Peace prize-winner set for Newport anti-Nato protests

VENUE: The Celtic Manor Resort will host the Nato summit

VENUE: The Celtic Manor Resort will host the Nato summit

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PROTESTERS against Newport’s Nato summit will be addressed by a peace prize winner, it was announced yesterday.

NoNatoNewport announced that Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK and the international human rights organization Global Exchange, will be speaking in Newport at the demonstration march and rally in the city centre on August 30.

Ms Benjamin was awarded the 2014 Ghandi Peace Prize, received the Martin Luther King, Jr Peace Prize from the Fellowship of Reconciliation and the 2012 Peace Prize by the US Peace Memorial.

She is a former economist and nutritionist with the United Nations and World Health Organisation. She is the author of eight books. Her latest is Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control.

A spokeswoman for the umbrella group NoNatoNewport, which was formed in response to the impending summit in September said “The people of Newport have to suffer the shame of having this nuclear armed organisation on their doorstep, and the people of Newport have got together to provide a week of action, talks and events to promote peace, justice and human rights.

“It has already been announced that the Nato visit will close schools and roads, will cost £50 million in security and will not put one penny into the pockets of our people. Our events will be different. They will have a strong focus on the alternatives to conflict and war, they will be held alongside the people – not hidden behind bunkers and closed doors, and unlike Obama, Cameron and the like, our visitors will spend money in Newport.”

Four thousand people from peace groups all over the world are expected to attend the march, including CND, Stop the War Coalition, No to War Network, Anti Drones network and representatives of trade unions.

We revealed earlier this week that as few as seven Newport schools could be fully open during September’s two-day Nato summit at the Celtic Manor, as fears over “major disruption” along the M4 corridor cause head teachers and governors to close schools and take inset days instead.

This will be the first Nato Summit since Chicago in 2012, and the first in the UK since it came to London in 1990, with thousands of delegates and journalists from all over the world congregating in Newport.

Around 9,000 police officers will be deployed to South Wales to man the security operation and allow Gwent Police to continue responding to incidents and emergencies.

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10:13am Wed 30 Jul 14

Dai Rear says...

"Four thousand people from peace groups all over the world are expected to attend the march, including CND, Stop the War Coalition, No to War Network, Anti Drones network and representatives of trade unions"
Sounds like the Self-Righteous Bore Games 2014. Super!
Hope the BBC has sent several hundred staff to cover the event.
And Ms Benjamin sounds like the likely winner of the Games, though that doesn't seem quite fair. Maybe some of the lefty posters who'll now pontificate could give her a run for her (undoubtedly considerable) money.
"Four thousand people from peace groups all over the world are expected to attend the march, including CND, Stop the War Coalition, No to War Network, Anti Drones network and representatives of trade unions" Sounds like the Self-Righteous Bore Games 2014. Super! Hope the BBC has sent several hundred staff to cover the event. And Ms Benjamin sounds like the likely winner of the Games, though that doesn't seem quite fair. Maybe some of the lefty posters who'll now pontificate could give her a run for her (undoubtedly considerable) money. Dai Rear
  • Score: -3

11:10am Wed 30 Jul 14

Stevenboy says...

'She is the author of eight books. Her latest is Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control.'

Well strictly speaking, suicide and ca/truck bombing is 'killing by remote control'. Did she write about that as well?
'She is the author of eight books. Her latest is Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control.' Well strictly speaking, suicide and ca/truck bombing is 'killing by remote control'. Did she write about that as well? Stevenboy
  • Score: 0

1:43pm Wed 30 Jul 14

sword of truth says...

Dai Rear says...

"Four thousand people from peace groups all over the world are expected to attend the march, including CND, Stop the War Coalition, No to War Network, Anti Drones network and representatives of trade unions"
Sounds like the Self-Righteous Bore Games 2014. Super!
Hope the BBC has sent several hundred staff to cover the event.
And Ms Benjamin sounds like the likely winner of the Games, though that doesn't seem quite fair. Maybe some of the lefty posters who'll now pontificate could give her a run for her (undoubtedly considerable) money.
The posters' name is very apt for his comments. Continues to amuse and offer the bait to the gullible in equal measure.
Can't possibly believe you are a breathing human being with any shred of compassion or regular contact with decent people. A computer generated caricature funded by Murdoch? A horrible laboratory experiment cloning Colonel Blimp with Thatcher that went wrong? Posting from Rampton that beat the censor? Bored employee at Billy Smarts?
Dai Rear says... "Four thousand people from peace groups all over the world are expected to attend the march, including CND, Stop the War Coalition, No to War Network, Anti Drones network and representatives of trade unions" Sounds like the Self-Righteous Bore Games 2014. Super! Hope the BBC has sent several hundred staff to cover the event. And Ms Benjamin sounds like the likely winner of the Games, though that doesn't seem quite fair. Maybe some of the lefty posters who'll now pontificate could give her a run for her (undoubtedly considerable) money. The posters' name is very apt for his comments. Continues to amuse and offer the bait to the gullible in equal measure. Can't possibly believe you are a breathing human being with any shred of compassion or regular contact with decent people. A computer generated caricature funded by Murdoch? A horrible laboratory experiment cloning Colonel Blimp with Thatcher that went wrong? Posting from Rampton that beat the censor? Bored employee at Billy Smarts? sword of truth
  • Score: -2

1:49pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Dai Rear says...

sword of truth wrote:
Dai Rear says...

"Four thousand people from peace groups all over the world are expected to attend the march, including CND, Stop the War Coalition, No to War Network, Anti Drones network and representatives of trade unions"
Sounds like the Self-Righteous Bore Games 2014. Super!
Hope the BBC has sent several hundred staff to cover the event.
And Ms Benjamin sounds like the likely winner of the Games, though that doesn't seem quite fair. Maybe some of the lefty posters who'll now pontificate could give her a run for her (undoubtedly considerable) money.
The posters' name is very apt for his comments. Continues to amuse and offer the bait to the gullible in equal measure.
Can't possibly believe you are a breathing human being with any shred of compassion or regular contact with decent people. A computer generated caricature funded by Murdoch? A horrible laboratory experiment cloning Colonel Blimp with Thatcher that went wrong? Posting from Rampton that beat the censor? Bored employee at Billy Smarts?
No, sorry, far too bitter and twisted to enter. Hint-specious bile and vituperation will never have an audience asleep within 10 minutes. You'll just get the slow handclap.
Next.
[quote][p][bold]sword of truth[/bold] wrote: Dai Rear says... "Four thousand people from peace groups all over the world are expected to attend the march, including CND, Stop the War Coalition, No to War Network, Anti Drones network and representatives of trade unions" Sounds like the Self-Righteous Bore Games 2014. Super! Hope the BBC has sent several hundred staff to cover the event. And Ms Benjamin sounds like the likely winner of the Games, though that doesn't seem quite fair. Maybe some of the lefty posters who'll now pontificate could give her a run for her (undoubtedly considerable) money. The posters' name is very apt for his comments. Continues to amuse and offer the bait to the gullible in equal measure. Can't possibly believe you are a breathing human being with any shred of compassion or regular contact with decent people. A computer generated caricature funded by Murdoch? A horrible laboratory experiment cloning Colonel Blimp with Thatcher that went wrong? Posting from Rampton that beat the censor? Bored employee at Billy Smarts?[/p][/quote]No, sorry, far too bitter and twisted to enter. Hint-specious bile and vituperation will never have an audience asleep within 10 minutes. You'll just get the slow handclap. Next. Dai Rear
  • Score: -1

8:08pm Wed 30 Jul 14

blackandamber says...

What do these peace groups think NATO has been doing for the last seventy years, keeping the peace of course.
What do these peace groups think NATO has been doing for the last seventy years, keeping the peace of course. blackandamber
  • Score: 0

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