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Cynthia McKinney To Receive Munich American Peace Committee Peace Prize

AUTHOR:   Munich American Peace Committee (MAPC)

For Immediate Release                          
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"Clearly, the MAPC gave more thought to the significance of those whose
struggle for peace is based on principle . . . than did the Nobel Peace
Committee that rewarded our President for war."

Former Congresswoman and 2008 Green Party Presidential Nominee announced
today that she has been invited to participate in an International Peace
Conference scheduled to take place in Munich, Germany on February 6 - 7,
2010 while the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) meets in the same
city to plan war.  McKinney, a long-time proponent of abolishing NATO, is
scheduled to speak on February 6 at a rally to protest the NATO "security"
conference.  After the rally, McKinney will participate in the International
Peace Conference whose schedule and call to demonstrate against NATO war
policies are included below.
Included in McKinney's program is a meeting with the Munich American Peace
Committee (MAPC - www.mapc-web.de) which will present to McKinney its third
annual award, "Peace through Conscience," during the ceremonies of the
Munich Peace Conference on the evening of February 6, 2010.  The MAPC Peace
Prize is normally awarded by the previous year's winner.  In McKinney's case
the honors will be done by Andr? Shepherd, a U.S. Army deserter from the
Afghanistan and Iraq wars and asylum seeker in Germany.  Said McKinney of
her selection for the award, "I am humbled to be so recognized.  Clearly,
the MAPC gave more thought to the significance of those whose struggle for
peace is based on principle and an unshakeable commitment, despite the
personal sacrificies required, than did the Nobel Peace Committee that
rewarded our President for war."  McKinney continued, "In this way of
thinking, peace is now war, lies are now truth, and ignorance is strength."
McKinney calls on Americans across Germany to converge on Munich and protest
U.S. and NATO war policies.  McKinney will meet with American ex-patriots in
multiple meetings while in Munich.

International Peace Conference Call for Protests at NATO Munich Conference:
Take action against NATO war policies!
The members of governments of NATO countries, high-ranking officers,
military strategists, and arms lobbyists who meet in Munich every year at
the so-called Security Conference have one thing in common: they share the
responsibility for the illegal wars waged against Yugoslavia, Iraq, and
Afghanistan, with many thousands of deaths, for growing terror, torture, and
sufferings of refugees.
NATO, and with it Germany, have declared the whole world their area of
operation. At the same time, the militarization of the EU is being pushed
intensively. The EU is arming so as to be able to wage wars on its own. The
new EU treaty specifies that the member states undertake to upgrade their
military capabilities, and that a European agency for promoting armament
will be created.
Germany is not "being defended at the Hindu Kush"
In violation of our Constitution, and against the will of the majority of
the people, the Bundeswehr is taking part in the war in Afghanistan. That
war is about geostrategic interests that are supposed to be implemented
militarily with the help of NATO: access to markets and raw materials, the
hegemony of the rich and powerful NATO states, and their military presence
in the region. For the population of Afghanistan, this means terroristic air
raids, expulsion, destruction, torture, and death by the thousands.
2010 'Security Conference': New labels on old policies
Now that it is becoming more and more obvious, even to the politicians
responsible, that they cannot achieve their goals by military means alone,
NATO is trying to change its strategy; and this is also reflected in the
Munich Security Conference.
The concept of civilian-military cooperation (CMC) and the
instrumentalization of nongovernmental organizations are intended to allow
the old NATO goals to be pursued more effectively. The inclusion of
commercial firms and energy specialists, as well as topics such as
disarmament, resource security, piracy, terrorism, and "human security" in
future 'Security Conferences' are part of this.
According to the head of the Security Conference, there is a debate about
whether "we should continue to use basically NATO to implement
national-security interests, or rather the EU, or both structures with their
respective military capabilities". The people of Afghanistan are currently
experiencing the results of these "military capabilities".
This is why the 2010 'Security Conference' is another war conference, which
we will oppose with our varied and creative protest.
End the NATO war against Afghanistan! Get the Bundeswehr out now!
It is not an immediate withdrawal of all the foreign troops that would make
Afghanistan collapse in chaos; on the contrary, it is NATO's terrorist war
and the continuing occupation which are causing the lethal chaos in that
An immediate withdrawal of the Bundeswehr and all the other foreign troops
and mercenaries will not solve Afghanistan's problems; but this withdrawal
is an essential precondition for self-determined and peaceful development
and the reconstruction of the country.
No to German participation in any war!
The NATO warmaking alliance and the impending military great power EU are a
threat to all mankind. The warmaking alliance NATO should be abolished.  -
Therefore, we also demand:
Get out of  NATO - Get out of all EU military structures - Abolish the
The billions spent on armaments and war must be redirected to social needs!
At present, more than two-thirds of the worldwide military expenditures of
about 1.4 trillion dollars a year are spent by the NATO countries. At the
same time, world poverty continues to increase. The number of people going
hungry grew to more than a billion last year. The policies of the rich and
powerful nations - the USA and the EU countries in particular - are also
largely responsible for the plundering of natural resources, the increasing
destruction of the environment, and the climate catastrophe. These policies
serve the profit interests of the big banks and corporations, and the arms
manufacturers, above all.
While billions are being spent here in Germany on new weapon systems and the
global military interventions of the Bundeswehr, the Federal government is
demolishing our social-welfare systems. The burden on the unemployed and the
employed, young people, pensioners, and welfare recipients is growing
constantly. The rich get richer, while the poor get poorer.
Refugees and immigrants are presented as the scapegoats - not only by the
War, hunger, torture, environmental destruction, and no hope for the future
are the causes of the misery of millions of refugees. So we oppose the
sealing off of the borders of 'Fortress Europe', Frontex military missions
against refugees, any kind of exclusion of immigrants, discriminatory laws
for foreigners, the virtual abolition of the right of asylum, deportations,
and every form of racism.
 - Combat the causes of their flight, not the refugees! - No camps - No
barbed wire - No deportation!
Munich must not become a police fortress!
With our demonstration against the so-called 'Security Conference', we are
also standing up for the unrestricted right to the freedoms of assembly,
opinion, and demonstration.
Under the pretext of a growing danger of terrorism, fundamental democratic
rights and our Constitution are being undermined systematically. The
unconstitutional mixing of the responsibilities of the police and state
security bodies (Verfassungsschutz), online searches of private computers,
the required storage of data on everybody's telecommunications, biometric
registration of all citizens, preventive detention, and the restrictions on
the right to demonstrate mark the way to an authoritarian state with
constant surveillance of the people. The Bundeswehr is already being used to
support the police at home, in violation of the Constitution.
Armament and war, demolition of the welfare state and growing poverty
require joint action by all emancipatory movements.
We oppose the capitalist system that will stop at nothing for the sake of
profit, and advocate disarmament and a world without exploitation, war, and
Let us show the self-appointed world rulers and armchair warriors: You are
not welcome here in Munich or anywhere else! We will resist your policies of
neoliberalism, re-armament, and war.
Let us demonstrate jointly and creatively against the NATO war meeting on
Friday and Saturday, 5-6 February 2010, in Munich.
No to racism and war!
Abolish NATO!
Another world is possible!


Source: updates@lists.allthingscynthiamckinney.com

Original article published on Feb.3, 2010

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