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Annual meeting of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space
June 22, 2018 @ 9:00 am - June 24, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
The push for global domination relies heavily military satellites for surveillance, communication, command and control and the planning and execution of exercises and wars. However, military satellites require ground-based stations to send and receive information/commands – so a global military presence requires an extensive network of various bases and space centres. The Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space has campaigned to raise awareness of these issues, to help coordinate actions at related ground based installations and to “Keep Space for Peace” for 25 years. In 2018, we will be holding our Annual Space Organizing Conference in Oxford, England. This will also include a protest at the major US/NATO military space communications and control centre at nearby “RAF” Croughton.
| Friday, June 22
Welcome and orientation
at Friends Meeting House, 43 St Giles’,
Oxford OX1 3LW
|18:00-21:00||Get to know each other, Musical entertainment|
Saturday, June 23
|Friends Meeting House, Oxford|
|09:30||Space Conference Registration Begins|
|10:00||Welcome & Purpose of Event|
|10:15-11:00||Introduction to the work of the Global Network|
|11:30-13:30||Plenary Panel with local organizing reports from around the world|
|14:30–16:30||Workshops on “Tying the Global Space System Together”|
|17:00–18:00||Discussion, feedback, etc.|
|19:00 -21:00||Keynote Speeches|
| a. “The Global Military Infrastructure” by Paul Mobbs
b. “Space Colonisation” by Bruce Gagnon
Sunday, June 24
|09:00||Visit to Croughton – International Rally and speeches|
|10:30-11:30||Annual Business Meeting of the Global Network – all welcome.|
Registration for the space organizing conference is on a sliding scale. Please pay what you can best afford between £10 – £50. We will send you the detailed conference program upon receipt of your registration fee. Contact: [email protected]
Limited home hospitality will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Let us know if you’d like a local hotel list – e.g. Oxford Youth Hostel reservations: https://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/oxford.
(If you live in the Oxford area please contact us if you can provide housing for others — space for just one person will be appreciated).
Airports: London or Oxford or Luton have good bus connections;
The Friends Meeting House is at 43 St Giles’, Oxford OX1 3LW – a 20 min walk from Oxford Railway Station.
A site devoted to USAF Croughton (and its outstation, Barford St. John), the USA’s communications and combat support base on the border of Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire. It brings together information about what Croughton is/does, those working to highlight its role in conflict and the use of advanced surveillance and weapons technology, and recent reports/articles which highlight the role of Croughton.
ramblinactivist videos from Paul Mobbs:
‘Keep Space for Peace’, part 1 – NSA Menwith Hill:
A trip to NSA Menwith Hill, for the ‘Keep Space for Peace’ week gathering. It’s possible to say many things about this site, and give a technical analysis of its capabilities, but what concerns me is something relatively simple. Who is accountable for the acts carried out within the perimeter fence? In this short film Paul Mobbs takes a look around the site, look at a little of its history, and document the marvellous Tuesday evening actions that take place here each week. The last third gives a brief digest of the presentations from the ‘Keep Space for Peace’ global event at Menwith.
‘Keep Space for Peace’, part 2 – USAF Croughton & ‘network-centric’ war
This video investigates not just USAF Croughton (‘RAF’ assumes a level of control that does not, in reality, exist), but also the evolution of the idea of “network-centric warfare” as it has developed at this site. USAF Croughton is about to undergo a large upgrade to extend its mission. The new ‘Joint Intelligence Analysis Centre’ (JIAC) will create an intelligence hub in Europe that will co-ordinate NATO (but predominately US) military and intelligence services across the new ‘electronic battle space’. That means not just continuing its existing involvement in various activities which violate international law and the Laws of War; it will intensify the capacity of the US to project its power using technology across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. The video concludes with a brief snippet from the ‘Keep Space for Peace’ week demonstration and rally at Croughton in October 2017.
USAF Croughton – Keep Space for Peace 2017
This short video was produced ahead of the march and rally at USAF Croughton on 7th October 2017 to explain the issues behind the operation of Croughton today, and, as part of the new JIAC development, the site’s increased involvement in the future in the mass surveillance of society, the use of armed drones, and the use special forces for alleged “counter-terror” operations, in North Africa and the Middle East. What the USA and NATO enable and support through Croughton is, quite simply, ‘state terror’. Outside of identified war zones, what the US and its NATO allies are doing in the regions affected by the operation of Croughton is an abuse of people’s human rights, and arguably a violation of International Law.
Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament; No to War No to NATO network; Stop the War Coalition; International Network against Foreign Military Bases; Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom