A few dozens of political leaders and prominent figures of the ‘other Syrian opposition’ gathered in Geneva to plead for a non-violent transition to a democratic and secular Syria. According to the organizers it is the first international conference of the Syrian popular and peaceful civil movement that aspires

dinsdag 29 januari 2013 - Soetkin Van Muylem
Drums of war in Syria

Foto: Voice of America News: Scott Bob report from Azaz, Syria.


Syria is going downwards on a steep slope. The armed confrontation between the Syrian army and the armed opposition is sparing no one: 40,000 deaths, 200,000 injured, dozens of destroyed villages and various hundred of thousands refugees. The only recipe that regional and international big powers can think of...

woensdag 19 december 2012 - Ludo De Brabander
Nobel Peace prize for European Union

Today, december 10 2012, the European Union was officially awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

maandag 10 december 2012 - Georges Spriet
Military Expenditure Trends

Foto: Petty Officer 2nd Class Ted Green, U.S. Navy


SIPRI is an independent international institute dedicated to research into conflict, armaments, arms control and disarmament. One of the things it is best known for is its annual publication every April of military expenditures.

maandag 19 november 2012 - Jennifer Brauner
Economic crisis, and still high(er) armament budgets?

Foto: Lionel Allorge on wikipedia


Since 2008 the world has been hit hard by the economic and financial crisis. Government expenditures are being severely cut on a global scale with harsh social consequences. Notwithstanding the smaller official budgets the military spending is hardly concerned by the cuts.

woensdag 07 november 2012 - Ludo De Brabander
Disarm to Develop: Hang the Peace Flag on September the 21st

Foto: Vrede vzw


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

Foto: MK on wikipedia


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

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”

Foto: Bart Lasuy

(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

Foto: Julo on flickr

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


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

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

Foto: US National archives and records administration


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

Foto: Vardion on Wikipedia Commons


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


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


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