'Communism' promoting Lenin, the effect overall is to limit entire movements to the margins.  Protesters participating with Leninists need to dialogue, with open and public resolution of differences, voiced clearly and frequently, especially in a city like Chicago with so many survivors of the horror of Lenin et al.

Otherwise what does become scary is the victory of forces which are happy when movements for peace and justice are limited from influencing mainstream society enough to create change.




Peace Activists Arrested In Attempt To Break Into NATO Headquarters

"Hundreds of peace activists on Sunday tried in vain to break into the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in Brussels, with 483 of them arrested by police. The demonstration, organised by the Beligian association Action For Peace, two months before a NATO summit in Chicago, was called to protest the alliance's intervention in Afghanistan and Libya and nuclear-arming.

'A military alliance that intervenes all over the world and has nuclear weapons is a threat to world peace,' said Action For Peace. Some '500-600 policemen' were deployed to counter the demonstrations, a policeman said..."


'A military alliance that intervenes all over the world and has nuclear weapons is a threat to world peace,"


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Protest Rahm Emanuel


A coalition of Occupy Wall Street groups and community groups joined up to protest Rahm Emanuel's recent visit to a Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett fundraiser. The demonstrators are angry with Rahm Emanuel's recent budget cuts, civil liberty stifling ordinances for the upcoming NATO Summit, and refusal to issue a protesting permit to groups for the opening day of the Summit. They also are upset Rahm has cut vital public services while purchasing millions of dollars worth of paramilitary riot gear also for the NATO Summit. The group marched around the venue where Rahm was speaking and event tried to enter the venue but were blocked from entering by the Milwaukee Police Department. The protestors tried to negotiate with Police but were not allowed access.


Bosnia To Libya: 20 Years of NATO 'Peace Making' (and vid)

"Two decades ago saw the start of Europe's bloodiest military conflict since the Second World War. The Bosnian War and the break-up of the former Yugoslavia reignited ethnic conflicts between Muslims and Serbs. Over 4 years, around 100,000 people were killed, and more than 4 million displaced. The war eventually saw NATO's first-ever peace mission its history - setting up a template for incursions into foreign troublespots.."

Interview with Rick Rozoff - STOP NATO



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NATO GAME OVER: non-violent intervention teams from ten European countries shut down NATO


NATO GAME OVER: non-violent intervention teams from ten European countries shut down NATO

Today, about 500 peace activists from more than ten European countries will take part in an action to shut down NATO headquarters in Evere, Brussels in a nonviolent intervention. When peace is at stake, nonviolent intervention is necessary. NATO is a select club of countries that globally wages war, deploys nuclear weapons and is prepared to use them in a first strike. This military alliance is a danger for world peace. On May 20th and 21st, the heads of government of NATO member states will gather in Chicago. Today’s nonviolent intervention sends them a clear message: NATO creates more problems than it solves.

Civil disobedience

NATO GAME OVER is an action of civil disobedience. Nonviolent intervention teams will enter the NATO area in order to prevent a more serious crime, the preparation of war crimes. The intervention teams will seal gates, windows and doors. The perimeter will be marked out with red and white hazard tape. Supporters will gather opposite the main entrance of NATO headquarters, to cheer on the intervention teams. Delegations from Germany, the Netherlands, France, UK, Finland, Sweden, Turkey, Italy, Portugal and Spain will be taking part in the action alongside Belgian activists....

They all have a clear message for the government leaders who are meeting in Chicago for the NATO Summit on May 20th and 21st: “We do not want a missile defence shield, We do not want NATO soldiers in Libya or Afghanistan, We do not want dangerous, useless and illegal nuclear weapons”.

Remove nuclear weapons

NATO’s deterrence and defense strategy will prove to be a difficult issue. Since the last NATO summit in November 2010, the alliance has been looking for “the appropriate mix of nuclear, conventional and missile defense forces”, under the NATO Deterrence and Defence Posture Review. NATO member states will need to agree on the future role of the approximately 200 American tactical nuclear weapons that are still deployed in five European countries. NATO bureaucracy is keen on maintaining the status quo.

However, nuclear weapons cannot be used without violating international humanitarian law and their deployment is a preparation of war crimes. These weapons do not serve any military purpose, and a majority of European citizens want them removed. NATO must overcome Cold War thinking, re-adjust its nuclear policy and withdraw these nuclear weapons. A failure to do so will be an obstacle for further nuclear disarmament.

Stop military intervention

In Chicago, NATO-secretary general Rasmussen wants to decide on the priorities for the further expansion of NATO’s military intervention apparatus. The war in Afghanistan proves the failure of military intervention. Under the pretext of ‘Responsibility to Protect’, NATO attacked Libya to force a profitable regime change. The war left Libya a fragmented country, where armed militias struggle for power.

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NATO Launches New Online Communications Tool in Run Up to Chicago

"The WE-NATO platform is an exciting new way for the public to engage directly with NATO and help shape our policies and thinking,' said Ambassador Kolinda Grabar, NATO's Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy. The aim of the site is for NATO to reach out and engage directly with 'netizens' around the world in an open and transparent way.."

NATO's new 'friendly fascism' platform


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Wow! Could this be the Big Opportunity the NDP has been waiting for to reform NATO from within?

Time for Dave Christopherson to get on the internet and start reforming away!


"Welcome to the Website and the Network for a NATO-Free Future: Global Peace and Justice!


M. Spector wrote:

Is Adbusters also going to point out to people "flocking" from all over the world to Chicago to protest that if they are non-citizens of the United States they have zero civil rights or protection of the U.S. constitution; that they can be arrested and subjected to indefinite preventive detention, torture, and/or extraordinary rendition; and that if they are Canadian citizens the Harper government will not lift a finger to help them?

'Cause I think they should.


Not to mention the fact you need to apply for and pay for a Visa (approx 200) unless you are from the UK or Canada which means a interview with immigration officials about why you wish to go there and no, repeat no leeway as to how long you can stay. A night in the clink for protesting which puts you over your time means serious jail time


Chicago Summit: NATO to Complete Domination of Arab World - by Rick Rozoff

"Regarding transformation in the Arab world over the past fifteen months in relation to NATO, the net result is that the US dominated military alliance is poised to gain one new adjunct, Libya, with Syria targeted as the next. Lebanon is another prospect for the Mediterranean Dialogue after Libya and Syria, which if it occurs will convert the entire Mediterranean basin into NATO territory.

Similarly, if the West and its Arab monarch allies can arrange for the installation of compliant regimes in Iraq and Yemen (perhaps royal pretenders to complete the pattern), NATO can acquire two additional Istanbul Cooperation Initiative consorts as well. The alliance identifies Iraq as a partner state and the NATO Training Mission in Iraq was instrumental in building the nation's new armed forces from scratch, training everyone from the top officer corps to oil police..

In respect to the remaining Arab-speaking countries, since at least 2005, leading American and NATO officials have promoted the deployment of NATO forces to Palestine in the event of, or as a precondition for, a peace deal with Israel. Last August, Palestine's Ma'an News Agency reported that 'Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told visiting US Congressmen on Thursday that the security of the future Palestinian state will be handed to NATO under US command..."


Over 800 Protesters Hold Anti-NATO Rally on Volga

"The Kremlin's intention to allow NATO to set up a hub for Afghan transit operations in the Volga regional city of Ulyanovsk has triggered mass protests amid claims the deal would undermine Russia's interests and security.."

Communists Rally in Moscow Against NATO 'Base'


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Story on LRAD Sound Cannon at G20 published on heels of revelations that the device will be used at NATO Summit in Chicago

A recently published Dominion story exploring the use of Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) at the G20 was published Monday, shortly after Chicago police revealed they would be using the same device at the upcoming NATO summit which is taking place on May 20th.  Mass demonstarions are expected at the Summit....

Buddy Kat

It's not just hearing or the eardrum that is at risk's small capillaries  in the brain that also get ruptured from the ultra high frequencies ...also there is a risk as  when an opera singer shatters glass that skyscraper windows may shatter , falling on pig and protester alike severing them like chop suey...


Just like everything else in society..if it doesn't kill you instantly it's OK...good luck finding research on these things might find info on utrasonics and infra sonics in some University libraries however.


New New


ACLU Activists Aim to Prevent Secret Service from Violating Their Rights During NATO Summit

"As the North Atlantic Treaty Organiztion (NATO) summit in Chicago nears, the Illinois chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and activists are urging the United States Secret Service make public the security plan for McCormick Place, where the summit is to be held, by Monday, April 23

The ACLU maintains specific details on the security perimeter must be released so that the community can decide if the Secret Service will be violating  the First Amendment rights of people, who intend to demonstrate at the summit..."


Turkey Vetoes Israel's Latest NATO Partership Bid, Despite Criticism

"Turkey has blocked Israel's participation in NATO's upcoming Chicago summit in a sign of Turkey's determination to prevent its new foe from cooperating with the alliance following a deadly ship raid [on the Mavi Marmara]. Because of Ankara's veto, Israel will not attend the NATO summit due to take place from May 20 to 21 in Chicago, an important diplomatic summit to be hosted by US President Barack Obama.

'Go and tell Israel to apologize for the incident and to pay compensation for the Turkish citizens whom it massacred,' Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.."


Police Vs Protester: Feds Sending Armed Agents to Chicago Three Weeks Before NATO Summit

"Three weeks before international heads of state will converge in Chicago, Illinois for the annual NATO conference, the US Federal Protective Service will send armed officers into the city's downtown district to prepare for the swarm of protesters expected to arrive in time for the event, slated for May 20 and 21.."

'Global NATO' is America's NATO - by Rick Rozoff

"The State Department's top Eurasian hand addressed the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe and America as April 26 to present Washington's perspective on expectations of next month's Summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. NATO is the chief vehicle employed by the State Department, White House and Pentagon to advance American political, economic and military interests in Eurasia and increasingly the rest of the world.

As such, it's well worth the US efforts to provide the preponderance of its funding and military assets and further engineer its evolution into an expanding, ultimately global, military-political network.."

'Jack Latyon brushed aside a long-held NDP policy that would pull Canada out of NATO, promising instead to work on changing the alliance."


Red Cross Prepares Chicago for Mass Exodus During NATO Summit?

'Chicago Illinois is expected to swell with armed security forces during next month's NATO summit, but will that be enough to keep the Windy City under control? Officials are now readying a massive exit strategy to vacate the entire metropolis..'


Chicago Summit: NATO To Announce Activation of European Missile Shield  - by Rick Rozoff (STOP NATO)

"On April 30 the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen informed the Associated Press that the military bloc he leads will announce initial operational capability for the joint US-NATO interceptor missile system in Europe at the NATO summit in Chicago on May 20-21..

The last NATO Summit committed all 28 member states to participation in the most ambitious interceptor missile system ever envisaged. The upcoming summit will mark the official announcement of its initial activation, fraught as the system is with the threats of attempted blackmail, fatal miscalculation and the West contemplating first strike options."

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Chicago Bus Trip

99Solidarity has begun sending email updates to occupiers signing up for the Chicago Bus Trips. Please be sure to add [email protected] to your address book to ensure the updates do not get filed as spam.

99% solidarity is excited to participate in nonviolent direct actions in Chicago from May 18 to 22, 2012. We have secured buses to bring people to these actions from several U.S cities.

We are currently working on the travel schedule, agenda and other important details of this trip. We will be contacting you with updated information shortly. For now here are a few updates:

  • The Bus trip is free
  • 50 people from each city must sign up and board the bus for the trip take place. If a city has less then 50 sign ups, then we may have to cancel the bus for that city.
  • Meals will be provided on board the bus to and from Chicago
  • We are working on housing and meals while in Chicago.
  • There are several direct actions and events that we will participate in while in Chicago including:

  • May 18 – The People’s Summit
  • May 19 – the 99% Solidarity People’s Convention
  • May 20 – CANG8 rally and march....


Please visit often to get the most up to date information and be sure to invite your friends and fellow occupiers to join you on this exciting, historic trip.

In addition, please follow us on Facebook and Twitter: @99solidarity

Currently, buses will be leaving from the following cities in time to arrive in Chicago on May 17.

New York City
Washington DC
Boston, MA
Providence, RI
Burlington, VT
Salem, NH
Philadelphia, PA
Atlanta, GA
Oakland CA
Los Angeles, CA
San Francisco, CA
Portland, OR
We are working hard to add more cities, so please check back often if your city is not listed.


thank you for notes critiquing NATOs illegal wars of aggression.

please clarify similar opposition to Lenin's monstrous aggression if people here are posting links to groups which supported Lenin's behaviour, ie)link at post 29

"Communist Party supporters gathered opposite the U.S. embassy in Moscow on Thursday to protest the creation of a NATO transit hub in the Volga city of Ulyanovsk – birthplace of Vladimir Lenin."


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Leigh wrote:

...Lenin's monstrous aggression....

More mythmongering.

This has nothing to do with NATO. Why don't you take your historical grievances over imagined aggression by V.I. Lenin somewhere else?


No. You could read the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, or threads at babble with references. It's been discussed.

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Leigh wrote:
No. You could read the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, or threads at babble with references. It's been discussed.

Yes, and you are of course aware of these threads and discussions because you yourself have participated in them, under the screen name of "thanks", until [url= got your sorry anti-communist ass banned for "repeated trolling and derailing"[/url].

<a href="">Catchfire</a> wrote:
thanks, you are derailing this thread. Socialism and communism are part and parcel of rabble's mandate and genesis as well as babble's policy. If you don't like this, you'll have to go elsewhere, because it is not changing in the immediate future. I'm asking you not to post in this thread again.

<a href="">Rebecca West</a> wrote:
As Catchfire has pointed out, this is a left-wing site, with all that entails.  We do not need to explain or justify its existence or its values to you.  Your expectations are completely unrealistic, and you obviously have little understanding - and a great deal of antipathy for - socialism, communism, and babble policy.


Leigh wrote:

No. You could read the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, or threads at babble with references. It's been discussed.

No. You could read babble's policy and realize that this is not a venue for anti-communist/socialist remarks.


History, when taken from the point of view of the oppressed, might help to clarify Lenin's significant place in it.  As the First World War was winding down, Russia was invaded by the western imperial powers, ably assisted by Canada and Imperial Japan; all of whom inexplicably hadn't before or ever since obtained their fill of war to that point; just as the oppressed in Russia were trying to consolidate a completely justified revolt against their monstrously cruel hereditary rulers.  The oppressed population was under threat from all sides, externally and internally as well by elements supported by the western and Japanese imperial mercantile.  Had this imperialist constellation succeeded, thousands, if not millions would have been stood against a wall for having the gall to raise their objections in such a way against a gang of blue blooded parasites.  Two faced imperialism attempted to deny to Russians what they insisted on for Germany in 1918, which was the overthrow of the monarchy, cousins no less of that useless chap in Buckingham Palace at the time.  The concept of a world wide revolt and a new and universal form of economy that didn't have to divert the bulk of its production into defending itself from such parasites was a solid one at the time.  New forms of thought have since emerged of course, which had the merit of bringing forward new questions for consideration about how such an economy and globalized society would ultimately differ from what it sought to replace.


The Chicago NATO Summit: Preview and Perspective (and vid)

"...By now it is commonly understood to be an extension of the Pentagon itself, a convenient international military instrument for Washington to wield 'whenever the pretense of an international consensus cannot be achieved at the UN Security Council. James Corbett, Rick Rozoff, Julio Rausseo.."

NATO Heads for Chicago - by Stephen Lendman

"A $100 Million NATO invasion is coming. Low intensity conflict may follow. The 'City of Broad Shoulders' may get more than it bargained for.."

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NATO Week of Actions


Spokespeople for protests and other actions planned around Chicago's upcoming NATO summit offer a preview of their plans and identify resources for journalists


More here;

"They meet on behalf of the 1% of the world, the rich and the powerful, the bankers and generals.."

US Demonizes Islam to Sell Weaponry to World: Analyst (and vid)

"The US has embarked on inciting Islamophobia in an attempt to create a global market for its arms production, an American political analyst tells Press TV." Interview with Ralph Schoenman


anyone could see that theoretically, some self-described 'socialists' and 'communists' had some good ideas. definitions of 'socialist' and 'communist' are very diverse; and it is wrong to give any 'ism' carte blanche, particularly at a site that purports to value human rights.  it is also wrong to describe history without considering the diverse experience of peoples living under the control of Russia at the time.

[edited to add:]

it is also wrong for police to attack peaceful dissent, to use sound cannons, lasers, intimidation, arbitrary arrests, batons, physical assault,or any other aggression, as it was wrong for Lenin, Trotsky, and Stalin, and those under them, to attack civilians who didn't agree with their 'isms'.  dialogue, rather than aggression.  many wrongs don't make a 'right', nor a 'left', only much suffering all 'round.


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What part of the following do you not understand?

Rebecca West wrote:

You could read babble's policy and realize that this is not a venue for anti-communist/socialist remarks.

Or are you looking to get banned form babble a second time?


US Commits Crimes Under NATO Disguise: Gordon Duff (and vid)

"A prominent political analyst tells Press TV that the US-led western countries commit organized crimes under disguise of NATO in different parts of the world.."


4 Anti-NATO Protesters Arrested in Chicago

"Four anti-NATO protesters have been arrested at a demonstration outside a Chicago immigration court, just days before a two-day NATO summit kicks off in the city. Police made the arrests when around 100 people gathered outside the court on Tuesday to protest against US Wars, economic injustice, and the country's immigration policy. A Chicago priest from Our Lady of Guadalupe Anglican Mission and a woman were among those arrested.."


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