isdedicated to the vision of a World Without War.We are aNobel Peace Laureate (1910); overthe years, 13 of our officers havebeen recipients of the Nobel PeacePrize.Our 320 member organisations in 70countries, together with individualmembers from a global network,bring together expertise andcampaigning experience in acommon cause. Our current mainprogramme centres on SustainableDisarmament for SustainableDevelopment.
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Global Day of Action onMilitary Spending
12 April, 2011
Welcome to our third newsletter. As we get closer to April 12, more andmore organizations and people are signing on. The Food Not Bombsnetwork, School of the Americas Watch, International Network of Engineers & Scientists, and the Global Network against Weapons andNuclear Power in Space are all on board. Changemaker in Bangladesh, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom in Switzerland, andPeace Movement Aotearoa in New Zealand will all participate. Welcome! This newsletter will focus on what's going on in Latin America. We'll alsotell you about our organizers packet and our new one-pager on the military-industrial-academic complex, update you on the debate in the United States,and give you another idea for how to turn your April 12 event into a photoopportunity that the media will want to jump at.
Big Buildup In Latin America
Largely overlooked in the broad sweep of American foreign policy for thelast decade, Latin America has attracted the renewed attention of some U.S.policymakers. Unfortunately, this attention may serve only to re-militarize aregion with already bitter memories of military dominance.GDAMS partner John Lindsay-Poland of the Fellowship for Reconciliationhas written about new plannedU.S. military bases in Colombia, some of which are already under construction despite a Colombia ConstitutionalCourt ruling that the basing agreement was invalid. In addition to new facilities in Colombia, the Army Corps of Engineers has been planning theconstruction of new military compounds in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama,Ecuador, and Belize.