Edinburgh: 5.30 – 6.30pm at the Wellington Statue, East End of Princes Street – Thursday 9th January Glasgow: Monday 6 January, 5.30pm, Royal Concert Hall steps, Top of Buchanan Street The assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani is an act of war by Donald Trump. The act was carried out in Baghdad, violating all agreements with the Iraqi government. Both Iran and Iraq will retaliate. Trump … Continue reading No War With Iran
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
You can download the leaflet here. Continue reading Leaflet for NATO vigil
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”
Medea Benjamin from US peace campaign Code Pink spoke to Edinburgh Stop the War on Friday 26th July Continue reading Medea Benjamin on Trump’s push for war with Iran
Tuesday June 4th, 5pm – 7pm by St Giles Cathedral on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh. Trump is in London for a state visit on 3rd and 4th June. At the same time the British government is lining up behind is threats to launch a war with Iran. Assemble to show your opposition to Trump and his drive to war and solidarity with those marching in … Continue reading Protest at Trump’s visit
We demonstrated at the US Consulate in Edinburgh on 7th February to say Trump and the US – Out of Venezuela. It is a disgrace that the UK, EU, Canada and others are backing US sponsored regime change. It is the right of the Venezuelan people, and theirs alone, to decide what happens in their country. Stop the War was formed to oppose military interventions … Continue reading Hands off Venezuela
Israeli strikes on Iranian targets in Syria are a worrying escalation for the region and the world. Such strikes have been occurring now for several years but what makes these latest bombing raids extraordinary is Israel’s public admission that it was behind them. Netanyahu said “we will strike at anyone who tried to harm us. Whoever threatens to eliminate us, bears full responsibility.” This may … Continue reading Israeli Strikes on Iran – A Sign of What’s to Come?
Some photos of the march from the Scottish Parliament and the Carnival of Resistance at the Meadows Photos by Pete Cannell – CC0 Continue reading Photos from the Edinburgh Stop Trump Demo
In just the first year of Trump in office, the US dropped more than half the number of bombs that have been dropped in the entire eight years of the Bush administration. He also introduced a ban targeting people from eight predominantly Muslim countries. He trampled over Palestinian rights, is on a war path with Iran (having ended the nuclear deal with that country), and … Continue reading Glasgow Stop the War