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As Clinton and Trump Hail Militarism, A Peace Conference Gathers



The presidential candidates from the Democratic and Republican parties are trading aggressive language. Hillary Clinton states that the U.S. needs to be “standing up to aggressors,” and we need to “toughen our defenses,” while Donald Trump is saying “American strength is the only way to ensure peace. We must rebuild our military.”

Yesterday (Sept. 21)  was the International Day of Peace and #iInternationalDayOfPeace was a major trending topic on social media.

The following analysts will be among the many speakers at the conference No War 2016: Real Security Without Terrorism at American University, which will be live-streamed and begins on Friday.

DAVID VINE vine[at]
Vine is a professor at American University and author of the book Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World. His pieces include “Enduring Bases, Enduring War in the Middle East.”

ALICE SLATER, alicejslater[at]
Slater is with the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and the Abolition 2000 coordinating committee.

Her articles include “What a 21st-Century Peace Movement Looks Like,” which argues: “It’s time to address both the violence of militarism abroad and policing at home.”

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons reports: “Austria announces UN General Assembly resolution to prohibit nuclear weapons in 2017.”

Her pieces also include “Challenging the New Cold War,” which statess: “As NATO plans for a new Cold War, some Western dissidents are questioning the scare-mongering about Russia and the rationale for this expensive and dangerous revival.”

Slater has been on news releases including “Why is Russia Expanding Its Nuclear Arsenal?” in which she stated: “What’s going on here is we’ve pursued an aggressive posture, expanding NATO right up to Russia’s border, moving troops into eastern Europe, walking out of the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and planting missiles in Turkey, Poland and Romania. Now quite predictably, Russia is pushing back. Some people don’t see it because Russia has been demonized in much of the media.

“The Obama administration has announced that the U.S. government will be spending $1 trillion dollars over the next 30 years for two new bomb factories, planes, missiles and submarines to deliver new nuclear weapons. That’s totally inconsistent with its pledge under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to move toward disarmament.”