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New report: Conscientious Objection to military service in Europe 2015

The European Bureau for Conscientious Objection's annual report gives an overview of conscientious objection in Europe this year. Read it here.

Foreword by Friedhelm Schneider, EBCO President

In September 2014 Heiner Bielefeldt, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, speaking at a side event to the Human Rights Council, observed: “Conscientious objection to military service is a specific issue, but not a side issue!”. One year on, in October 2015, the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection, for the first time launches its Annual Report “Conscientious objection to military service in Europe 2015” in Geneva, immediately before the Session of the UN Human Rights Committee which will deal with the reports of Greece and the Republic of Korea - two states in which the right of conscientious objection to military service continues flagrantly to be violated.

L'Europe est en guerre contre un ennemi imaginaire

Stephanie Demblon

L'Europe est en guerre contre un ennemi imaginaire ». Voilà le slogan de campagne de Frontexit concernant le respect des droits des migrants aux frontières de l'Union Européenne (UE). Habituellement adressé sous un angle humanitaire (négligence envers les droits de l'homme fondamentaux) ou un angle politique (gestion et distribution des flux de migration), le sujet est rarement rattaché au marché européen. Et pourtant…

Eurodrones, Inc.

How far reaching is the EU's financing and support for the emerging drone industry? With what  intended purpose? And what will be the consequences of European citizens?

Campaign of the Month: Ctrl+Alt+EU

European president Herman Van Rompuy has put military Europe high on the political agenda. Only three months after receiving the Nobel peace prize, he concluded a speech at the annual conference of the European Defence Agency (EDA) as follows: “Europe was born out of the ashes of a war. And built, at first, by pooling (and sharing!) the instruments of war: coal and steel […]. The European Union stands by those in pursuit of peace and human dignity. To fulfil such responsibilities, we should make sure we have the means at our disposal.”

Capitalist crisis and European defence industry

Wendela de Vries

Of the global top 20 arms producers, 4 European companies are ranked in high positions. Leading is British BAE Systems (former British Aerospace). The Swedish peace research institute SIPRI even ranked BAE Systems as the biggest global arms producer in 2008, but US weekly Defence News, using another ranking system, is listing BAE Systems third after the American companies Boeing and Lockheed Martin. Besides BAE the three other European giants are Italy’s Finmeccanica and formally Dutch-based EADS, both  mainly aeronautical companies, and French electronics company Thales. The output of these giants is bigger than the output of many a developing nation. They arose from the mid-1990’s in a process of mergers and acquisitions, when international (notably American) competition forced European defence companies to overcome national limits in order to survive. At that time a lot of state-owned defence companies were privatised, facilitating the accumulation process. Still national governments often kept a say in their defence industries: Finmeccanica is 30% state-owned, Thales is 27% French state-owned and EADS is partly French state and a Spanish state holding company-owned. Note that, in contrast, BAE Systems is private, although the company can count on strong government support, including export promotion, sales financing and even covering up of high-level corruption.

War starts here: 15 antimilitarist activists make their way into the NATO military base of Valencia and turn it into a playground

This action is part of the protests against the Lisbon NATO summit in November
Saturday, Oct. 30th 2010

15 ANTIMILITARIST ACTIVISTS MAKE THEIR WAY INTO THE NATO MILITARY BASE OF BÉTERA (VALENCIA) AND TURN IT INTO A PLAYGROUND TO DEMAND ITS CLOSURE, TROOP WITHDRAWAL FROM AFGHANISTAN AND ABOLITION OF ARMED FORCES

Le point de départ de la guerre est l'Europe

14 & 15 novembre 2008 : journée européenne d'action contre les infrastructures militaires.

L'Europe est en guerre.

Les bombes ne frappent pas l'Europe. Elles tombent à plusieurs milliers de kilomètres en Irak et en Afghanistan. Pour autant la guerre se fomente en Europe. L'Europe est une piste d'envol pour des interventions militaires de par le monde. Le cadre varie : OTAN, Union Européenne, coalition américaine du moment, Nations Unies. Les cibles aussi changent : Irak, Liban, Tchad, etc.

¡60 años de OTAN son suficientes!

Confronter l'alliance guerrière à des manifestations massives

Malgré toutes les prévisions quant à sa dissolution imminente, l'Otan a développé ces dernières années une effrayante dynamique belliqueuse.

Les bases militaires: une trace de la guerre ...


... et une cible pour l'action directe nonviolente

L'Europe est en guerre. Les bombes ne sont pas larguées sur l'Europe, mais à des milliers de kilomètres: en Irak et en Afghanistan. Néanmoins, c'est à partir de l'Europe que la guerre se fait: à partir d'un large panel de bases militaires situées en Europe, les avions décollent, le matériel est embarqué ou aéroporté pour ces combats.

L'europe: point de départ de la guerre.

14 & 15 novembre 2008: journée européenne d'action contre les infrastructures militaires.

Dans les deux articles précédents, nous avons observés la place de l'Europe dans la machine de guerre en nous penchant sur les différents organes militaires et les infrastructures utilisés pour les interventions militaires. Aussi, comme nous sommes au clair quant à là mise en œuvre de ces interventions, nous pouvons commencer à faire notre possible pour les perturber!

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