Much of the build up to the NATO summit at Newport’s Celtic Manor on 4 and 5 September, which will attempt to formulate a united strategy for dealing with ‘threats’ to western security in Ukraine and Iraq, has been focused on the world leaders who will be attending, along with the security operation.
NATO are being coy about exactly how much of our money they are spending in order to keep our leaders safe from harmless hippy types yelling peace slogans, but you can bet it will be more than the annual GDP on many small nation. Paranoia does not come cheap.
Apparently Barack Obama is tearing himself off
Reggie Love’s cock the golf course and will be attending. This means of course the conference has failed before it starts.
Behind the scenes of course there are many lesser-known people who are preparing for the two-day event. They include Welsh people and businesses who will have some involvement during the Nato summit. Most interesting however, mainly because they will not get a mention in mainstream media are the anti – corporatism, anti – militsarism, anti – war protestors gathering as near as they are allowed to the venue.
From 30 August protesters will flock to South Wales for international actions including a national demonstration, counter summit, and week-long peace camp. Stop the War and CND have organised NO TO NATO – NO NEW WARS protests from 30 August to 5 September. See the timetable of action and events planned by Stop The War.
I’m with Stop The War of course, I’ve always opposed war, in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Ukraine and Iraq again. And yet some people here who have always supported war, especially when there was a chance to bomb the crap out of some powerless little nation whose air force consisted of a few World War Two Fokkers (no planes, just a few octogenarian German fokkers), call themselves left wing and describe me as a right wing extremist. Effing political illiterates.
Protestors march on NATO conference venue at Celtic Manor
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