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Bruce Gagnon is the Coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space.
Between 1983 "1998 Bruce was the State Coordinator of the Florida Coalition for Peace & Justice.
He was the organizer of the Cancel Cassini Campaign (launched 72 pounds of plutonium into space in 1997) that was featured on the TV program 60 Minutes.
Bruce has been featured by artist Robert Shetterly in his collection of portraits and quotes entitled Americans Who Tell The Truth. In 2006 he was the recipient of the Dr. Benjamin Spock Peacemaker Award.
In 2003 Bruce co-produced a popular video entitled Arsenal of Hypocrisy that spells out U.S. plans for space domination. His latest video, shot in 2006, is entitled The Necessity of the Conversion of the Military Industrial Complex.
In 1968 Bruce was Vice-chair of the Okaloosa County (Florida) Young Republican Club while working on the Nixon campaign for president.
Bruce is a Vietnam-era veteran and began his career by working for the United Farm Workers Union in Florida organizing fruit pickers.
Here we have Kerry in Hiroshima with his hands dripping in blood from Syria, Yemen and Ukraine talking about war as a last resort. As the US-NATO are holding war games all along the Russian border he is talking about the need to "rededicate all our effort to avoid war".
Sunday, April 3, 2016(3 comments)
Obama's Nuclear Summit - It Wasn't....
The ultimate goal of the Obama summit was to reinforce the notion that the US still runs the world. The US wants a unipolar world - but the multi-polar world is here to stay.
Friday, March 25, 2016(6 comments)
Peace Movement Ebbs & Flows Depending on Which Party is in Office
So here is my prediction. If Hillary gets elected the missing Democratic Party peaceniks (the ones who have Obama bumper stickers on their cars right next to the bumper stickers that read 'War is not the answer') will stay missing. If Trump (or any other Republican) gets elected the ranks of the peace movement will again swell with outraged Democrats who will criticize every drone mission that a Republican president flies.
Saturday, July 11, 2015(1 comments)
and political parties
Monday, June 1, 2015(2 comments)
Fighting to Save Okinawan Nature and Culture
There is much talk about whether the Okinawan delegation to DC will be successful in changing US policy. Considering that Obama won't even answer letters from elected officials on Okinawa does not give one much confidence that US policy is likely to change anytime soon. But don't be fooled by inside-Washington baseball. The real change is taking place in the hearts of people on Okinawa, in Japan, and throughout the world.
Saturday, May 16, 2015(6 comments)
U.S. on Wrong Side of History
Obama announced that that he would streamline weapon sales and increase joint military exercises with Bahrain (home to US Navy Central Command and the Fifth Fleet), Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as part of an "iron-clad commitment" that the United States will help protect them against their neighbor and rival Iran.
Monday, May 11, 2015(1 comments)
Neocons Plan: Chaos and Regime Change in Russia
What is the plan? Continue to expand US-NATO bases up to the Russian border including Ukraine. Deploy so-called "missile defense" systems that are key elements in Pentagon first-strike attack planning. From eastern Ukraine US cruise missiles could reach beyond the Urals, where Russia's main nuclear forces are located.
Sunday, April 5, 2015(6 comments)
Where Do These Warships Go?
It should be remembered that following the collapse of the former Soviet Union US Secretary of State James Baker promised Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, that NATO would not expand "one inch" to the east toward Russia. The Native Americans always warned that "the Great White Father in Washington speaks with a forked tongue".
Thursday, March 12, 2015(9 comments)
Militarization of America - We've Become a Failed State
Our country has become a failed state. Our children's future is bleak. Rank-and-file liberals don't have much to say. Obama has been a god-send to the corporate oligarchy. He has kept his base in check. Hillary Clinton would do the same.
Thursday, March 5, 2015(14 comments)
This Is a Declaration of War
This project has been set up with criminal precision. After all the CIA and the Pentagon have had alot of practice over the years. This is what Washington does best.
Saturday, February 21, 2015(11 comments)
Pushing for War with Russia in the Senate
The US does not give a damn about the people of Ukraine. Instead the US-NATO are acting as military agents of corporate capital who want control of Ukraine for the following reasons:
Saturday, February 7, 2015(8 comments)
U.S.-NATO Threaten Wider War in Ukraine
US-NATO are counting on Russia to continue to defend the beleaguered civilians in eastern Ukraine and intend to use that fact to expand their international campaign to demonize Putin and Russia. The US-NATO endgame is 'regime change' in Russia.
Sunday, December 28, 2014
Exploding Navy Budget Threatens Food Stamps
The cost overruns in Navy shipbuilding are massive. The profits for the weapons corporations are huge. But even with the Pentagon's damn near total control of the federal budget there is still even more $$$ needed for the expensive Navy warships, new fighter jets, satellites, and launch vehicles the military industrial complex wants to build.
Friday, November 28, 2014(30 comments)
Shut It Down!
The Galleria Mall in St. Louis was shut down today as hundreds of black and white activists walked chanting through the enormous shopping center on "Black Friday".
Wednesday, November 19, 2014(8 comments)
US Prepares to Sell Saudi Arabia Warships to Help Take Down Iran
Most interesting of all is that US shipyard workers would be building warships for a brutal and unforgiving monarchy that is known for making ISIS look like amateurs. Saudi Arabia is one of the last places on earth where capital punishment is a public spectacle - carried out in what is called Chop Chop Square in Riyadh.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014(1 comments)
Space Technology's Role in Corporate Destruction of the Planet
We have become an occupied nation. The corporate oligarchy that runs the show in Washington uses space-based technologies to spy on us and to direct all warfare on the planet. In a way, you could call today's expensive military satellites the "triggers" that make the high-tech weapons like drones and missiles work.
Thursday, July 31, 2014(4 comments)
I Hear It Coming
First they came
for the communists
but I was not a commie
so no big deal
Then they came
for the Palestinians...but
Normalizing Militarized Culture
With our mounting economic and environmental crisis the answer from the ruling oligarchy is more militarization. The photo of Rick Perry is illustrative of that fact. Everything in America is stage managed - an endless public relations campaign -- Disney style. We are being led by this PR campaign to support a particular direction and it ain't for our benefit.
Friday, June 13, 2014(9 comments)
Kiev Uses White Phosphorus Bombs
Such collective punishment of civilians is against all established laws of war, and expressly forbidden by the Geneva and Hague Conventions.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
High Tech Dark Ages
the high tech
are in our minds
to our credit cards
Wednesday, May 14, 2014(4 comments)
Climate Change & Militarism: Arctic Arms Race
The Arctic region is loaded with oil and natural gas and with extreme melting of the ice the oil corporations are itching to get at it. But look at a map to see which country has the largest land border with the Arctic... it is Russia. Thus we see this intense US-NATO move toward militarization.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Here and Now
We must struggle,
snort, swear, and swim
in order to protect
the future generations
who cry out to us
in our sleep.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014(3 comments)
War Machines Touted as Agents of Mercy
As evidence of this kind and gentle spirit Secretary of War Hagel's public relations team suggested that the amphibious assault landing craft they toured "works well for humanitarian assistance" because it has two medical operating rooms and a six-bed intensive care unit.
Sunday, March 30, 2014(2 comments)
Burning Our Bridges
When George Washington's army
entered the country of the Six Nations (Iroquois)
the Seneca called him Hanadaguyus
means "Town Destroyer"
the name destroyer still lives
sailing the empire's sea lanes
Tuesday, March 25, 2014(1 comments)
Would Christ Bless Warships?
Yes god blesses us
because we are his 'exceptional'
we are the world's greatest
and it's greatest people
we have been chosen by god
to carry his mighty sword
Sunday, March 23, 2014(3 comments)
The Objective Facts
The US-NATO like to claim that their missile offense deployments increasingly encircling Russia and China are intended to protect against possible nuclear strikes from Iran or North Korea. Iran and North Korea though are the bogey-men. The real prize is the final corporate takeover of the Russian and Chinese economies, and in the case of Russia, the world's leading supply of natural gas.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014(5 comments)
Boxing in the Bear
A key bit that must continually be inserted into discussions about Ukraine is NATO expansion and US "missile defense" deployments encircling Russia.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
New War Budget & Strategy Announced by Obama Team
It is important that we all talk more about jobs. It will be hard to cut military spending because of the local jobs issue. We must speak to this fundamental concern that is wrapped in fear, as everyone knows that jobs are scarce these days.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014(3 comments)
Million$ to Mar$
The trip to Mar$ is in the works and nuclear reactors for engines are the likely power source. Elon Musk says millions will take the ride.....
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
22nd Annual Space Organizing Conference
The 22nd annual space organizing conference of the Global Network will be held in Santa Barbara, Ca. from March 14-16. Public forum planned on March 15 at local church.
Saturday, February 1, 2014(3 comments)
Four 'Missile Defense' Sites Chosen for Study
Pentagon selects Maine, Ohio, Michigan and New York as potential basing sites for new ground-based 'missile defense' site. The $5 billion program begins with Environmental Impact Statements.
Thursday, December 19, 2013(2 comments)
Pushing the Next Pretext
Sometimes I just shake my head in disbelief.... the recent US-China military near hit (the second time in recent months) indicates that our nation is pushing this power trip thing way too hard. This game is being ramped up to create "China fear" in the hearts and minds of the people (here and around the world). China says it is not rolling over. Someone or something eventually has to give way...
Wednesday, November 27, 2013(1 comments)
Looking for Trouble with China
Imagine just for a moment if China, or any other country, began moving 60% of their military forces within shooting range of the US Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Imagine if that same country was establishing military bases in Mexico or Canada. The US government would be freaking out. Then further imagine that same country flying spy plane and bombers up along our coast.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
BIW's Sails Got Trimmed a Bit
Citizens in Bath, Maine force city to cut amount of corporate subsidy is given to shipyard owned by General Dynamics
Thursday, August 29, 2013(1 comments)
The Soul of our Nation - War
An attack on Syria will at the least expend lots of Tomahawk cruise missiles. We've become a killer nation. We have to have endless war, like a drunk needs a drink at the bar, in order for American workers to put food on the tables for their families. What does this say about the soul of our nation?
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Arsenal of Hypocrisy
Any hopes for real negotiations for serious reductions in nuclear weapons between the major powers will not be possible in this day and age. Why? Simply because Obama, and the Congress, insist on surrounding Russia and China with so-called "missile defense" systems.
Opposition to "MD" Base in Maine
The Obama administration's announcement that a "missile defense" base on the east coast of the U.S. will now be studied is the perfect example of a corporate-driven "solution" searching for a problem.
The studies have been justified by the supposed "nuclear threats posed by North Korea and Iran".
Tuesday, March 5, 2013(3 comments)
Techno-Utopianism Seminar Report
Jerry Mander urged us "not to be afraid to get rid of something that is destroying us and the natural world." Vandana Shiva insisted we must "talk about the new slavery" to corporate technology. One participant suggested that we have been a "nation of hustlers" that has become "a nation of thugs who use technology for global domination."
Tuesday, February 5, 2013(5 comments)
Oppose Brennan Appointment to CIA
On Thursday, John Brennan has his confirmation hearing where the Senate will go through the motions to decide if he should run the Central Intelligence Agency.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013(4 comments)
Rocket Launch Hypocrisy
The self-righteous, hypocritical bullshit is heating up on the US, Japanese, and South Korean side. Even the United Nations is involved. They are all once again lecturing and threatening North Korea about launching a rocket into space.
Corporate Colonization of the Left Message Has to Stop
With climate change and austerity budgets staring us in the face the independent left cannot cower in the face of these mainstream Democrat party operatives that serve as leaders of local non-profit groups but in essence have become "gate keepers" for the oligarchy as they help reduce our public discourse to the lowest common denominator that does not ultimately challenge the system.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Three More Denied Entry to Jeju Island
In the last couple of days the right-wing South Korean government has denied activists from Okinawa and the US entry to Jeju Island as they tried to offer their solidarity with villagers protesting Navy base construction.
Friday, August 31, 2012
Who Will Speak for the Endangered Jeju Coral?
Join Robert Redford, Gloria Steinem, Vandana Shiva and other world leaders in standing with struggling Jeju Island villagers as they resist Navy base construction for US warships.
American Exceptionalism to the Rescue
U.S. Secretary of War Leon Panetta is making a tour of the Asia-Pacific where he is pumping up the next military conflict. Yesterday I heard he was in Vietnam trying to close a deal to allow the U.S. Navy to once again have access to the base at Cam Ranh Bay.
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Missile-Defense: Is it Working?
The mere threat of missile defense as a key element in Pentagon first-strike attack planning is a loaded and cocked gun pointed at the heads of Russia and China. Both of these nations have to assume the worst-case scenario and prepare and plan to respond. Perception informs and creates reality.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Three VFP Leaders Denied Entry onto Jeju Island
Right-wing South Korean government greets 3 VFP leaders with their photos and puts them on plane back to U.S. - not welcome on Jeju Island where Navy base is being built that will port Pentagon's warships to surround China
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
International Peace Activists Needed in Gangjeong Village Immediately!
Things moving from bad to worse on Jeju Island, South Korea as villagers fight to stop Navy base construction. I've just returned and was horrified at the level of police oppression of these wonderful people. The base will be a port for U.S. warships that Obama will use to "contain" China.
Pivot Toward Asia-Pacific
Obama is moving quickly to implement his "pivot toward the Asia-Pacific" as outlined in the Pentagon's recent Defense Guidance. This coming massive U.S. military buildup bodes ill for the likes of Jeju Island, Guam, Okinawa, the Philippines, Hawaii and more.
Sunday, December 25, 2011(1 comments)
Moving from a War Economy to a Peace Economy
Behind every question about how to get the United States back on track and improve the lives of average Americans (the so-called 99 percent) lies the necessity for economic conversion--that is, planning, designing, and implementing a transformation from a war economy to a peace economy.