Voices for Peace: New Book by Noam Chomsky, Cynthia McKinney, John Pilger, Kathy Kelly…

 

By PIPR

 

23 March 2015

 

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The Plymouth Institute for Peace Research is delighted to present Voices for Peace (www.pipr.co.uk/ebooks) , a collection of essays edited and co-authored by T.J. Coles. The book features original contributions from Cynthia McKinney, Noam Chomsky, and other leading activists and scholars. John Pilger, Ilan Pappé, Kathy Kelly, Michael J. Murphy, and William Blum, discuss a wide range of current issues, including the Charlie Hebdo attacks, drone wars, ISIS, Afghanistan, Ukraine, chemtrails/geo-engineering, the Israel-Palestine conflict, global militarism, space weapons, and resistance. Other authors include Robin Ramsay (who discusses Britain’s role in bolstering US hegemony), Brian Terrell, Patrick Leach, and Bruce K. Gagnon. From Kathy Kelly and Patrick Leach’s first-hand reporting in Afghanistan and Palestine, to Brian Terrell and Bruce Gagnon’s analyses of drone legality and US missile ‘defences’, Voices for Peace argues for solidarity, awareness-raising, and direct activism. It takes readers on a journey through the landscapes and perspectives shunned by the authorised, Western media and inspires with its stories of hope and courage.

 

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… 2014 proved to be a seminal year in international affairs. The ongoing centenary of the First World War demonstrates that elites have learned an important lesson: war pays. In his contribution to this volume, Professor Noam Chomsky shows us the ideologies connecting WWI, Iraq, and Ukraine.

     As the centenary continues, NATO expands its presence in and around Ukraine, provoking a potentially catastrophic reaction from Russia, which sees America’s involvement as further proof of US imperial designs. The fact that both sides have nuclear weapons is serious enough, but when we consider: 1) that military documents anticipate that ‘nuclear possession may lead to greater adventurism and irresponsible conventional and irregular behaviour, to the point of brinkmanship and misunderstanding’; 2) the upgrades of nuclear systems by both sides; 3) the war games played by Russia and the US; and 4) the history of near-terminal accidents provoked by nuclear war-gaming, the signs are ominous indeed.1

     The year 2015, opened with a British parliamentary debate on the future of the Trident nuclear missiles, which threaten Russia. The majority of MPs voted to upgrade Trident. The UK media took the politically-motivated step of reporting Russian manoeuvres near UK waters, despite the fact that Russian forces regularly fly near the UK. Typical of nationalist propaganda, nothing is reported about the UK’s threats to Russian airspace as part of its NATO Baltic Air Policing mission.2

 

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Dr. Cynthia McKinney addresses an anti-war protest.

  

 In 2014, Britain and America began a new illegal war in Iraq, this time under the pretext of defeating ISIS, an organisation consisting of a number of fighters who appear to have been trained by the US at bases in Turkey and Jordan. ISIS appears to have received logistical support from Turkey (presumably in Turkey’s effort to undermine Iraqi Kurds) and funding from donors in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Qatar.3

     The ‘al-Qaeda’-ISIS connection reached the European mainland in 2015 with the massacre of Charlie Hebdo employees by individuals traced to British intelligence. Tragically, a warning issued by the Plymouth Institute for Peace research in October, 2014, that such attacks were imminent, was not heeded.4