STUC Anti-Racist Rally

Tasneem Ali spoke on behalf of Stop the War Scotland at the rally following the STUC’s 2019 St Andrew’s Day Anti-Racist March Here’s the text of her speech. Lets take a quick look at the world we live in today. After years of the war on terror promising to make our world safer,  we find the world a much more dangerous place, whole regions devastated, … Continue reading STUC Anti-Racist Rally

NATO a critical issue in the General Election

Donald Trump will be back in London just a week before the general election, meeting up with Boris Johnson, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and other heads of state at the NATO summit. The event marks the 70th anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the world’s largest nuclear-armed military alliance. No doubt Johnson will be looking forward to meeting up with Trump again, but the event … Continue reading NATO a critical issue in the General Election

No to NATO: No to Trump

On the 3rd and 4th of December the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) will mark its 70th anniversary with a Heads of State Summit in London. With Donald Trump, Boris Johnson and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan set to attend this gathering of the world’s largest nuclear-armed military alliance, what John Pilger calls an ‘American invention designed to impose American power on Europe’.  Vigils  in solidarity with … Continue reading No to NATO: No to Trump

Stop Funding the End of the World

This week saw the launch of the 2019 edition of Don’t Bank on the Bomb’s ‘Stop Funding the End of the World’.  All nine nuclear weapons states are ‘modernising’ their nuclear weapons systems.  The report provides a detailed guide to the role of Scottish financial institutions, local authority pension funds and arms companies in this process.  It provides essential practical advice on how to campaign … Continue reading Stop Funding the End of the World

Nae Cash For Nukes

NAE CASH FOR NUKES! Divesting Scotland from nuclear weapons 6 for 6.30-8.30pm Tues 19 Nov, Edin Uni Law School, Quad Teaching Rm G158, Old College, South Bridge EH8 9YL. – Most Scots oppose nuclear weapons of mass destruction. – Scots banks / pension funds loan billions to weapons industry. – They fuel a new nuclear arms race – endangering us all. Come to the launch … Continue reading Nae Cash For Nukes

War and the Environment

The information in this post was compiled by activists from Edinburgh Stop the War for use as a presentation to a discussion at the 2019 Edinburgh World Justice Festival.    The largest polluter The largest industrial military in the history of the world, the US military is also the single biggest polluter on the planet. If the Pentagon were a country, it would be the … Continue reading War and the Environment

Protest against the NATO summit

It’s now eighteen years since 9/11. In that time more than a million have died as a result of the military action pursued by the US, Britain and it’s allies in the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan. Many more have been maimed and injured and perhaps 20 million have been displaced from their homes to become refugees. The latest twist in this grotesque saga is playing out in North West Syria.

The so-called ‘war on terror’ has devastated whole regions, wrecking lives and scarring the future of a whole generation; after 18 years the world is a much more dangerous place.

On occasion the UK Government’s actions have been curtailed by the strength of the anti-war movement.   But throughout this period Britain has been a loyal ally of the US.   Britain is still engaged in bombing in Iraq and Syria. You may have noticed a reference on the news that when the US troops withdrew from Rojava so did British soldiers. Soldiers we were told were not there!

Throughout the last 18 years British arms companies, supported and subsidised by the Westminster Government have made massive profits from fuelling war around the world.   Scotland has around 30% of the economic activity associated with this trade in death. And the Scottish government adds its own contribution to the subsidy that the companies receive. The Ferret reports that companies selling arms to Turkey have received £15 million in grants from Scottish Enterprise since 2007.

Boris Johnson’s response to the crisis of the British state is to cuddle closer still to the USA. On their part the US need British support to maintain their hold on NATO.

The NATO alliance claims it’s a partnership for security. On the contrary it serves the strategic interests of the US and the Western elites.

On the 3rd and 4th of December NATO will mark its 70th anniversary with a Heads of State Summit in London. With Donald Trump, Boris Johnson and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan set to attend this gathering of the world’s largest nuclear-armed military alliance.

Stop the War is working with other anti-war groups to ensure that there is large-scale opposition in London as they meet together with solidarity protests in Scotland. NATO membership is incompatible with a radical vision of a different Scotland.

There will be protests at midday on Tuesday 3rd December on solidarity with the protests in London:
Edinburgh – at the East End of Princes Street

Glasgow – venue to be confi Continue reading “Protest against the NATO summit”