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WAR TALK – state of play June 2021

War preparations accelerate

by Brian Boyd

“They have an overall goal to become the leading country in the world…That’s not going to happen on my watch.” (US president Joe Biden at a press conference, March 2021.)

“Be prepared to respond…[and focus on]… combat readiness”. (Chinese president Xi Jinping at a meeting of PLA military leaders, March 2021.)

Introduction

US_China_go_to_war.jpg - 8.97 KBDespite the Covid-19 pandemic continuing to rage across the globe, rolling on from 2020 and into 2021, war talk - and more worryingly - war preparations by the great power blocs, is on the increase. The two main economic, strategic competitors, the US and China, are particularly involved in this escalating arms race.

It is more important than ever that an articulate and meaningful pro-peace/anti-war narrative be developed for and by the Australian people. The pro-war hawk elite centred in Canberra, embedded within certain think tanks, sections of academia and most of the monopoly media, are generating almost daily diatribes that beat the ‘war drums’ on behalf of one particular power bloc, the US superpower.

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Armed Neutrality: an alternative, principled defence policy to safeguard an independent Australia, keep us out of wars and promote peace- Part 2

by Bevan Ramsden

Bevan Ramsden is an ex-telecommunications engineer and a long-time peace activist and advocates for Australia’s independence. He has been a member of the coordinating committee of the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network) IPAN) for a number of years and is editor of their monthly publication, Voice.

Keep US out War.jpg - 8.25 KBArmed Neutrality provides an alternative defence policy which would safeguard continental Australia, keep us out of wars and promote peace. It is strategically feasible and cost effective but would require investment in rebuilding our manufacturing base, restructuring the ADF and removing foreign bases from our soil in a series of steps.

In Part 1 of this article, the arguments for moving away from dependence on a foreign power for defence were made and the concept of armed neutrality as an alternative introduced. This article examines the feasibility and costs of making such a change and the steps to be undertaken to introduce it.

The Swiss have practiced armed neutrality for many years and it has kept them out of wars and safeguarded their national independence and sovereignty. In Switzerland, armed defence, civil defence and the economy are closely inter-meshed and the entire population is involved in various ways.

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SoE statement on the present situation in Palestine and Israel

Logo_Transparent.png - 1.05 MBThe present outbreak of violent clashes in East Jerusalem and Gaza have been triggered by Israel’s brutal and violent evictions of Palestinian families from their homes in East Jerusalem and the simultaneously co-ordinated attacks by Israeli police on hundreds of peaceful worshippers in Al Aqsa Mosque.  Twenty-four people, including nine children, have been killed and more than 600 injured by Israelis heavy bombing of Gaza.  The outrage is spreading across West Bank and Israel.

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4 July Rallies In Aust - No War With China

Adelaide - Rally for Peace and for Staying out of US Wars

SUNDAY, JULY 4, 2021 AT 1 PM - North Terrace War Memorial, City

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As the USA and its misguided allies foment tensions with China, the spectre of war looms closer. The pro-US right-wing forces in Australia are incessantly "beating the drums of war".

We need to make it clear that the majority of Australians have no appetite for another senseless war. Especially a war which will most likely be like no other. The rally is being organized by the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network SA (IPAN SA).
 
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Melbourne - Keep Australia out of US Wars With China

Sunday, 3rd July, 2021 AT 9.30 AM - 12.30 AM - Queen Victoria Market
 
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Join IPAN Victoria and many other organisations for a leaflet handout and public discussion on Australia's role in U.S. led wars and the need for peace. Today, the U.S. is the biggest global military power with close to 1,000 military bases and hundreds of thousands of troops stationed around the world, including Australia.

We have followed the U.S. into war time and time again, with only bloodshed to show for it. Now is the time to talk about how Australia can become a truly independent and peaceful country. We hope to see you down at the Victoria Market in Melbourne near the main car park.
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Sydney - No War With China

SUNDAY, JULY 4, 2021 AT 1:30 PM - Sydney Town Hall

No War With China.jpg - 23.70 KBSupported by: Independent Peaceful Australia Network; Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition; Sydney Stop the War Coalition; Marrickville Peace Group; Sydney Peace and Justice Coalition; Women's International League for Peace and Freedom; People for Nuclear Disarmament; Pax Christi; The Greens NSW, Communist Party of Australia; Socialist Alliance; Maritime Union of Australia (Sydney branch); Spirit of Eureka (NSW).

Email Nick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to add your organisation's support.

 

 

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Armed Neutrality: an alternative, principled defence policy to safeguard an independent Australia, keep us out of wars and promote peace - Part 1

by Bevan Ramsden

Bevan Ramsden is an ex-telecommunications engineer and a long-time peace activist and advocates for Australia’s independence. He is a member of the coordinating committee of the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN)

Armed Neutrality.jpg - 5.32 KBAustralia’s defence policy has for decades been based on dependence on a foreign power with foreign policy subservience to it. This policy has led Australia into disastrous wars and with the establishment of their military bases on our soil, led to loss of our sovereignty. Would an alternative defence policy based on armed neutrality help us regain our national sovereignty, safeguard continental Australia and promote peace? 

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