STOP NATO News: 8 April, 2011

8 April, 2011 — Stop NATO

Updates on Libyan war: April 8 2011

From Ivory Coast To Libya And Beyond: Africa Threatened With Western Military Subjugation

  • No To War – No To NATO Network Congress In Dublin
  • U.S. Prepares For Landmark Interceptor Missile Test
  • Georgia Ready To Join NATO In “2-3 Years”
  • Abkhazia: Two Georgian Special Forces, Russian Soldier Killed In Shootout
  • Germany Backs Georgia On “Occupied Territories”
  • Guam Military Buildup Projects Continue

No To War – No To NATO Network Congress In Dublin

Peace congress in Dublin

Measures and strategies to address the threat of militarism and hegemonic domination will be agreed.

Luis Gutierrez Esparza

The Third International Congress of the No to War – No to NATO Network, will be held from April 15th to 17th, in Dublin, Ireland. The Network’s activities expand throughout the world and have a particular impact on Latin America.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which coordinates the military aggression against Libya, is neither the provider of international security that its proponents claim, nor a reliable partner of the UN, which has been overshadowed and maimed, nor from any other international or regional organization. Much less it plays the role of an “alliance of democracies.”

NATO is an offensive, lawless and murdering pact, which reserves unilaterally the right to repeat its armed aggression in the Balkans and South Asia at a global scale. It is a threat to mankind, and Latin America is its neighbour: the three thousand kilometres between Mexico and the United States are the border with NATO.

The growing U.S. military presence in Latin America follows the strategic guideline of NATO’s globalisation, the sole transnational military alliance which aims to displace the UN as the main global forum and the largest supranational organization.

It is therefore very important for us, in Latin America, what will be discussed by the No to War – No to NATO Network, on the premises of the Institute of Ireland. Latin America will be represented by the Latin American Circle for International Studies (LACIS), based in Mexico City, part of the International Coordinating Committee (ICC) of the Network.

The congressional agenda includes topics and perspectives with various points of interest, such as feminism and NATO. Women have played a key role towards halting the global expansion of NATO and fight tirelessly for its disappearance.

Among the specific issues addressed in Dublin, is precisely the growing presence of NATO in the south and particularly in Latin American countries. As president of LACIS, the author of this column will present a 35-minute long documentary, entitled Militarism and nuclear weapons, global threats, which include interviews and a thorough investigation of one year.

In the documentary, we argue that Latin America and the Caribbean is a region of peace. Foreign military bases endanger the peace and threaten the stability, the democracy, the human rights and the integration processes in the region.

Thus, they should be banned, permanently eliminated, through a Latin American treaty, which shall cover the entire continent, so that it will also be respected and be equivalent to the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean, known as the Treaty of Tlatelolco, which freed the American nuclear threat, although it exists north of the Rio Grande.

The Latin American and Caribbean region is mobilising to build this new

Tlatelolco. The peoples, the civil society, demand to be heard. The Latin American Parliament (Parlatino) may be the ideal conduit to channel the proposal and has reacted positively at an early stage.

Foreign military bases in Latin America are linked to the globalisation of NATO as a supranational army to serve the hegemonic interests of the United States and its allies in Western Europe. And it is not just about the U.S. bases, such as those in Colombia, Honduras, Paraguay and other countries, but also the so-called Fortress Falkland, established by the United Kingdom in a territory wrested from Argentina.

For Latin Americans, the Congress in Dublin is very important, as agreements will be taken regarding measures and strategies to address the threat of militarism, destabilization and hegemonic domain.

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U.S. Prepares For Landmark Interceptor Missile Test

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Reuters

April 8, 2011

U.S. gears for high-stakes missile defense test

By Jim Wolf

-On March 7, the Obama administration began deploying its so-called “Phased Adaptive Approach” to missile defense in Europe by sending the Aegis cruiser Monterey into the Mediterranean. The ship carries SM-3 Block 1A interceptors.

As part of the Pentagon’s plan, the United States is seeking a southeastern European country to host the Raytheon X-band radar that would hand off data to the Aegis ships – a concept dubbed “launch on remote.”

WASHINGTON: The United States is preparing for its first test of a sea-based defense against longer-range…

Much is riding on the event, including confidence in the Obama administration’s tight timeline for defending European allies and deployed U.S. forces…

The last two intercept tests of a separate U.S. ground-based missile defense, aimed at protecting U.S. soil, have failed.

The planned sea-based test this month will pit Lockheed Martin Co’s Aegis shipboard combat system and a Raytheon Co missile interceptor against their first intermediate-range ballistic missile target, said Richard Lehner, a spokesman for the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency.

Previous such sea-based drills have been against shorter-range targets. Intermediate range is defined as 3,000 to 5,500 kilometers (2,000-3,500 miles)…

The coming test, dubbed FTM-15, is “to demonstrate a capability against a class of ballistic missiles…,” Lehner said in an emailed reply to queries from Reuters.

The “window” for the Aegis shootdown attempt runs to April 30, Lehner said. He said the Aegis-equipped ship used in the test will be in the south central Pacific and the ballistic missile target will be launched from Kwajalein Atoll, part of the Marshall Islands in the central Pacific.

“During FTM-15, Aegis BMD (ballistic missile defense) will demonstrate for the first time its capability to negate the longer-range threats that must be countered in Phase 1? of the U.S.-planned bulwark for Europe, J. Michael Gilmore, the Pentagon’s top weapons tester, said in congressional testimony last month.

Riki Ellison, head of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, a private booster group, described the test as a “proof of concept” for the Obama administration.

“It is tremendously important that it’s a success as this exact architecture is to be deployed in Europe by the end of this year in the first phase of Obama’s plan,” he said.

The United States expects to meet its goal of putting an initial missile defense capability in Europe by the end of this year even though efforts to find a host nation for a powerful Raytheon-built radar station are still under way, Brad Roberts, a deputy assistant secretary of defense, told the House of Representatives Armed Services subcommittee on strategic forces on March 31.

Obama in 2009 scrapped a George W. Bush-era plan to build a European version, in the Czech Republic and Poland, of the ground-based shield already deployed in California and Alaska. Instead, his Pentagon turned to the more flexible Aegis technology to better match its Iran expectations.

On March 7, the Obama administration began deploying its so-called “Phased Adaptive Approach” to missile defense in Europe by sending the Aegis cruiser Monterey into the Mediterranean. The ship carries SM-3 Block 1A interceptors.

As part of the Pentagon’s plan, the United States is seeking a southeastern European country to host the Raytheon X-band radar that would hand off data to the Aegis ships – a concept dubbed “launch on remote.”

In the coming test, the interceptor missile will be cued by such an AN/TPY-2 radar unit, fed through a battle management center, just as is planned for Europe, Army Lieutenant General Patrick O’Reilly, the Missile Defense Agency chief, told the Strategic Forces subcommittee on March 31.

“The USS Monterey is at sea today and, when paired with the AN/TPY-2 radar, will provide initial BMD protection of southern Europe from existing SRBM, MRBM and IRBM threats,” he said, abbreviating for short-, medium- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles.

Greg Thielmann, a missile defense expert at the private Arms Control Association, discounted the likelihood of a near-term Iranian intermediate-range missile threat.

“Any suggestion that a threat to the heart of Europe looms in the next couple of years does not seem consistent with public statements from the U.S. intelligence community,” he said.

(Editing by Steve Orlofsky)

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Georgia Ready To Join NATO In “2-3 Years”

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Russian Information Agency Novosti

April 7, 2011

Georgia says will meet NATO membership standards in ’2-3 years’

-”NATO will not compromise when it comes to territorial integrity of this country; there will be no recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent by the NATO allies. These are very firm principles on which our relationship is based.’”

Tbilisi: Georgia will be technically ready to join NATO in two to three years, Minister for Euro-Atlantic Integration Issues Giorgi Baramidze said on Thursday.

“Georgia has everything it needs to continue democratic reform as well as defense and security reform…and become a NATO member,” he said after a meeting with James Appathurai, the NATO secretary general’s special representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia.

Appathurai said the reform process in Georgia and NATO-Georgia relations “are going in right direction” and both sides now “need to reinforce the success.”

He said Georgia “is working very hard” to meet the membership standards but “there is more to do.”

He reiterated NATO’s support for Georgia’s territorial integrity.

“NATO will not compromise when it comes to territorial integrity of this country; there will be no recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent by the NATO allies. These are very firm principles on which our relationship is based,” Appathurai said.

Georgia’s reform targets to meet NATO standards, as defined in the Annual National Program, are reviewed annually by the alliance.

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Abkhazia: Two Georgian Special Forces, Russian Soldier Killed In Shootout

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Russian Information Agency Novosti

April 8, 2011

Two Georgian diversionists, Russian serviceman killed in shootout in Abkhazia

Moscow: Two Georgian diversionists and a Russian border guard were killed in a shootout in the former Georgian republic of Abkhazia on Friday, the press center of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said.

“An FSB border squad came under fire while doing terrain reconnaissance in Abkhazia’s Galsky region,” an FSB spokesman said. One of the Russian officers and two of the attackers died in the shootout.

“According to the Abkhazian State Security Service, the assailants, Vasha Sechinava and Malkhaz Kharchilava, were members of the Georgian Interior Ministry’s…subversive group which was conducting reconnaissance and allegedly preparing acts of sabotage in Abkhazia,” the spokesman said.

The two Georgian attackers were under the direct control of the deputy head of the Georgian Interior Ministry’s reconnaissance department in Abkhazia’s Zugdidsky region, the spokesman said.

Moscow recognized the independence of Abkhazia and another former Georgian republic, South Ossetia, after a five-day war in 2008 and has since been the guarantor of their security, deploying thousands of troops and border guards to the tiny republics.

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Germany Backs Georgia On “Occupied Territories”

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Trend News Agency

April 8, 2011

Germany interested in Georgia’s action plan on Abkhazia and South Ossetia

N. Kirtzkhalia

Tbilisi: Germany is interested in the action plan for Georgia’s state strategy on Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Nino Kalandadze and Chief of the South Caucasus and Central Asia Department of the German Federal Foreign Office Christine Weil mulled the issue, the Georgian Foreign Ministry reported.

The sides discussed priority directions and prospects for developing bilateral and multilateral cooperation between Georgia and Germany.

Special attention was paid to the situation in Georgia’s occupied territories.

Kalandadze thanked Weil for the support and assistance Germany has provided to Georgia. Weil also reiterated Germany’s support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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Guam Military Buildup Projects Continue

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Navy NewsStand

April 7, 2011

Guam Military Buildup Projects Continue

By Catherine Cruz Norton, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Marianas Public

Affairs

PITI, Guam: Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Marianas awarded three contract task orders, April 7 under previously awarded multiple award construction contracts (MACC) in support of the Guam military buildup effort…

“These projects at Andersen Air Force Base North Ramp provide necessary support for Marine Corps aviation operations,” said Joseph Ludovici, director, Joint Guam Program Office…

The relocation of Marines from Okinawa enhances the readiness of U.S. joint forces in the Pacific theater and operational capabilities of the III Marine Expeditionary Force…

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