2015 WSC Peacemaker Award Gala

“Peace, Nuclear Disarmament, Civil Rights: The Connection.”
2015 William Sloane Coffin Peacemaker Award Gala
Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 6 – 10 PM
All Souls Church, 1157 Lexington Avenue (between 79th and 80th Streets)

Honoree: Rev. Herbert Daughtry, “The People’s Pastor”
Keynote Speaker: The Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou
Don Shaffer Student Peacemaker Award, to an outstanding student chapter in our Peace Action NYS network.

Special Presentation by Vincent J. Intondi, author African Americans Against the Bomb: Nuclear Weapons, Colonialism, and the Black Freedom Movement

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National Day of Action to Support the Iran Deal

 

Peace Action activists across the country participated in the National Day of Action to Support the Iran Deal. Here are some of the actions taken by Peace Action New York State:

BUFFALO
On Wednesday August 26 in Buffalo a contingent of 30+ people representing co-sponsoring organizations, Upstate Drone Action; Veterans for Peace; PeaceJam Buffalo; Pax Christi of WNY; Move On; Jewish Voices for Peace; Interfaith Peace Network of WNY; Indigenous Women’s Initiatives; Credo; Citizen Action of NY; CodePink; Buffalo Anti-Racism Coalition; and many others staged an action in front of Senator Schumer’s Buffalo office.
 Together they staged an action criticizing him for his stance against the Iranian Deal, and his warmongering comments. they called upon Sen. Schumer to support the Diplomacy that brought forth the Iranian Deal, noting the deal puts us on a path of Peace, blocks Iran from producing a nuclear bomb, and keeps the U.S. from going to war.
At the same time, a Thank You was extended to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand by all present for supporting the Iranian Deal. They noted that Sen. Gillibrand’s support helps move the U.S. and indeed the world towards the peace we all desire.
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A mock interview and delivery of petitions to Sen. Schumer was conducted (actor in a paper Schumer mask)

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A delegation attempted to deliver a load of petitions to Sen. Schumer’s office, but was unable due to late hour of the day.

 

There was media coverage by WBFO local NPR station which we will be posting soon.
LONG ISLAND
Senator Schumer Action: We rallied with Move On and the Long Island Alliance for Peace at Senator Chuck Schumer’s office in Melville. Over 60 attendees called on Senator Schumer to Vote YES! and support the Iran Deal, and Channel 12 news captured the protest on camera.
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 MANHATTAN
Representative Rangel Action: Peace Action New York State, Three Parks Independents, Granny Peace Brigade, Move On and others took action today at Noon at Representative Charlie Rangel’s office in Harlem.
We demonstrated and engaged with Assemblyman Keith Wright (pictured on the left) who has announced his candidacy to succeed Rangel.   Wright listened to our rationale for why the vote should be YES! but would not commit one way or the other.  He assured us that Representative Rangel will “do the right thing”.

 

 

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Peace Action Manhattan activist Florindo presented Rep. Rangel’s aide with a letter and petition signed by approximately 1000 people urging Rangel to vote YES! for the Iran agreement.

 

 

Rep. Jerry Nadler
At a location 2 blocks from Rep. Jerry Nadler’s office on Varick Street, about 50 people attended a rally to thank the Congressman for his support for the deal, which he announced last Friday.  It was a lively, energized group.  Arlene Geiger and Sally Jones were co-hosts.  People spoke, chanted, engaged passersby, showed our signs and banners to traffic, and distributed flyers.  NY1 and CBS were at the event and interviewed us.  Because of heavy security at the building where Nadler’s office is located, we could not send a delegation to the office.  However, Arlene was able to
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Checklist for August 26

You’ve Called Congress to Support the Iran Deal

Now Take Action on August 26!

Here is your checklist for taking action to support the Iran nuclear deal as it heads for a vote in Congress after Labor Day.  Peace Action and a number of national, state, and local organizations with the help of a Move-On tool have teamed up to support a No War With Iran Action Day on Wednesday, August 26th next week in front of Congressional offices.  Most events will take place at noon.  Below is a list of the TWENTY-FIVE (25!) events taking place around New York State.  

  • Are we missing an event in your area? If so, please email us at info@panys.org.
  • Do you want to a host an event in your area?  If so, use click here
  • Have you signed up for an event already?  If not, click here to sign up.
  • Have you called your Representative to ask them for their support of the Iran Deal?  If not, make your call today.  See the phone numbers below.
  • Have you called to thank Senator Gillibrand, Rep. Nadler, and Rep. Slaughter?  If not, make your call today.  See the phone numbers below.
SENATORS NUMBER IRAN DEAL Actions
Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) 202-224-4451 Supports Please thank her!
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) 202-224-6542 Opposes August 26 in Albany
August 26 in Peekskill
August 26 in Melville
August 26 at 4:45 PM at Syracuse Federal Bldg—-August 26, at 4 PM at 130 South Elmwood Ave in Buffalo

HOUSE REPRESENTATIVES

DISTRICT NAME NUMBER IRAN DEAL Actions
1 Rep. Lee Zeldin (R) 202-225-3826 Opposes
2 Rep. Pete King (R) 202-225-7896 Opposes
3 Rep. Steve Israel (D) 202-225-3335 Opposes
4 Rep. Kathleen Rice (D) 202-225-5516 Opposes
5 Rep. Gregory Meeks (D) 202-225-3461 Undeclared August 26 Noon
6 Rep. Grace Meng (D) 202-225-2601 Opposes August 26 Noon in Flushing
August 26 Noon in Forest Hills
7 Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D) 202-225-2361 Undeclared August 26 Noon BFP
8 Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D) 202-225-5936 Undeclared August 26 Noon BFP
9 Rep. Yvette Clarke (D) 202-225-6231 Undeclared August 26 Noon BFP
10 Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D) 202-225-5635 Supports – Please Thank Him! August 26 Noon PANYS
11 Rep. Daniel Donovan (R) 202-225-3371 Opposes August 26 Noon PASI
12 Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D) 202-225-7944 Undeclared August 26 Noon
13 Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D) 202-225-4365 Undeclared August 26 Noon163 West 125 St
14 Rep. Joseph Crowley (D) 202-225-3965 Undeclared August 26 Noon
15 Rep. Jose Serrano (D) 202-225-4361 Undeclared
16 Rep. Eliot Engel (D) 202-225-2464 Opposes
17 Rep. Nita Lowey (D) 202-225-6506 Opposes August 26 Noon – WESPAC
18 Rep. Sean Maloney (D) 202-225-5441 Undeclared August 26 Noon
19 Rep. Chris Gibson (R) 202-225-5614 Opposes
20 Rep. Paul Tonko (D) 202-225-5076 Supports

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21 Rep. Elise Stefanik (R) 202-225-4611 Opposes August 26 Noon
22 Rep. Richard Hanna (R) 202-225-3665 Undeclared August 26 Noon
23 Rep. Tom Reed (R) 202-225-3161 Opposes August 26 at 10 AM
24 Rep. John Katko (R) 202-225-3701 Opposes August 26 at 4:45 PM at Syracuse Federal Bldg
25 Rep. Louise Slaughter (D) 202-225-3615 Supports – Please Thank Her August 26 at 4:30 PM
26 Rep. Brian Higgins (D) 202-225-3306 Undeclared TBA
27 Rep. Chris Collins (R) 202-225-5265 Opposes August 26 Noon
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Which side is your rep on?

schumer rally 3On July 14, the U.S. and its negotiating partners achieved a historic agreement to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran. This agreement will block every path to a nuclear weapon Iran may have in exchange for relief of sanctions imposed for their suspected nuclear weapons activities.

By September 17th, Congress is expected to express approval or disapproval of the deal. The survival of the agreement is at stake. Rejecting the deal could drive Iran towards a nuclear weapon and the U.S. towards war with Iran.

The highest priority right now is getting calls and emails of support from undecided members of Congress.  To contact your member of Congress to express your support for the deal, call the US Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121 or click HERE!

Both NY Senators have announced their positions on the Iran nuclear agreement — we should thank Senator Gillibrand and rebut Senator Schumer.   Please also thank Representatives Nadler and Slaughter for their support of the agreement.

But what about your Representative?  Most House members have not taken a public position.  Please find your representative below and call them TODAY (US Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121) to ask them to defend diplomacy with Iran.

Please report new information from your Representative to info@panys.org.

NEW YORK
Sen. Kristin Gillibrand (D) Support
Sen. Charles Schumer (D) Oppose

HOUSE
Rep. Yvette Clarke (D) 9 Undeclared
Rep. Chris Collins (R) 27 Oppose
Rep. Joseph Crowley (D)14 Undeclared
Rep. Daniel M. Donovan, Jr. (R) 11 Oppose
Rep. Eliot Engel (D) 16 Oppose
Rep. Chris Gibson 19 (R) Oppose
Rep. Richard L. Hanna 22 (R) Undeclared
Rep. Brian Higgins (D)26 Undeclared
Rep. Steve Israel (D) 3 Oppose
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D) 8 Undeclared
Rep. John Katko 24 (R) Oppose
Rep. Peter T. King 2 (R) Oppose
Rep. Nita Lowey (D) 17 Oppose
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D) 12 Undeclared
Rep. Sean Maloney (D) 18 Undeclared
Rep. Gregory Meeks (D)5 Undeclared
Rep. Grace Meng (D) 6 Oppose
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D)10 Support
Rep. Charles Rangel (D )13 Undeclared
Rep. Tom Reed 23 (R) Oppose
Rep. Kathleen Rice (D) 4 Oppose
Rep. Jose Serrano (D) 15 Undeclared
Rep. Louise Slaughter (D) 25 Support
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R) 21 Oppose
Rep. Paul Tonko (D) 20 Undeclared
Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D) Undeclared
Rep. Lee Zeldin (R) 1 Oppose

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CALL to be at SCHUMER’S OFFICE MONDAY, AUGUST 10th at NOON TO 1 PM

If you are in NYC and READY TO TAKE TO THE STREETS over Senator Schumer’s decision to vote against the Iran nuclear deal…Peace Action is asking that you join us outside his office on 780 Third Ave in Manhattan (between 48th and 49th Streets) this Monday, August 10th, from NOON to 1 PM.    
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PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD.
We will pass out flyers, collect signatures on petitions and postcards and ask people to call Senator Schumer to let him know that he has made the WRONG decision on this one.   There will be a lot of people on the streets at lunchtime.  The weather prediction is 78 F and sunny for that hour.
If you cannot be there yourself, please spread the word.
Please email info@panys.org, if you will be there.
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Hiroshima/Nagasaki Events

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Nuclear weapons must never again be used against any nation under any circumstance. The tragic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have given us insights into the devastating effects that nuclear weapons can have. In recognition of the 70th anniversary of the bombings, Peace Action and its affiliates will be holding events, vigils, and screenings of Nuclear Savage throughout New York State. See below for all events in New York State this August.

Conversations with Jim Anderson: Lawrence Wittner

Aug 04, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
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Larry Wittner will be on radio ‘Conversations with Jim Anderson’ which airs every Tuesday on WUFO 1080AM and can be listened to at wufoam.com (click listen live). He will discuss history of nuclear arms control & disarmament, role played by Peace Movement, where nuclear disarmament stands today,, the recent agreement with Iran, and extended invitation to attend his talk in Buffalo on Aug. 6th.

On Tuesday, August 11th Kevin Martin, Peace Action (National) will be on the show.

Nuclear Savage (2011) Writer and director Adam Jonas Horowitz

Aug 04, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM
Upper Hudson Peace Action Presents “Nuclear Savage”
Niskayuna Public Library, 2400 Nott St. E., Schenectady

Nuclear Savage (2011) Writer and director Adam Jonas Horowitz

http://www.nuclearsavage.com/ Featuring recently declassified U.S. government documents, survivor testimony, and unseen archival footage, Nuclear Savage uncovers one of the most troubling chapters in modern American history: how Marshall Islanders, considered an uncivilized culture, were deliberately used as human guinea pigs to study the effects of nuclear fallout on human beings.

Sponsored by Schenectady Neighbors for Peace. Information: elaineklein@hotmail.com

All films are free and open to the public.

Peace Gathering to Commemorate the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima & Nagasaki

Aug 05, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Peace Gathering to Commemorate the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima & Nagasaki
Japanese Consulate, 299 Park Avenue, 48th st and Park Ave, New York
Please join us, Wednesday August 5th, 12 noon, Japanese Consulate, 299 Park Avenue, 48th and Park Ave, NYC, to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, apologize for the catastrophic bombing of those cities, present a letter to the Japanese government supporting the people’s struggle to keep their peace constitution, reject US pressures on Japan to join its military alliance, give up the US nuclear umbrella and sign the Humanitarian Pledge, now supported by 113 non-nuclear nations to fill the legal gap for nuclear disarmament by banning and prohibiting nuclear weapons just as the world has done for biological and chemical weapons.

Upper Hudson Peace Action Presents “Message From Hiroshima”
Aug 05, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Upper Hudson Peace Action Presents “Message From Hiroshima”
Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave, Delmar

Message From Hiroshima (2015) Director, Masaaki Tanabe; narrator,George Takaei http://www.cinemalibrestudio.com/message-from-hiroshima/ This documentary provides an inside look at the devastating effects of the first atomic bomb dropped, as depicted in testimonials from survivors, and computer-generated recreations of the city and way of life that were lost.
Sponsored by Upper Hudson Peace Action Information: elaineklein@hotmail.com
All films are free and open to the public.

Annual GVCP Hiroshima/Nagasaki Candlelight Vigil

Aug 05, 2015 from 7:30 PM
Annual GVCP Hiroshima/Nagasaki Candlelight Vigil
Avon Traffic Circle, Routes 5 & 20, Avon, NY
This yearly event—our 41st year—is a very powerful, moving public statement of our dedication to peace and nuclear disarmament. This year is the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Please join us, and bring a friend! Note: Before the vigil, at 6:00 PM, some GVCP members will gather at Tom Wahl’s restaurant, 283 East Main St. (Routes 5 & 20) in Avon for a snack. All welcome!

Albany Reading of John Hersey’s “Hiroshima”

Aug 06, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Albany Reading of John Hersey’s “Hiroshima”
Townsend Park, Henry Johnson Blvd. & Central Ave., Albany, NY

The event is free and open to the public and the public is encouraged to join in the reading. Those interested in reading can sign up to participate when they arrive. Please bring folding chairs. Rain site is the Social Justice Center, 33 Central Ave., Albany.

On August 6, 1945 the United States of America used the atomic bomb for the first time to destroy the city of Hiroshima, Japan; on August 9, the U.S. used the atomic bomb again on Nagasaki, Japan. Over 200,000 people died immediately in the two bombings and over a hundred thousand more died in the following decades as a result of the effects of the radiation.
Hiroshima by John Hersey tells the story of the bombing on August 6, 1945 by following the story of six of the survivors. The book version has been in print since 1946.
Co-sponsored by the Poetry Motel Foundation, the Tom Paine Chapter Veterans for Peace, Upper Hudson Peace Action. For more information contact Dan Wilcox, 482-0262, dwlcx@earthlink.net.

Syracuse Annual Hiroshima Day Dramatic Procession

Aug 06, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Syracuse Annual Hiroshima Day Dramatic Procession
City Hall Commons, 201 E. Washington St, Syracuse, NY
Join us for our annual recommitment to nuclear disarmament. This year, along with Peace Action of CNY, we will ask our representatives in Congress and the Senate to defund nuclear weapons programs in favor of funding humans needs in the US.

Schenectady Peace Walk To Commemorate Atomic Bombings

Aug 06, 2015 from 5:00 PM
Schenectady Peace Walk To Commemorate Atomic Bombings
First Reformed Church N. Church St in the Schenectady Stockade, N. Church St, Schenectady, NY
Peace Walk To Commemorate Atomic Bombings

Schenectady Neighbors for Peace will mark the 70th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by gathering Aug. 6, beginning at 5 p.m. when we will gather at the First Reformed
Church on N. Church St in the Schenectady Stockade.

In front of the peace pole, we will share prayers, poems and song. We
will proceed to the next 6 peace poles in Schenectady, stopping at
each one for 10 minutes to remember the Japanese victims of the
nuclear bombings and to share our hope for worldwide nuclear
disarmament.

The walk proceeds to the First Methodist Church on State St, Union
College’s Jackson Gardens, the First Unitarian Universalist Church on
Wendell Ave, the Kateri Tekawitha Church on Upper Union St, the Temple Gates of Heaven on Ashmore Ave, and concludes at the peace pole in Central Park, on the hill near the Rose Garden.

We invite all concerned citizens to join us, and we encourage
congregants and leaders of these sites to meet us at the peace poles
and share thoughts or prayers with us.

“The Peace Pole project was begun in Japan as a grassroots community
project in 1975 and has grown into an international movement. It is
estimated there are 200,000 Peace Poles in the world. The message on
them, written in several languages, is May Peace Prevail On Earth.
They are recognized as the most prominent international symbol and
monument to peace.” – www.peacepoleproject.org

Hiroshima Day: The WNY Peace Center Present Lawrence Wittner

Aug 06, 2015 from 7:00 PM
Hiroshima Day: The WNY Peace Center Present Lawrence Wittner
Network of Religious Communities, 1272 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, New York
Lawrence Wittner is Professor of History emeritus at SUNY Albany. He began his career as a peace activist in the fall of 1961,
when he and other college students picketed the White House in an attempt to block resumption of U.S. nuclear weapons testing. Since then, he has participated in a great many peace movement ventures, and has served as president of the Peace History Society, as convener of the Peace History Commission of the International
Peace Research Association, and as a national board member of Peace Action, the largest grassroots peace organization in the United States.

In addition, he has been active in the racial equality and labor movements, and is currently executive secretary of the Albany County Central Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. A former co-editor of the journal, Peace & Change, he is also the author or editor of thirteen books, including Rebels Against War, The Biographical Dictionary of Modern Peace Leaders, Peace Action, Working for Peace and Justice, and the award-winning trilogy, The Struggle Against the Bomb. His hundreds of published articles and book reviews have appeared in journals, magazines, newspapers around the world. He has given lectures about peace and disarmament in dozens of nations, and has spoken about such issues at the Norwegian Nobel Institute and at the United Nations. “How Peace Activists Saved the World from Nuclear War.” The WNY Peace Center presents Lawrence Wittner.
WNYPC Telephone: 716 332-3904 – WNYPC.org

Peace Action of Staten Island Presents “Nuclear Savage”

Aug 06, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Peace Action of Staten Island Presents “Nuclear Savage”
Staten Island Museum, 75 Stuyvesant Place, Staten Island
Featuring recently declassified U.S. government documents, survivor testimony, and unseen archival footage, Nuclear Savage uncovers one of the most troubling chapters in modern American history: how Marshall Islanders, considered an uncivilized culture, were enrolled as human subjects in the top-secret Project 4.1 to study the effects of nuclear fallout on human beings. The film follows the islanders today as they continue to fight for justice and acknowledgement of what was done to them.
Suggested donation $5. Light refreshments.

This screening is part of the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the A-bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, sponsored by Peace Action of Staten Island and Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Church of Staten Island.

For more information contact pasi.contact@gmail.com or leave a message at 718-989-2881.

Long Island Hiroshima Commemoration with Amy Goodman

Aug 06, 2015 from 7:30 PM
Long Island Hiroshima Commemoration with Amy Goodman
Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock, 48 Shelter Rock Road, Manhasset, NY
Great Neck SANE/Peace Action, Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives and Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock invite you to join us for an EVENING OF REMEMBRANCE, RESISTANCE and ENGAGEMENT

Special Guest Speaker: AMY GOODMAN, Award-winning journalist and host of DemocracyNow

Music by WILLOW, Women’s Acapella Group
Conducted by Farah Chandu

Refreshments

Everyone welcome. Contributions voluntary.

For info: Great Neck Sane Peace Action,516-487-3786
LI Alliance, 516-741-4360 or UUCSR 472-2980

Bay Ridge Hiroshima Day Commemoration Walk and Vigil

Aug 08, 2015 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Bay Ridge Hiroshima Day Commemoration Walk and Vigil
Assembly Point, 4th Ave and 96th Street, Brooklyn, NY
ASSEMBLE ON 4TH AVE. BETWEEN 96TH & 97TH ST.
SOLEMN MARCH TO FOURTH AVE. & SHORE RD.
SILENT VIGIL FROM 2:00 PM TO 3:00 PM
Peace Action Bay Ridge Interfaith Peace Coalition
P.O. Box 090-756, Brooklyn, NY 11209-0756
peaceactionbayridge@yahoo.com; www.panys.org/BR
(646) 824-5506

Peace Action of Staten Island Sponsors 70th Anniversary Hiroshima-Nagasaki – Honoring the Hibakusha

Aug 09, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Peace Action of Staten Island Sponsors 70th Anniversary Hiroshima-Nagasaki – Honoring the Hibakusha
Unitarian Church of Staten Island Parish Hall, 312 Fillmore Street, Staten Island
Interactive Learning Stations for Adults and Children
Music by Young Musicians of Staten Island
Participatory Stories of the Hibakusha (the Survivors)
Light refreshments
Child care available
Sponsored by Peace Action of Staten Island, Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Church of Staten Island, ISLA
To volunteer or for more information email pasi.contact@gmail or call Sally 917-362-0897

Upper Hudson Peace Action Presents “The Ultimate Wish”

Aug 10, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Upper Hudson Peace Action Presents “The Ultimate Wish”
Albany Public Library, Pine Hills Branch, 517 Western Ave, Albany, NY

The Ultimate Wish (2012) Director, Robert Richter http://richtervideos.com/TheUltimateWish
Presents moving, unforgettable living witnesses who survived two of the world’s most momentous radiation crises: Nagasaki in 1945 and Fukushima in 2011. This film raises profound questions about war, American foreign policy, technological failure, the courage to survive and the importance of taking positive actions to prevent future nuclear disasters.

Sponsored by Upper Hudson Peace Action. Information: elaineklein@hotmail.com

All films are free and open to the public.  

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DRAWING BLOOD FROM A STONE: EASIER THAN BUILDING AN ECONOMY FROM GREEK OLIVES: A THOUGHT PIECE

The financial exploitation of Greece in recent years and Greece’s possible alignment with Russia have raised the question of whether Greece should remain in the Eurozone, take a temporary leave from the Eurozone, or be outright exiled from the EU. Allowing Greece’s GDP to become increasingly uplifted by German contributions only exacerbates relations with more powerful EU member-states, does not enforce accountability upon Greece, and further drive Greece towards economic relations with Russia.

Allowing Greece to remain within the Eurozone raises the issue of moral hazard, or when a country engages in high-risk behaviors with the knowledge that another state or organization will bear the brunt of the reaction. Greece’s continued employment of high-risk financial practices with bailouts from “lenders of last resort” such as the IMF only conditions the Greek government to continue its behavior. This is because even if organizations such as the World Bank deem further economic action as “unsustainable, Greece will be able to secure short-term funding to continue operating its banks and make minimal payments on already outstanding and maturing debts.  For persons within Greece, banking restrictions and other financial austerities still apply.

A Greek exit from the Eurozone, and a presumed return to the Drachma (the Greek currency before Greece entered the Eurozone), would relieve the Eurozone and the EU of many of the stresses caused by constant Greek loaning and the draconian repayment conditions that went with each loan, but could cause “shock therapy” in Greece’s already struggling economy. Shock therapy by exiting the Eurozone would cause Greece to endure the liquidation of many small business’ and personal assets, the possibility of at least a month of unpaid wages, and transferring local government funds to the central bank to maintain infrastructure.  However, Greece would be allowed to stay in the EU, which has geopolitical implications that would be disastrous if Greece were to be exiled from the EU.

A Greek exile from the EU would have massive trade implications for the EU. Not only would Greece be forced to endure shock therapy, but the possibility of Russia opening trade relations with Greece would ensue. Greece has already shown interest in joining the Eurasian Economic Union, an economic union comprised of Russia, Krgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Belarus, and Armenia, and has signed a 2 billion Euro economic treaty with Russia that would build a Gazprom pipeline from Russia to Greece.  A Greek exile would open up Mediterranean and Balkan ports to Russia, and allow for Russia to extend its economic sphere of influence further into Europe via a common Orthodox religion. Lastly, a Greek exile would be disastrous to weaker EU states because if Greece turns on the EU and NATO and aligns with Russia (and by extension provides ports, telecommunications, and other support), precedent would be set for other bailed out states such as Portugal and Spain to leave the EU due to lack of economic strength, and potentially compromise the EU’s economic legitimacy.

Allowing Germany to continue its economic colonization of Greece is exploitative to an economically weak state that had previously aided in canceling out half of Germany’s World War II debts in 1953. Conversely, excusing all of Greece’s debts sets a dangerous precedent that a country can behave with wanton disregard to contract law and the binding nature of treaties. Greece’s desire to engage in closer economic relations towards Russia, and Russia’s desire to gain improved access to Greece’s ports in the Mediterranean is a sign that Greece perceives itself as no longer welcome in the EU, and possibly NATO, and Russia is more than willing to expand its fledgling economic union into the west. Cancelling out Greece’s debts with the condition that Greece voluntarily leaves the Eurozone would reciprocate the forgiveness that Greece showed Germany, while allowing Greece to endure economic reforms without further hindering the legitimacy of the European Union. A fresh start provides Greece an incentive to reduce further relations with Russia, but also to show that while the EU will use economic force when necessary, it is to promote economic reform rather than economic recidivism and colonization.

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CYBERWAR AND THE NUCLEAR RISK

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Nuclear weapons and powerplants possess various risks to the general population such as radioactive fallout mutating and killing flora and fauna as radiation is emitted into the atmosphere and contacts plants and animalsi. Nuclear weapons cause this damage through fallout that exists as radioactive particles enter the atmosphereii, while nuclear powerplants possess risks through both natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamisiii, mechanical faults during testingiv. Cyberwarfare is a method in which attacks are launched by states or non-state actors through the use of personal computers and offshore serversv in order to compromise another state’s infrastructure. Cyberattacks have already been used to compromise the Natanz nuclear facility’s centrifuges in Iranvi, creating a proof-of-concept that cyberattacks can be used to attack nuclear facilities in “undesired” nuclear states. Additionally, cyberattacks have been used by large states as a replacement for war in NATO member-statesvii because NATO affords collective security under Article 5 of its charter. Cyberattacks have also been used in “hybrid warfare,” where they are used in conjunction with traditional attacks to further weaken the attacked state.viii For nuclear weapons that are already used in attacks, this opens a new means of compromising the mechanisms that control these weapons and prevent catastrophic failures of protection mechanism.

By analyzing the role of cyberattacks on nuclear weapons mechanisms and nuclear powerplants, this entry will demonstrate how cyberwarfare is a legitimate threat against the computer systems that control many of the nuclear power and weapons facilities throughout the world. Using the attack on Stuxnet as a proof-of-concept, I will demonstrate that attacks, should they go unchecked by security organizations, can have worldwide implications far greater than imagined by the general population. Thus, this entry shows that there is more to worry about than merely traditional attacks or mechanical failure, but rather an encrypted attack that is nearly impossible to trace.

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Judithpalooza! Photos – 4/27/15

 

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Peace And Planet- April 24-26, 2015


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