A collection of resources supporting our case for action against the NATO summit
The are many reasons to oppose NATO and take action against their conference in Newport this summer. These arguments are, in our view, based on solid evidence and reasoning, whereas the arguments of those in power are based on little more than widespread repetition, personal assurances and appeals to authority. It is our hope that visitors to this site will go beyond corporate media soundbites, take a close look at the facts and arguments, and decide for themselves who has the stronger case.
This is a statement agreed on by Stop NATO Cymru to give a foundation for the organisation and to briefly state what it’s all about.
This post lists a few places where the facts about NATO and militarism can be found, as well as giving a introductory paragraph on each topic.
Newport MP Paul Flynn opposed the war in Afghanistan but still supports NATO for other reasons. Here is a detailed reply to his blog post about the coming NATO protests, with a follow-up, contrasting some easily checked facts with what he says in his reply. This is a good example of strong evidence confronting repetition and unsupported claims. If you opposed war in Afghanistan but are not sure why anyone would be taking action against NATO apart from that, this is a good place to start.
Many sympathise with the anti-war message but feel pessimistic about the chances of doing anything about it. This article sets out to show that, in cases like this, taking action on the streets really can deliver meaningful change.
Besides knowing that taking action can be effective, we also need to be convinced that taking action is justified. Should we be worried about mob rule? Well, the answer is yes, that is exactly what we are worried about. This article asks what mob rule and democracy really mean in our society.
If we are against NATO, what are we for? This post gives some ideas about what the actions in Newport could achieve in the short and long term.