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Disarm to Develop: Hang the Peace Flag on September the 21st

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The world spent 1,74 trillion dollar on military and defense in 2011. This sum is unacceptably high and stands in sharp contrast to the worldwide spending on development aid, which is not even a tenth of this amount.

vrijdag 14 september 2012 - Ludo De Brabander
Expeditionary force

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Although we live in times of crisis, the Belgian government still finds 242 million euro in the budget year 2012 to invest in military equipment. For the year to come the Minister of Defense, Pieter De Crem, assigns 212 million euro to his investment plan.

dinsdag 11 september 2012 - Ludo De Brabander
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The Palestinian National Committee on Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions launched in the summer of 2010 a call for an international campaign which should lead to a military embargo against Israel.

woensdag 18 juli 2012 - Ludo De Brabander
“All those who have power will in the end come to misuse it”

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(extract of an) interview with professor Ruddy Doom (Third World Studies, Ghent University) by Ludo De Brabander (Vrede) en Danny Claes (Intal) for the Flemish bimonthly “Vrede”.

maandag 11 juni 2012 - Ludo De Brabander and Danny Claes
Military Intervention is not the solution

Beeld: Latuff

The fiascos of intervention in Afghanistan and Iraq discredited the notion of humanitarian militarism. The recent war in Libya has, however, put wind back into the sails of those who advocate military intervention in pursuit of liberal or humanitarian objectives. Calls for military action in Syria are getting louder, and Iran is also increasingly being viewed through the crosshairs.

woensdag 16 mei 2012 - Ludo De Brabander
NATO in crisis

Beeld: NATO

May 20 and 21 the NATO-circus calls at Chicago for the biggest summit in NATO's history, according to its secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Stakes are high, Rasmussen said, for very important decisions are to be made about NATO's future. Three headlines pop up: Afghanistan, capacities and resources, and reinforcing the network with international partners.

vrijdag 11 mei 2012 - Ludo De Brabander
Remodeling the Belgian army in function of NATO wars

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The Belgian chief of staff, M. Delcour, resigned on March 29 not just because of some row over appointments or linguistic disputes. The discussion with his minister of defense, Pieter De Crem, dealt with the new role of the Belgian army within NATO. The New Strategic Concept of Lisbon 2010 foresees a profound transformation of the military in all of the allied countries.

donderdag 03 mei 2012 - Claudine Pôlet
Don't make Syria become a second Iraq

Beeld: Latuff

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Belgian former prime minister, Guy Verhofstadt is today the leader of ALDE group, the liberal faction in European Parliament. Mid February 2012 he launched a plea for humanitarian intervention in Syria. He favors material and financial support for the opposition, eventually including weapons.

donderdag 15 maart 2012 - Ludo De Brabander
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Was NATO's war in Libya really a humanitarian intervention? Can a military operation be humanitarian at all? In 2005 the UN agreed upon the principle that states have a responsibility to protect (R2P) civilians in case of severe human rights violations. Sovereignty of states is thus not unlimited. A principle that seems to look nice at first sight.

maandag 05 maart 2012 - Ludo De Brabander
Belgian Minister forgets the governmental agreement on nuclear arms

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February 20, 2012, a delegation of the Belgian peace movement (French speaking umbrella organisation CNAPD and the Flemish movements Vredesactie and Vrede vzw) had a meeting at the cabinet of the new Minister of Foreign Affairs, Didier Reynders, to talk about the Belgian position on nuclear weapons.

maandag 27 februari 2012 - Pieter Teirlinck
Report from Syria

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I travelled as a tourist to Syria, had no trouble to stroll around in Damascus and went on my own to Hama. After a short stay (third week of January 2012) I came home with a nuanced story over a complex situation.

zaterdag 28 januari 2012 - Ludo De Brabander
Belgian government declaration: empty prose on defense and foreign affairs.

U.S. Government Works

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It took 541 days to put the new Belgian government together as a coalition with six parties. As peace movement we looked forward to see what the chapters in the government declaration on foreign affairs and defense would bring us.

woensdag 21 december 2011 - Ludo De Brabander
Crisis and war

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Jean Verstappen (Rencontres pour la paix)

woensdag 14 december 2011 - Jean Verstappen
Palestinian UNESCO Membership: A Disgusting Soap

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The theatrical pose of the US and Israel on the Palestinian initiatives to apply for membership of the United Nations Organization first and then of UNESCO - the UN agency for education, science and culture - is unprecedented and grew to absurd proportions.

zaterdag 19 november 2011 - Ludo De Brabander
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With the ice-cap melting, a competition between the northern countries has started over the Arctic zone. At stake is its potential mineral wealth that is nearing its point of exploitation thanks to the warming up of the earth. Diplomatic rivalry is underpinned by military developments.

donderdag 10 november 2011 - Georges Spriet
Building missile shield: unclear threat, unknown cost

Beeld: Als de NAVO de passie preekt door Ludo De Brabander en Georges Spriet, uitgeverij EPO

NATO plans for a phased deployment of a European anti-missile defense system are moving forward, with Turkey and Romania having signed deals to host crucial elements of the system.

The US and Turkey signed a memorandum on Wednesday on the deployment of an American radar station in the east of the country as part of the NATO-backed missile defense system (AMD).

woensdag 14 september 2011 - Ludo De Brabander
Libya: payback time

Beeld: Latuff

Libya too got confronted with the popular strive for more political rights and freedoms. Although the Libyan people's standard of living is among the top in Africa, and although life expectancy is somewhat equal to Belgium, the Qadhafi regime in these four decades showed to be very authoritarian, sometimes with some clownish aspects.

maandag 12 september 2011 - Ludo De Brabander
Shameful support for Israeli Gaza embargo

Beeld: Mohammed Hassona

In recent years Israel has been confronted with a new phenomenon : a very active international solidarity movement defending the rights of the Palestinians. The international BDS movement – boycott, divestment, sanctions - feels inspired by the campaigns against then apartheid South Africa.

dinsdag 19 juli 2011 - Ludo De Brabander

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