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Saturday, 1 February 2014

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Scrap Trident
Say NO to NATO
Stop the War sees scrapping Trident and being out of NATO as interlinked.
NATO is a nuclear club with a fi rst nuclear strike policy.
For twelve years NATO has been conducting the war in Afghanistan where
tens of thousands of civilians have died and three million people have become
refugees. Most recently it was the military coalition, which the US tried
to mobilise to legitimate the bombing of Syria.
A decade of popular protest and campaigning led to the historic vote at Westminster
not to bomb Syria. Stop the War is convinced that popular mobilization is the
key to removing Trident for good. Campaign for No to Trident AND No to Nato.

In 2014 the UK government will invest tens of millions in a ‘celebration’ of the
First World War. Stop the War has launched the No Glory In War Campaign
and in Scotland we are working with a wide range of other organisations to
ensure that there is a grass roots response that links the carnage of 1914-18
with the policy that gives rise to war today. We are planning cultural events,
poetry, music and exhibitions; murals and banners; a Scottish No Glory website;
meetings and political debate.

If you can get involved in any way – with
ideas, activism and skills please contact us at glasgowstopwar@gmail.com

Check out the No Glory in War website www.noglory.org


Monday, 9 December 2013

Jeremy Corbyn MP

On 12th December Glasgow CND is holding a public meeting entitled ‘It’s time for a Nuclear-Free Middle East’.
The speaker will be CND vice-chair Jeremy Corbyn MP. Jeremy will explore the armed conflict in Syria and the social upheavals in Egypt in the context of the campaign for freedom, justice and statehood for the people of Palestine. In particular, he will highlight the ongoing threat posed by weapons of mass destruction in the region.
At a time when Syria’s chemical weapons are being destroyed by UN inspectors and Iran has agreed to negotiations over its nuclear power programme, surely it is time for Israel - the only nuclear weapons state in the region - to come clean about its nuclear arsenal and place them under international supervision and control.

STUC Glasgow

333 Woodlands Road
G3 6NG
Glasgow
FULL DETAILS
http://www.banthebomb.org/index.php/component/eventlist/details/446-nuclear-free-middle-east-meeting

Monday, 9 September 2013


CUT WAR NOT WELFARE
THE FIGHT AGAINST AUSTERITY IS THE FIGHT FOR PEACE

Stop the War has opposed the wars on Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan,
Libya and elsewhere because they will only bring death
and destruction to the countries attacked. But the government
is spending huge sums on wars at the same time it is cutting at least
£80 billion from public expenditure. There is no area of public life that
will not be affected, and the tragedy of austerity is already hitting
communities up and down the country. But there will be no cuts in
the cost of waging wars in foreign lands.
We have now had more than ten years of Britain fighting unjustified
wars in other people’s countries. The government insists there is no
alternative to the slashing of welfare provision for the most vulnerable
in our society, whether it be the bedroom tax (£465 million a
year), cuts in disability allowance (£2.2 billion a year) or cuts in the
National Health Service (£20 billion by 2015).
But there is an alternative. None of the cuts would be necessary if the
huge sums Britain spends on its military and armaments were invested
in providing for social need instead of the government’s war
machine.

The war machine

Britain spends £43.3 billion a year on its military — the fourth biggest
military budget in the world, and by a long way the largest in the EU.

Military hardware

Britain is spending £7 billion building two huge new aircraft carriers,
even though it has no planes that will be able to use them. It is estimated
that buying planes for these carriers would cost £30 billion.
This is not stopping the government spending £15 billion buying 150 F
-35 jets, which can't be used on the carriers, each of which will cost
over £100 million.

Syria, Mali and Iran

Britain is spending over £12 million every day on the Afghanistan war.
This is a war which was never justified and everyone knows is unwinnable.
Successive governments have learned nothing, and now the
Tory-led coalition is intervening in the Syrian civil war and supported
France’s intervention in Mali. All the while Britain stands with the US
in threatening an attack on Iran.

Trident Nuclear Missiles

Britain spends £3 billion a year on maintaining the Trident nuclear
weapons system. The supporters of Trident are unable to say who the
enemy is that is being "deterred" by these ultimate weapons of mass
destruction, which are widely recognised as unusable because of their
potential to destroy the whole world.

The arms industry

Britain is one of the biggest arms dealers in the world. The government
spends £700 million a year on subsidies to the arms companies
— one form of welfare it has no plans to cut.

Army recruitment

Britain's military spends £750 million a year on its campaign in
schools and local communities aimed at persuading young people to
join the army while hiding the reality that as soldiers they will be
trained to kill and be killed in other people countries.

Social costs of war

If Britain stopped sending young men and women to fight in unjustified
wars, we would not have the huge costs in supporting the medical
and psychological needs of soldiers who have been severely injured
— often losing limbs or eyes — or traumatised. Added to this is
the cost of jailing ex-soldiers, who are one in 10 of the total prison
population. There are more ex-soldiers in prison than there are fighting
in Afghanistan.
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Thursday, 29 August 2013

HANDS OFF SYRIA

NO TO THE BOMBING OF SYRIA - NO TO WESTERN INTERVENTION

Saturday 31 August, 12 noon

@ Donald Dewar Statue,
top of Buchanan St, Glasgow.




STW Statement on Syria
The Stop the War Coalition strongly opposes any military attack on Syria. While we oppose all use of chemical weapons, the latest alleged such attack in Damascus should not be used as a pretext for further exacerbating an already bloody civil war.
It seems that the Western governments have already made up their minds about this attack before it has even been reported on by UN weapons inspectors. They are demanding that ‘something must be done’ even though their record of ‘doing something’ has been nothing short of catastrophic.
There have been numerous western interventions in the Middle East and South Asia over the past 12 years. While the attacks on Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya were all argued for on humanitarian grounds, they have all increased the levels of killing and misery for the ordinary people of those countries. They were in reality all about regime change. This is also what Syria is about.
The same people who brought us those wars have learnt nothing from their mistakes. Now the US, Britain, France and their allies in Turkey and Saudi Arabia are pushing for air strikes. The misnamed envoy for peace in the Middle East, Tony Blair, is once again urging an attack.
Such an attack will have no basis in international law, nor will it have any moral force, despite claims by US Secretary of State John Kerry, from governments who in the past supplied Saddam Hussein with chemical weapons and who have used depleted uranium and white phosphorus in Iraq.
The truth is that this latest plan is about intervening to reshape the Middle East in the strategic interests of the West. Military intervention will make a solution to this complex civil war even more difficult and will be a direct violation of the agreements made at the recent G8 meeting to attempt to resolve this war by an International Conference.
We will be protesting and campaigning against any attack and demand that the British government listen to public opinion, as expressed in recent polls, and play no part in any such attack.
27 August 2013.

Thursday, 15 August 2013



Glasgow Stop the War: Aug 2013

1) Oppose the Islamophobia of the Scottish Defence League - Sat 17 August

2) New Book - Soldier Box by Joe Glenton

3) Stop the War Annual General Conference - Sat 14th September




1) Oppose the Islamophobia of the Scottish Defence League - Sat 17 August



Glasgow Stop the War opposes the Islamophobia of the Scottish Defence League – please read this important message from Edinburgh Against the Racist SDL

If you would like to travel threw for the demonstration email: uafglasgow@gmail.com for transport options.

If you would like to add your name to our statement below please “Like” it on our facebook page "Edinburgh Against Racist SDL" and share or email us: uafedinburgh@riseup.net

MULTI-CULTURAL FESTIVAL - MULTI-CULTURAL CITY
The racist and fascists of the Scottish Defence League (SDL) are to march through the centre of Edinburgh during the Edinburgh Festival on Saturday 17 August.

After the tragic murder of soldier Lee Rigby organisations such as the SDL have been trying to use this to whip up racism and direct hatred against all Muslims.

We must not give an inch to those who try to judge an entire religion, race or nationality on the actions of a few. We do not hold all Norwegian Christians responsible for the actions of Anders Breivik whose rampage in 2011 left 77 people dead.

Unite Against Fascism (UAF) condemns the SDL’s attempts to use demonstrations to stir up racial hatred. Wherever the SDL go attacks on Muslims and other communities follow.

The Edinburgh Festival is a celebration of our rich cultural diversity. Tourists and local people do not want
racist and fascist thugs on our streets.

Unfortunately they have been given permission by the police and council to march. Malcolm Chisholm
MSP said – “I am very sorry that permission has been granted for the SDL march and believe it is now more important than ever that there is a massive counter demonstration against these purveyors of hate who are not welcome in multicultural Edinburgh.

We pledge to stand together with our brothers and sisters of all communities to defend our multi-
cultural city. We support the march and protest organised by Unite Against Fascism on Saturday 17 August at midday, assemble Chambers Street.


2) New Book - Soldier Box by Joe Glenton



3) Reminder: Stop the War Annual General Conference - 14th September

The annual general conference will be a chance for the whole of the Stop the War membership to discuss the complexity of the new forms of war we have witnessed, to plan further action and to debate how best to strengthen the anti war arguments and organisation.

Practicalities

The conference will take place on Saturday September 14th from 10 - 5pm at The Old Cinema University of Westminster 309 Regent St W1B 2UW.

How to register

Stop the War groups can send up to four delegates and other affiliated groups can send two delegates.
Conference is also open to individual members. Members must be paying a monthly or annual subscription - if in doubt please get in touch to check your membership status. Members who joined before 15th of July 2013 have full voting and speaking rights. Members who joined after this date can take part as observers.

All delegates must register by Friday 7th of September. Registration costs: £10 standard / £5 concessions.

To book call 020 7561 4830 or email office@stopwar.org.uk 

Discussion and resolutions

The conference will discuss the general state of the war on terror, movement priorities and how best to organise locally. STW groups and affiliated organisations can submit one resolution per organisation. The deadline for submission is Friday 30th of August.

If you would like to attend email glasgowstopwar@gmail.com