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International Peace Coalition Meeting June 21: Is Putin’s Peace Proposal the Last Chance for Humanity?

by Kevin Gribbroek

“If we would come out of this discussion with a clarion call to spread the news about the Putin peace proposal—because it’s not discussed in the media—if we would come out with some endorsement of this proposal, I think we would take a giant step forward.”—Helga Zepp-LaRouche

The 55th consecutive meeting of the International Peace Coalition (IPC) was convened today with a major focus on the June 14 proposal that Russian President Vladimir Putin presented before Foreign Ministry senior staff, for a new Eurasian security architecture as the foundation for global peace. His proposal is not exclusive in any way—NATO members are welcome to join—and is based on China’s Five Principles of Peaceful Co-Existence. Given the deafening silence of the mainstream media regarding the true content of the proposal, which to date has been scoffed at by Western “leaders,” the intention of the IPC meeting was to serve as a platform to launch a worldwide campaign to bring awareness to the international community that this proposal may be the last chance to derail World War III.

Helga Zepp-LaRouche, founder of the Schiller Institute and initiator of the IPC, opened the meeting with her observation that a growing number of people have a terrible feeling that the “war machine is coming closer and closer, and that the situation is escalating by the day.” People such as Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić have warned that war may break out within 3 to 5 months. Zepp-LaRouche expressed her belief that this is one of the most dangerous periods in history, and in that context presented an elaboration of Putin’s proposal. She cited a statement by Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Office in Geneva Gennady Gatilov, who said that the Euro-Atlantic security system has completely failed, and that Putin’s June 14 proposal is the foundation for a new global security architecture in the era of multipolarity.

Zepp-LaRouche continued by pointing out the fact that there is a remarkable “affinity” between what President Putin is proposing, and what she herself and the Schiller Institute have been fighting for since the outbreak of the special military operation: namely her Ten Principles of a New International Security and Development Architecture. Commenting on a recent statement by Russian economist Sergey Glazyev, in which he says that “the cause of the military escalation is the bankruptcy of the Western financial system, which will sooner or later erupt in a full-scale social and economic catastrophe if the United States insists to keep the system up at all costs,” she noted that this is exactly what American physical economist Lyndon LaRouche had been forecasting since 1971: that Nixon’s abandonment of the fixed exchange rate system would lead to a new depression, a new fascism and the danger of world war. Were war to break out with Russia, Europe would have no way to survive, and therefore the population must be mobilized to stand against this.

An appeal to support Putin’s peace initiative, drafted by the East German Board of Trustees of Associations (Ostdeutsches Kuratorium von Verbänden, or OKV), was read to the meeting participants by IPC co-moderator Anastasia Battle. Helga Zepp-LaRouche voiced her full support for this initiative and at the conclusion of today’s meeting, the participants in the meeting overwhelmingly supported the OKV appeal. The IPC will shortly be releasing a full statement of support.

Joachim Bonatz, Vice President of the OKV, followed by expressing his conviction that only Russia and the NATO block can stop the conflict, and that is why the OKV is supporting Putin’s proposal. President Putin has warned that if the West continues its objective of a strategic defeat of Russia, Russia may be forced to change its no-first-use nuclear doctrine. Thus, a unified approach is necessary to build support for the Putin initiative to prevent an escalation of the war.

Ray McGovern, a former CIA analyst and co-founder of the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), began his remarks by stating that Putin, in his speech of June 14, “took off the rhetorical gloves”: “We have come dangerously close to the point of no return. Calls to inflict a strategic defeat on Russia … despite the fact that Russia possesses the largest arsenal of nuclear weapons may demonstrate the extreme recklessness of Western politicians,” said Putin. McGovern’s assessment is that the intention of Russia’s recently signed mutual defense pact with North Korea is deterrence: If the Biden administration, in a last ditch gambit, tries to escalate the war before the U.S. Presidential election—perhaps with the use of low-yield nuclear weapons—Russia can respond not only in the West, but in the East as well.

Donald Ramotar, former President of Guyana (2011-2015), stated his belief that the loss of international influence by the West is driving its actions, including the seizing of Russia’s assets, and that this is causing a growing number of nations to “migrate” towards the BRICS. These nations want to have greater freedom to deal with their own affairs without fear of sanctions. He voiced his full support for Putin’s proposal, characterizing it as the only sensible proposal at this time that has the potential to prevent a third world war.

Colonel Alain Corvez (ret.), former advisor to the French Ministry of the Interior, in agreement with prior speakers, stressed the importance of the Putin proposal, and the potential it has to open the door for negotiations. The problem is that the leaders of the West, particularly the United States, are “nihilists” who want to preserve their hegemony. This is the root of both the conflict in Gaza and in Ukraine. Because the leaders are irrational and corrupt, therefore it is up to the people to act.

Jacques Cheminade, President of the Solidarité et Progrès political party in France, began by commenting on the recent EU Parliament elections, characterizing the outcome as a “wave of discontent against Macron.” French President Macron is finished, but the question is, what’s next? The problem is that all the other parties are for war. That is why Cheminade has decided to run as a candidate in the upcoming French legislative elections—his campaign fully endorsed by Helga Zepp-LaRouche. Cheminade stated his intention to put pressure on all other candidates in France to agree on three fundamental points: no more delivery of weapons to Ukraine; dissolution of NATO; and peace based on common development.

Zepp-LaRouche, in response to a question during the discussion period, warned that we are dangerously close to a “tipping point”: Experts such as Steven Starr and Ted Postol have stated that the time leaders have to make decisions on the launching of nuclear weapons has shortened to such an extent that “we are hanging by a thin thread.” Her belief is that one of the most dangerous mythologies in the West is that “Putin is bluffing.” Putin has shown remarkable patience, but that does not mean that Russia does not have red lines. If people were aware of “how few minutes there are between us and extinction, people would not sleep anymore.”

In her closing remarks, Zepp-LaRouche once again emphasized the importance of supporting the OKV’s appeal to endorse Putin’s peace initiative. She expressed her conviction that only if there is a move to the spirit of the Treaty of Westphalia, based on securing the interests of every single country on the planet, will there be a chance for peace: “Putin’s proposal is the greatest approximation to [the Treaty of Westphalia]…. It’s a suggestion to go back to diplomacy; a very serious suggestion to go back to negotiations instead of war.” And that is why his proposal could be the last chance to save civilization.


Emergency Press Conference: The Danger of Nuclear War Is Real, and Must Be Stopped

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When:
Wednesday, June 12, 2024; 1:00—3:00 p.m. ET
Where:
National Press Club, Washington, D.C.; and on-line via Zoom
Who: 
· Scott Ritter: former U.N. weapons inspector and U.S. Marine intelligence officer
· Col. (ret.) Richard H. Black: former head of the U.S. Army’s Criminal Law Division at the Pentagon; former State Senator, Virginia (Speaker’s views are not those of DOD or its agencies)
· Lawrence Wilkerson: Senior Fellow at the Eisenhower Media Network, Chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, 2002–2005
· Helga Zepp-LaRouche: founder of the Schiller Institute
Host:
Schiller Institute

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IN PERSON PARTICIPATION: Seating is limited, if you wish to attend you must RSVP at questions@schillerinstitute.org

ONLINE JOURNALISTS PARTICIPATION: Journalists wishing to participate on-line, please send an email to questions@schillerinstitute.org indicating your name, media you represent, and language preference (English, German, French and Spanish can be accommodated), and you will receive a link by email.

GENERAL PUBLIC:
The public in general can view the online English-language live stream here: https://schillerinstitute.com/blog/2024/06/07/emergency-press-conference-the-danger-of-nuclear-war-is-real/
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On June 3, the U.S. State Department prevented U.S. citizen Scott Ritter from boarding his flight to St. Petersburg, Russia, and seized his passport. Ritter, a former U.S. Marine officer and United Nations weapons inspector who has become a prominent opponent of the current war policy, was traveling to participate in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), which is being attended by an estimated 19,000 people and 3,400 media representatives from some 130 countries. Ritter was subsequently able to participate in the SPIEF panel via Zoom.

In addition to the clear First and Fourth Amendment Constitutional issues raised by the Ritter case, the content of what Ritter was going to discuss is key: the need to improve U.S.-Russian relations and stop the escalating danger arising from NATO’s current posture towards Russia, as seen most starkly in Ukraine, which is dragging the world towards a nuclear World War III.

The May 22 attack on a critical Russian early-warning radar system at Armavir, purportedly by “Ukrainian” drones, could have been the event which tipped the balance towards war—because it could have confirmed for Russia their stated belief that NATO and the West are intent on “blinding” Russia’s early-warning system in preparation for a possible “preemptive decapitation” strike by the U.S. and NATO against them. Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly stated exactly this concern, publically, and it is the height of arrogant foolishness of the West to dismiss this as a “bluff,” as so many in Washington, London and other NATO capitals are now doing.

As dangerous as attempting to blind Russia’s early-warning radar, are the efforts to silence opposition voices who function as a kind of “early-warning” system in the domain of policy deliberation—those who are warning of the danger of nuclear war, and are presenting alternatives to a policy of confrontation.

On Wednesday, June 12 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., a distinguished panel of four experts will each make brief presentations on these topics, and will respond to questions from the media, both in person and over an international Zoom link (with simultaneous interpretation into German, French and Spanish for audiences in those countries).

Recent comments by the panelists:

Scott Ritter: “The command centers that Russia uses were conceptualized and constructed during the Soviet Union, when Ukraine was part of the Union, and, from a Russian perspective, they were deep in the Russian rear, protected. But if Ukraine now is carved out and made part of NATO, and you insert American missiles there, all of these places that were thought to be safe in the rear are now reachable. And if America allows Ukraine to use ATACMS missiles to strike these facilities, Russia will nuke NATO! Not Ukraine—NATO!… The Ukrainians are complaining that the United States will only allow them to use the HIMARS, that they won’t be allowed to use the ATACMS to strike Russia yet. But, just so everybody in your audience understands, we are one ATACMS launch away from everybody dying. The Russians aren’t playing games here.” [June 4, 2024, on Judge Andrew Napolitano’s “Judging Freedom” show]

Senator Richard Black: “Now, if you look at where we are right now with the three drone attacks directed at their eyes and ears against nuclear attacks, this clearly would trigger the nuclear doctrine of the Russian state. Now, in addition, if there’s actually a cohesive movement towards preparation for nuclear war—I’m not saying that we have made some sort of a decision, but we certainly are laying all the groundwork in case a decision was to be made. We’re attacking their early warning systems by blinding them. We have significant drone attacks against the nuclear bomber base in Russia, deep within Russia. Keep in mind that, from the Russian perspective, if you put yourself in their shoes, what do they see? They see that Russia is being blinded to where it can’t detect incoming attacks. Also, its nuclear bomber fleet is being attacked, repeatedly attacked. Now we see NATO moving nuclear capable F-16 jets into the country. You put all those together, and it is a very nerve-wracking situation for Russia, where they have such a short period between a nuclear launch against them and a decision being made to counter that launch. What do they do? How do they respond?” [May 30, 2024, interview with Executive Intelligence Review (EIR)]

Ray McGovern: “Russia views the U.S./NATO proxy war in Ukraine as the kind of existential threat that President John Kennedy perceived, when Moscow installed nuclear missiles in Cuba. Those missiles were capable of hitting, within minutes—Washington, D.C. and the Strategic Air Command in Omaha. For readers who have missed this, U.S. missile capsules already emplaced in Romania and Poland (ostensibly for ‘ABMs’) can accommodate overnight what Russia calls ‘offensive strike missiles’—with even shorter launch-to-target time—than those Kennedy strong-armed Khrushchev to remove from Cuba, under threat of nuclear war.” [Dec. 12, 2022, Antiwar.com]

Helga Zepp-LaRouche: “I can only say that the judgment of Scott Ritter is that once they start to use the ATACMS missiles, which have a much longer-range and could actually reach deep into Russian territory; or if German Chancellor Scholz capitulates again, which he is doing, and allows the Taurus cruise missiles to be deployed [to Ukraine], that could lead to the absolute destruction of Moscow, of the Kremlin, and would mean a guaranteed World War III. And we are absolutely sitting on that powder keg. Therefore, one ATACMS away from Armageddon is exactly where we are. And we have to really get the population mobilized… We have to convince the people of Western Europe and the United States that the countries of the Global South are not their enemy. What the BRICS-Plus countries are attempting to do is to straighten out the world order… [It is] eminently possible to establish a new security and development architecture.” [June 5, 2024, Weekly Schiller Institute webcast]


International Peace Coalition: ‘It May Alter Your Servility Toward the Hegemon’

The International Peace Coalition (IPC) continued its second year of weekly international online meetings today, with opening comments by Helga Zepp-LaRouche, founder of the Schiller Institute, who reported on the Emergency Press Conference that was held in Washington, D.C. on June 12. She had monitored the responses to the conference, and noted the worldwide concern about the decline of diplomacy, which has been superseded by violence and extortion as instruments of foreign policy.

Even Western media have been completely cynical about the recent G7 meeting, held in a luxury resort in Italy’s southern Puglia region. Except for hosting Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, every participating head of state was a lame duck of one sort or another. The tone of the meeting was uniformly bellicose, and Zepp-LaRouche presented her assessment of the plan to use the interest on frozen Russian financial holdings to leverage a $50 billion bond to arm Ukraine (because confiscating the entire $300 billion in frozen assets would be the “death knell for the financial system”): “This is obviously very good for the pockets of the military-industrial complex,” she said, but “given the fragility of the financial system, all of these things could trigger reactions which are not part of the calculation.” She discussed the almost surreal nature of how the Western media are covering international relations, such as Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s vaunted “Peace Formula” conference in Switzerland, which excludes Russia and therefore can’t possibly work. “You can see how all the news is being twisted,” she said, and stressed the importance of the June 15-16 Schiller Institute conference.

Advice for Peace Activists

Political analyst Garland Nixon provocatively asserted that, in a sense, nuclear weapons are already in use; he gave the example of the use of depleted uranium rounds, and urged his listeners to “research Fallujah.” He added that similar weapons were sent to Ukraine, but many were apparently blown up in a weapons depot before they could be used. He told the participants that the ruling elites will not respond to reason, so they must be forced by the masses to act. He referred to “the puppet avatars whom they put out, such as Joe Biden.” He recommended to peace activists that they build a long-term infrastructure for activism, because “they’re planning their next conflict…. This is about getting Russia out of the way, so they can get to China.”

Jack Gilroy, a long-time peace activist and member of Pax Christi, described how that organization started in March 1945. He said that the religion of Christianity preaches nonviolence, but regrettably “has become the greatest killer of any religion in the world.” He emphasized the importance of maintaining the intensity of the recent student activism in the U.S., saying that students “may be away from their campuses, but they’re not away from their phones.” He recommended a focus on social media, where there are now 25-30 major platforms. Although there is good work being done on stopping the genocide in Gaza, “even the students are not awake on the issue of nuclear weapons.”

Gilroy provided colorful anecdotes from his life of peace activism. He described life as a school teacher during the 1960s, when people were more conscious of the threat posed by nuclear weapons. His young students who participated in “duck and cover” drills knew that these were nonsensical and were offering no real protection; one of his students became so frightened that she swallowed a bottle of aspirin in the restroom and had to be rushed to the hospital. But in those days, at least there was an open channel of communication between the U.S. and the Soviet Union; today we don’t have the red phone, nor any cultural exchange.

Disillusioned by the U.S. government, Gilroy’s family moved to Australia, where Jack found himself organizing students to protest French nuclear testing in the Pacific. He later resumed his work in the U.S., where Jack was videotaped dressed as Santa Claus, climbing over the fence at an armaments factory with a bag of gifts for defense workers. He concluded by praising the Schiller Institute’s June 12 emergency press conference and urging the widest possible circulation of its press release.

Helga Zepp-LaRouche responded to Garland Nixon by saying that we must convince the people of the U.S. and Europe that the nations of the Global South are our natural allies. If we can work with the BRICS, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, and related bodies, then there is reason for optimism. She then invited Jack Gilroy to come to Germany and straighten out the wayward Catholics and Protestants there, including many of their top leaders.

During the discussion period, one guest who described himself as a “Simple German” reported that he has become remoralized to learn that he has co-thinkers around the world.

New York independent congressional candidate Jose Vega gave a report on the Nov. 5 elections. He mentioned that in the Bronx congressional district that borders his own, AIPAC is spending over $11 million in an effort to “primary” Rep. Jamaal Bowman. Vega stressed that he is not endorsing Bowman, who is very wrong on Ukraine, but praised him for taking a stand on Gaza. “Nobody should be allowed to just buy a congressional district.” said Vega. “These elections should be decided by voters, not by people who have deep pockets.”

A report came from a German participant who had worked in a senior position for the NATO political affairs division, during which he had participated, beginning in 1979, in the Wintex “crisis management” exercises, which included nuclear war gaming. He reported that each time the scenarios were “gamed,” Europe was always destroyed. He recalled one exercise where an American general was heard to say, “Unfortunately, in the Fulda Gap, the German villages are only half a kiloton away from each other.”

A correspondent for Unity News in the U.K. reported that the mainstream media and government all say that soon there will be conscription there, and British youth will go to Ukraine to fight. She said that the majority of Britons have no idea and think that this is a joke. “As independent media, we find it very difficult to speak outside of our bubble … to get any traction,” she said, and she also praised the June 12 press conference.

IPC co-moderator Dennis Small recommended that everyone watch the 22-minute exchange between Putin and the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) moderator Sergey Karaganov on the issue of Russia’s nuclear arms policy. He added that the greatest danger is that if nuclear war proceeds, everything beautiful that humanity has created will disappear. He quoted from Nikolai Ostrovsky’s book, How the Steel Was Tempered: “Man’s dearest possession is his life, and since it is given him but once, he must live so as to feel no regrets for years without purpose; so live as not to be with shame of a cowardly and trivial past.”

In her concluding remarks, Helga Zepp-LaRouche underscored the importance of the report given by a German, who had participated in NATO war games in Europe, describing the actual thinking in these nuclear games that Europe does not play a role. “That is absolutely something which people should really come to grips with, because once you realize that you are just a pawn on a chessboard, dispensable to be thrown away, it may alter your servility towards the hegemon.” She added that because nuclear war threatens everyone in the world, “it makes everyone automatically a world citizen.”


Schiller Institute Holds Explosive Press Conference at the National Press Club on the Danger of Nuclear War

On Wednesday, June 12, the Schiller Institute hosted an emergency press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. to bring the imminent danger of nuclear war to an American audience. The event featured four distinguished speakers: Scott Ritter, former U.N. weapons inspector and U.S. Marine intelligence office; Col. (ret.) Richard H. Black, former head of the U.S. Army’s Criminal Law Division at the Pentagon and a former Virginia State Senator; Helga Zepp-LaRouche, founder of the Schiller Institute; and Col. (ret.) Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell.

The in-person gathering at the National Press Club was joined by dozens of journalists participating by Zoom from around the world, with simultaneous interpretation provided in Spanish, German and French. In addition, close to 2,000 people participated on a live Schiller Institute feed, with others joining via other electronic venues. Within 24 hours, over 30,000 had viewed the event.

The press conference took place in an exceptionally timely way, as tensions between the United States and Russia have skyrocketed over the recent weeks, prompting some in Russia to discuss the potential of changing their nuclear doctrine, which currently rules out a first strike, and referring to this as a reverse Cuban Missile Crisis. Worse, there is no semblance of maturity or comprehension of this danger within American or NATO officialdom, nor in the general public, only a seemingly mindless ladder of escalation of further involvement in Ukraine.

The panelists were excellently suited to discuss this topic, as, among others, Scott Ritter and Helga Zepp-LaRouche have been listed as targets by Ukraine’s U.S.-funded Center for Countering Disinformation (CCD) for their role in speaking out publicly against NATO’s pro-war policies. Additionally, Ritter was recently prevented from boarding a plane to attend the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in Russia, based on orders from the State Department, and even had his passport seized. When asked by one participant in the press conference why the U.S. didn’t want Ritter to travel abroad, he replied that this was going to be part of a 40-day peace mission to bring the message of friendship from America to Russia, and that this “scared them to death.”

In his concluding remarks, Ritter emphasized: “Every American needs to wake up every morning with that fear [of nuclear war] in your stomach… I don’t know what you think anybody’s been saying up here, but what I heard is we’re headed towards a nuclear conflict that the United States is going to start. How do we stop it? The first thing is the realization that this threat is real.”

Zepp-LaRouche elaborated on the needed solution: “We are going into the most important and dangerous period probably in all of history.” The World War II generation knew what war was, she stated, but the new generation is shallow-minded, and doesn’t know history. All nations must come together to organize a new international security and development architecture, in much the same way that the 1648 Treaty of Westphalia put an end to the Thirty Years war in Europe. For that, there must be a sense of higher lawfulness, natural law, Zepp-LaRouche concluded, and referenced her “Ten Principles For a New Security and Development Architecture.” “We have to lift humanity to a higher level of morality if we want to survive this great danger.”

The full video of the emergency press conference is available here.


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Paris Schiller Institute to Stage Afghan Civil Society Protest Exposing UNESCO Sanctions Against Cultural Heritage Cooperation

Paris, Feb. 13, 2024 – On Thursday February 22, between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm CET, members and supporters of the International Schiller Institute, founded and presided by Helga Zepp-LaRouche, will gather peacefully in front of one of the main buildings of the headquarters of UNESCO in Paris (1, rue Miollis, Paris 75015). An appeal, endorsed by both Afghans and respected personalities of four continents, will be presented to the Secretary General and other officials of UNESCO.

How it started

Following a highly successful conference in Kabul last November by the Ibn-e-Sina Research & Development Center on the reconstruction of Afghanistan, a group of senior archaeologists of the Afghan Academy of Sciences (ASA), in discussion with the organizers and the invited experts of the Schiller Institute, suggested to launch a common appeal to UNESCO and Western governments to “lift the sanctions against cultural heritage cooperation.”

The call

We regret profoundly, says the call, “that the Collective West, while weeping crocodile tears over destruction of the world’s cultural heritage, has imposed a selective ban of scientific cooperation on nations mistakenly considered as ‘opposed to its rules and values.’ The complete freeze of all cooperation in the field of archaeology between France and both Syria and Afghanistan, is just one example of this tragedy.”

The dramatic neglect of international cultural institutions and donors to Afghanistan, the lack of sufficient funds in the field of cultural heritage protection, and the political treatment of international cultural heritage institutions have seriously endangered Afghanistan,” underscores the petition.

Specifically, “UNESCO, which should raise its voice against any new form of ‘cultural and scientific apartheid,’ has repeatedly worsened the situation by politicizing issues beyond its prerogatives.” To conclude, the signers call “on the international community to immediately end this form of ‘collective punishment,’ which creates suffering and injustice, promotes ignorance, and endangers humanity’s capacity for mutual respect and understanding.”

Living Spirit of Afghanistan

To date, over 550 signatures have been collected, mainly from both Afghan male (370) and female (140) citizens, whose socio-professional profiles indicate they truly represent the “living spirit of the nation”. Among the signatories: 62 university lecturers, 27 doctors, 25 teachers, 25 members of the Afghan Academy of Sciences, 23 merchants, 16 civil and women’s rights activists, 16 engineers, 10 directors and deans of private and public universities, 7 political analysts, 6 journalists, 5 prosecutors, several business leaders and dozens of qualified professionals from various sectors.

International support

On four continents (Europe, Asia, America, Africa), senior archaeologists, scientists, researchers, members of the Academy of Sciences, historians and musicians from over 20 countries have welcomed and signed this appeal.

Professor Pino Arlacchi, a former member of the European Parliament and the former head of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), was the first to sign. Award-winning American filmmaker Oliver Stone is a more recent signer.

In France, Syria, Italy, the UK and Russia, among the signers one finds senior researchers suffering the consequences of what some have identified as a “New Cultural Cold War.” Superseding the very different opinions they have on many questions, the signatories stand united on the core issue of this appeal: for science to progress, all players, beyond ideological, political and religious differences, and far from the geopolitical logic of “blocs”, must be able to exchange freely and cooperate, in particular to protect mankind’s historical and cultural heritage.

Testifying to the firm commitment of the Afghan authorities, the petition has also been endorsed by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Culture and Arts, and the Minister of Agriculture, as well as senior officials from the Ministries of Higher Education, Water and Energy, Mines, Finance, and others.

The 46th session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, to be held in New Delhi in July this year, offers UNESCO the opportunity to announce Afghanistan’s full return into world heritage cooperation, if we can have our voice heard,” says Karel Vereycken of the Paris Schiller Institute. “We certainly will not miss transmitting this appeal to HE Vishal V Sharma, India’s permanent representative to UNESCO, recently nominated to make the Delhi 46th session a success.”

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Complete list of names of signers

Complete list of names of signers

A. FROM AFGHAN CIVIL SOCIETY:

Hussain Burhani, Archaeologist, Numismatist, Afghanistan;

Ketab Khan Faizi, Archaeologist, Director of the Academy of Sciences at the International Centre for Kushan Studies in Kabul, Afghanistan;

Stora Isham Mayar, Archaeologist, member of the Academy of Sciences at the International Centre for Kushan Studies in Kabul, editor in chief of the journal of this mentioned center, Afghanistan;

Mahmood Jan Drost, Senior Architect, head of protection of old cities of Afghanistan, Ministry of Urban Development and Housing, Afghanistan;

Ghulam Haidar Kushkaky, Archaeologist, associate professor, Archaeology Investigation Center, Afghanistan ;

Shawkatullah Abed, Chief of Staff, Afghan Science Academy, Afghanistan;

Sardar Ghulam Ali Balouch, Head of Afghanistan Balochs Union, Afghanistan;

Daud Azimi Shinwari, Ibn-Sina Research & Development Center, Germany;

Abdul Fatah Raufi, Ibn-Sina Research & Development Center, Kabul, Afghanistan;

Mirwais Popal, Dip, Master, Ibn-Sina Research & Development Center, Germany;

– Laieq Ahmadi, Archeologist, Former head, Archeology department of Bamiyan University, Afghanistan

– Ershad Noorzai Balkhi, PhD researcher at the University of Helsinki, Afghanistan.

B. FROM ABROAD:

(Russia, China, USA, Indonesia, France, Angola, Germany, Turkiye, Italy, Mexico, Sweden, Iran, Belgium, Czech Republic, Syria, Congo Brazzaville, Yemen, Venezuela, Pakistan, Canada, Democratic Republic of Congo.)

– H.E. Mr Mohammad Homayoon Azizi, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to Paris, UNESCO and ICESCO, France;

Julio Bendezu-Sarmiento, Researcher at the National Scientific Research Centre (CNRS), Archaeologist specializing in Central Asia; Former director of the Delegation of French Archaeologists in Afghanistan (DAFA) (2014-2018), France;

Inès Safi, CNRS, Researcher in Theoretical Nanophysics, France;

Pierre Leriche, Archeologist, Director of Research Emeritus at CNRS-AOROC, Scientific Director of the Urban Archaeology of the Hellenized Orient research program, France;

Nadezhda A. Dubova, Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Dr. in Biology, Prof. in History. Head of the Russian-Turkmen Margiana archaeological expedition, Russian Academy of Science (RAS), Russia;

Raffaele Biscione, retired, associate Researcher, Consiglio Nazionale delle Recerche (CNR); former first researcher of CNR, former director of the CNR archaeological mission in Eastern Iran (2009-2022), Italy;

Dr. Razia Sultanova, Professor, Cambridge University, UK;

Dr. Houmam Saad, Archaeologist, Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums, Syria;

Estelle Ottenwelter, Institute of Archaeology, Czech Academy of Sciences, Natural Sciences and Archaeometry, Post-Doc, Czech Republic;

Didier Destremau, author, diplomat, former French Ambassador, President of the Franco-Syrian Friendship Association (AFS), France ;

Wang Feng, Professor, South-West Asia Department of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), China;

Dr. Engin Beksaç, Professor, Trakya University, Department of Art History, Turkiye;

Bruno Drweski, Professor, National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO), France;

Maurizio Abbate, National President of National Agency of Cultural Activities (ENAC), Italy;

Patricia Lalonde, Former Member of the European Parliament, vice-president of Geopragma, author of several books on Afghanistan, France;

Pino Arlacchi, Professor of sociology, Former Member of the European Parliament, former head of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Italy;

Oliver Stone, Academy Award-winning Film director, Producer, and Screenwriter;

Graham E. Fuller, Author, former Station chief for the CIA in Kabul until 1978, former Vice-Chair of the National Intelligence Council (1986), USA;

Prof. H.C. Fouad Al Ghaffari, Advisor to Prime Minister of Yemen for BRICS Countries affairs, Yemen;

Irène Neto, president, Fundacao Dr. Antonio Agostinho Neto (FAAN), Angola;

Luc Reychler, Professor international politics, University of Leuven, Belgium;

Pierre-Emmanuel Dupont, Expert and Consultant in public International Law, Senior Lecturer at the Institut Catholique de Vendée, France;

Dr. Ririn Tri Ratnasari, Professor, Head of Center for Halal Industry and Digitalization, Advisory Board at Journal of Islamic Accounting and Business Research, Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Airlangga, Indonesia;

Dr. Clifford A. Kiracofe, Author, retired Professor of International Relations, USA;

Bernard Bourdin, Dominican priest, Philosophy and Theology teacher, Institut Catholique de Paris (ICP), France;

Dr. jur. Wolfgang Bittner, Author, Göttingen, Germany;

Annie Lacroix-Riz, Professor Emeritus of Contemporary History, Université Paris-Cité, France;

Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim, Ph.D in Philology and Literature, University Lecturer and former editor in chief of the Syria Times, Syria;

Jean Bricmont, Author, retired Physics Professor, Belgium;

Syed Mohsin Abbas, Journalist, Broadcaster, Political Analyst and Political Justice activist, Pakistan;

Eduardo D. Greaves PhD, Professor of Physics, Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas, Venezuela;

Dora Muanda, Scientific Director, Kinshasa Science and Technology Week, Democratic Republic of Congo;

Dr. Christian Parenti, Professor of Political Economy, John Jay College CUNY, New York, USA;

Diogène Senny, President of the Panafrican Ligue UMOJA, Congo Brazzaville;

Waheed Seyed Hasan, Journalist based in Qatar, former Special correspondent of IRNA in New Delhi, former collaborator of Tehran Times, Iran;

Alain Corvez, Colonel (retired), Consultant International Strategy consultant, France;

Stefano Citati, Journalist, Italy;

Gaston Pardo, Journalist, graduate of the National University of Mexico. Co-founder of the daily Liberacion, Mexico;

Jan Oberg, PhD, Peace and Future Research, Art Photographer, Lund, Sweden.

Julie Péréa, City Councilor for the town of Poussan (Hérault), delegate for gender equality and the fight against domestic violence, member of the Sète Agglopole Méditerranée gender equality committee, France;

Helga Zepp-LaRouche, Founder and International President of the Schiller Institute, Germany;

Abid Hussein, independent journalist, Pakistan;

Anne Lettrée, Founder and President of the Garden of Titans, Cultural Relations Ambassador between France and China for the Greater Paris region, France;

Karel Vereycken, Painter-engraver, amateur Art Historian, Schiller Institute, France;

Carlo Levi Minzi, Pianist, Musician, Italy;

Leena Malkki Brobjerg, Opera singer, Sweden;

Georges Bériachvili, Pianist, Musicologist, France;

Jacques Pauwels, Historian, Canada;

Farhat Asif, President of Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies (IPDS), Pakistan;

– Dursun Yildiz, Director, Hydropolitics Association, Türkiye;
 
– Irene Rodríguez, Departamento de Historia, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
 

Alexandra Vanleene, Archaeologist, specialist in Gandhara Buddhist Art, Researcher, Independent Academic Advisor Harvard FAS CAMLab, France;

Sandra Jaeggi-Richoz, Professor, Historian and archaeologist of the Antiquity, France;

 

C. FROM AFGHAN AUTHORITIES

Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, Deputy Foreign Minister, IEA;

Mawlawi Muhibullah Wasiq, Head of Foreign Minister’s Office, IEA;

Waliwullah Shahin, Member of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, IEA;

Sayedull Afghani, Member of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, IEA;

Hekmatullah Zaland, Member of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, IEA;

Shafi Azam, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, IEA;

Atiqullah Azizi, Deputy Minister of Culture and Art, Ministry of Information and Culture, IEA;

Ghorzang Farhand, Ministry of Information and Culture, IEA;

Ghulam Dastgir Khawari, Advisor of Ministry of Higher Education, IEA;

Mawlawi Rahmat Kaka Zadah, Member of ministry of Interior Affairs, IEA;

Mawlawi Arefullah, Member of Interior Affairs, IEA;
Ataullah Omari, Acting Agriculture Minister, IEA;

Mawlawi Hussain Ahmad, Head of office in Ministry of Agriculture, IEA:

Musa Noorzai, Member of Ministry of Agriculture, IEA;

Mawlawi Hussain Ahmad, Head of office, Ministry of Agriculture, IEA;

Mawlawi Shar Aqa, Head of Kunar Agriculture Administration, IEA;

Matiulah Mujadidi, Head of Communication of Ministry of Finance, IEA;

Zabiullah Noori, Executive Manager, Ministry of Finance, IEA;

Akbar Wazizi, Member of Ministry of Finance, IEA;

Nasrullah Ebrahimi, Auditor, Ministry of Finance, IEA;

Mir M. Haroon Noori, Representative, Ministry of Economy, IEA;

Abdul Qahar Mahmodi, Ministry of Commerce, IEA;

Dr. Ghulam Farooq Azam, Adviser, Ministry of Water & Energy (MoWE), IEA;

Faisal Mahmoodi, Investment Facilitation Expert, Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, IEA;

Rustam Hafiz Yar, Ministry of Transportation, IEA;

Qudratullah Abu Hamza, Governor of Kunar, IEA;

Mansor Faryabi, Member of Kabul Municipality, IEA;

Mohammad Sediq Patman, Former Deputy Minister of Education for Academic Affairs, IEA;

COMPLEMENTARY LIST

A. FROM AFGHANS

  • Jawad Nikzad, Ibn Sina R&D Centre, Kabul, Afghanistan ;

  • Dr. Akram Azimi, Ibn Sina R&D Centre, Kabul, Afghanistan ;

  • Najibullah Totakhel, Ibn Sina R&D Centre, Germany 

  • Ghulam Farooq Ansari, Professor, Ibn Sina R&D Centre, Kabul, Afghanistan ;

  • Imran Zakeria, Researcher at Regional Studies Center, Academy of Sciences of Afghanistan, Ibn Sina R&D Centre, Kabul, Afghanistan ;

  • Subhanullah Obaidi, Doctor, Ibn Sina R&D Centre, Germany ;

  • Ali Shabeez, Ibn Sina R&D Centre, Kabul, Germany ;

  • Mawlawi Wahid Ameen, Ibn Sina R&D Centre, Kabul, Afghanistan ;

  • Shar M. Amir Zadah, Ibn Sina R&D Centre, Kabul, Afghanistan ;

  • Sayed Rafiullah Halim, Professor, Ibn Sina R&D Centre, Kabul Afghanistan ;

  • Nazar Mohmmad Ragheb, Ibn Sina R&D Centre, Kabul, Afghanistan ;

  • Ali Sina Masoumi, Ibn Sina R&D Centre Kabul, Afghanistan ;

  • Faisal Mahmoodi, Ibn Sina R&D Centre, Kabul, Afghanistan ;

  • Fatima Basir, Ibn Sina R&D Centre, Kabul, Afghanistan ;

  • Muneera Aman, Ibn Sina R&D Centre, Kabul, Afghanistan ;

  • Abdul Shakoor, Ibn Sina R&D Centre, Kabul, Afghanistan ;

  • Abdul Waris Ebad, Employee of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Afghanistan ;

  • Waisullah Sediqi, Ibn Sina R&D Centre, Kabul, Afghanistan ;

  • Sayed Hakim Aria, Employee of Ministry of Information and Culture, Afghanistan ;

  • Nayebuddin Ekrami, Employee of Ministry of information and Culture, Afghanistan ;

  • Latifa Azimi, Former Employee of Ministry of Education, Afghanistan ;

  • Latifa Noori, Former Employee of Ministry of Education, Afghanistan ;

  • Habibullah Haqani, Employee of Kabul Municipality, Afghanistan ;

  • Shafiqullah Baburzai, Cultural Heritage, Afghanistan ;

  • Abdullah Kamawal, Cultural Heritage, Afghanistan ;

  • Abdul Rashid Lodin, Cultural Heritage, Afghanistan ;

  • Asef Nang, Cultural Heritage, Afghanistan ;

  • Awal Khan Shekib, Member of Afghanistan Regional Studies Center, Afghanistan ;

  • Mohammad Anwar Fayaz, Lecturer, Afghanistan Science Academy, Afghanistan ;

  • Farhad Ahmadi, Lecturer, Afghanistan Science Academy, Afghanistan ;

  • Fayqa Lahza Faizi, Lecturer, Afghanistan Science Academy, Afghanistan ;

  • Dr. Hakim Haidar, Lecturer, Afghanistan Science Academy, Afghanistan ;

  • Rahimullah Harifal, Lecturer, Afghanistan Science Academy, Afghanistan ;

  • Sharifullah Dost, Lecturer, Afghanistan Science Academy, Afghanistan ;

  • Eshaq Momand, Lecturer, Afghanistan Science Academy, Afghanistan ;

  • Khalil Rahman Barekzal, Lecturer, Afghanistan Science Academy, Afghanistan ;

  • Ghulam Haidar Kushkaki, Lecturer, Afghanistan Science Academy, Afghanistan ;

  • Ghulam Nabi Hanifi, Lecturer, Afghanistan Science Academy, Afghanistan ;

  • Marina Bahar, Lecturer, Afghanistan Science Academy, Afghanistan ;

  • Sayed Muhaidin Hashimi, Lecturer, Afghanistan Science Academy, Afghanistan ;

  • Abdul Majid Nadim, Lecturer, Afghanistan Science Academy, Afghanistan ;

  • Elaha Maqsoodi, Lecturer, Afghanistan Science Academy, Afghanistan ;

  • Khadim Ahmad Haqiqi, Lecturer, Afghanistan Science Academy, Afghanistan ;

  • Shahidullah Safi, Member, Afghanistan Science Academy, Afghanistan ;

  • Abdul Wahab Hamdard, Member, Afghanistan Science Academy, Afghanistan ;

  • Burhanullah Niazi, Member, Afghanistan Science Academy, Afghanistan ;

  • M. Alam Eshaq Zai, Member, Afghanistan Science Academy, Afghanistan ;

  • Ghulam Hasan Farmand, Member, Afghanistan Science Academy, Afghanistan ;

  • Zalmai Hewad Mal, Member, Afghanistan Science Academy, Afghanistan ;

  • Abdul Rahman Atash, Head of Afghanistan National Development Company (NDC), Afghanistan ;

  • Obaidullah, Head of Public Library, Afghanistan ;

  • Sayed Abdul Maqdam, Head of Khawar construction company, Afghanistan ;

  • Zaki Zarifi, Head of Zarifi company, Afghanistan ;

  • Jamshid Faizi, Head of Faizi company, Afghanistan ;

  • M. Yasin Farahman, Head of Agriculture Center, Afghanistan ;

  • Mawlawi Nik M. Nikmal, Head of Planning in Technical Administration, Afghanistan ;

  • Abdul Wahid Rahimi, Member of Bashtani Bank, Afghanistan ;

  • M. Daud Mangal, Head of Ariana Afghan Airlines, Afghanistan ;

  • Mostafa Yari, entrepreneur, Afghanistan;

  • Gharwal Roshan, Head of Kabul International Airfield, Afghanistan ;

  • Eqbal Mirzad, Head of New Kabul City Project, Afghanistan ;

  • Najibullah Sadiq, Vice-president of Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Indunstry (ACCI), Afghanistan ;

  • M. Yunis Mohmand, Vice-president of ACCI, Afghanistan ;

  • Khanjan Alikozai, Member of ACCI, Afghanistan ;

  • Mawlawi Abdul Rashid, Kabul Municipality, Afghanistan ;

  • Atiqullah Safi, Employee of Kabul Municipality, Afghanistan ;

  • Abdul Jalil Safi, Employee of Kabul Municipality, Afghanistan ;

  • Hujat Fazli, Head of Harakat, Afghanistan Investment Climate Facility Afghanistan ;

  • Dr. Mehrab Hamidi, Member of Economical Commission, Afghanistan ;

  • Hamid Pazhwak, Economist, Afghanistan ;

  • M. Awaz Ali Alizai, Economist, Afghanistan ;

  • Shamshad Omar, Economist, Afghanistan ;

  • Helai Fahang, Economy Specialist, Afghanistan ;

  • Maryam Alikozai, Economy Specialist, Afghanistan ;

  • Dunya Farooz, Economy Specialist, Afghanistan ;

  • Soman Khamoosh, Economy Specialist, Afghanistan ;

  • Drs. Shokoria Yousofi, Bachelor of Economy, Afghanistan;

  • Sharifa Wardak, Specialist of Agriculture, Afghanistan;

  • M. Asef Dawlat Shahi, Specialist of Chemistry, Afghanistan;

  • Pashtana Hamami, Specialist of Statistics, Afghanistan;

  • Asma Karimi, Master of Management, Afghanistan;

  • Dr. Ahmad Zaki Afghanyar, Vice-President of Herat Health committee, Afghanistan ;

  • Dr. Hashem Mudaber, Medical Doctor, Afghanistan ;

  • Dr. Hekmatullah Arian, Medical Doctor, Afghanistan ;

  • Dr. Abdul Wahab Rahmani, Medical Doctor, Afghanistan ;

  • Dr. Karima Rahimyar, Medical Doctor, Afghanistan ;

  • Dr. Sayeeda Basiri, Medical Doctor, Afghanistan ;

  • Dr. Emran Sayeedi, Medical Doctor, Afghanistan ;

  • Dr. Abdul Hadi Dawlatzai, Medical Doctor, Afghanistan ;

  • Dr. Ghani Naseri, Medical Doctor, Afghanistan ;

  • Dr. Nafisa Naseri, Medical Doctor, Afghanistan ;

  • Dr. Abdul Ghani Naseri, Medical Doctor, Afghanistan;

  • Dr. Mohammad Younis Shouaib, Medical Doctor, Afghanistan ;

  • Dr. Halima Akbari, Medical Doctor, Afghanistan;

  • Dr. Manizha Emaq, Medical Doctor, Afghanistan;

  • Dr. Shafiq Shinwari, Medical Doctor, Afghanistan ;

  • Dr. Akbar Jan Foolad, Medical Doctor, Afghanistan ;

  • Dr. Haidar Omar, Medical Doctor, Afghanistan ;

  • Dr. Ehsanuddin Ehsan, Medical Doctor, Afghanistan ;

  • Dr. Abdul Wakil Matin, Medical Doctor, Afghanistan ;

  • Dr. Abdul Matalib, Medical Doctor, Afghanistan ;

  • Dr. Azizi Amer, Medical Doctor, Afghanistan ;

  • Dr. Nasr Sajar, Medical Doctor, Afghanistan ;

  • Dr. Humayon Hemat, Medical Doctor, Afghanistan ;

  • Dr. Humaira Fayaq, Medical Doctor, Afghanistan ;

  • Dr. Sadruddin Tajik, Medical Doctor, Afghanistan ;

  • Dr. Abdul Baqi Ahmad Zai, Surgery Specialist, Afghanistan ;

  • Dr. Beqis Kohistani, Medical Doctor, Afghanistan;

  • Dr. Nafisa Nasiri, Medical Doctor, Afghanistan;

  • Dr. Aziza Yousuf, Head of Malalai Hospital, Afghanistan;

  • Dr. Yasamin Hashimi, Medical Doctor, Afghanistan;

  • Dr. Zuhal Najimi, Medical Doctor, Afghanistan;

  • Dr. Ahmad Salem Sedeqi, Medical Doctor, Afghanistan;

  • Dr. Fazel Raman, veterinary, Afghanistan;

  • Khatera Anwary, Health, Afghanistan;

  • Rajina Noori, Member of Afghanistan Journalists Union, Afghanistan ;

  • Sajad Nikzad, Journalist, Afghanistan ;

  • Ahmad Suhaib Hasrat, Journalist, Afghanistan ;

  • Shar Aqa Karimi, Journalist, Afghanistan ;

  • Sayed Mohammad Suhrabi , Journalist, Afghanistan ;

  • Mohammad Nasir Kuhzad, Journalist and Political Analyst, Afghanistan ;

  • Fazel Menallah, Political Analyst, Afghanistan;

  • M. Wahid Benish, Political Analyst, Afghanistan ;

  • Mahmood Jan Shafizada, Political Analyst, Afghanistan ;

  • Fazel Rahman Orya, Political Analyst, Afghanistan ;

  • Zarghon Shah Shinwari, Political Analyst, Afghanistan ;

  • Abdul Ghafor Shinwari, Political Analyst, Afghanistan ;

  • Dr. Ahmad Yousufi, Dean, Kateb University, Afghanistan ;

  • Dr. Yayia Balaghat, Scientific Vice-President, Kateb University, Afghanistan ;

  • Chaman Shah Etemadi, Head of Gharjistan University, Afghanistan;

  • Dr. Mesbah, Head of Salam University, Afghanistan;

  • Dr. Pirzad Ahmad Fawad, Kabul University;

  • Dr. Nasir Nawidi, Dean of a Private University, Afghanistan;

  • Zabiullah Fazli, Dean of a Private University, Afghanistan;

  • Ramish Adib, Vice of a Private University, Afghanistan;

  • M. Taloot Muahid, Dean of a Private University, Afghanistan;

  • Ebrahim Ansari, School Manager, Afghanistan;

  • Abas Ali Zimozai, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan ;

  • Arshad Rahimi, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan ;

  • Fasihuddin Fasihi, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan ;

  • Waisuddin Jawad, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan ;

  • M. Murtaza Sharzoi, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan ;

  • M. Matin Monis, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan ;

  • Mohammad Wahid Benish, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan ;

  • Hussian Iqbal, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan ;

  • Muhsin Reshad, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan ;

  • Mohammad Sadiq Baqori, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan ;

  • Mohammad Zahir Halimi, Univ. Lecturer , Afghanistan ;

  • Rohla Qurbani, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan ;

  • Murtaza Rezaee, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan ;

  • Ghulam Rasoul Qarluq, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan ;

  • Najim Wahidi, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan ;

  • M. Rashid Iqbal, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan ;

  • Abdul Rahman Matin, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan ;

  • M. Mujtaba Amin, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan ;

  • Amanullah Faqiri, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan ;

  • Abuzar Khpelwak Zazai, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan ;

  • Belal Tayab, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan ;

  • M. Adel Hakimi, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan ;

  • Wasiqullah Ghyas, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan ;

  • Faridduin Atar, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan ;

  • Safiullah Jawhar, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan ;

  • Amir Jan Saqib, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan ;

  • Ahmad Shekib Rahmani, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan ;

  • M. Gulzar Hashimi, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan ;

  • Taj Mohammad, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan;

  • Hekmatullah Mirzad, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan;

  • Abdul Haq Atid, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan ;

  • M. Fahim Momand, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan;

  • Ahmad Fawad Ehsas, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan;

  • Naqibullah Sediqi, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan;

  • Maiwand Wahidi, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan;

  • M. Nazir Hayati, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan;

  • Najiba Rahmani, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan;

  • Abeda Baba Karkhil, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan;

  • Dr. M. Qayoum Karim, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan;

  • Sayed Sharif Shabir, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan;

  • Ahmad Walid Howaida, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan;

  • Zalmai Rahib, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan;

  • Dr. Sadiq Baqori, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan;

  • Mir Zafaruddin Ansari, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan;

  • Atta Mohammad Alwak, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan;

  • Dr. Zabiullah Iqbal, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan;

  • Dr. Hasan Fazaili, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan;

  • M. Jawad Jalili, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan;

  • Mukhtar Ali Nasto, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan;

  • Namatullah Nabawi, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan;

  • Ghulam Abas Noori, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan;

  • Mustafa Anwari, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan;

  • Fakhria Popal, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan;

  • Shiba Sharzai, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan;

  • Marya Hashimi, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan;

  • Nilofar Hashimi, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan;

  • Munisa Hasan, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan;

  • Nazifa Azimi, Univ. Lecturer, Afghanistan;

  • Sweeta Sharify, Lecturer; Afghanistan;

  • Fayaz Gul, Lecturer, Afghanistan;

  • Zakia Ahmad Zai, Lecturer, Afghanistan;

  • Nigani Barati, Education Specialist, Afghanistan ;

  • Azeeta Nazhand, Teacher, Afghanistan ;

  • Sughra, Teacher, Afghanistan;

  • Nadia Sharif, Teacher, Afghanistan;

  • Maryam Omari, Teacher, Afghanistan;

  • Masoud, Teacher, Afghanistan;

  • Zubair Ahmad, Teacher, Afghanistan;

  • Khalil Ahmad, Teacher, Afghanistan;

  • Khadija Omid, Teacher, Afghanistan;

  • Haida Rasouli, Teacher, Afghanistan;

  • Hemat Hamad, Teacher, Afghanistan ;

  • Wazir Safi, Teacher, Afghanistan ;

  • Mohammad Qasim, Teacher, Afghanistan ;

  • Zamin Shah, Teacher, Afghanistan ;

  • Sayed Qayas, Teacher, Afghanistan ;

  • Mehrabuddin, Teacher, Afghanistan ;

  • Zahidullah Zahid, Teacher, Afghanistan ;

  • Akmal Mahros, Teacher, Afghanistan ;

  • Sadia Mohammadi, Teacher, Afghanistan;

  • Mina Amiri, Teacher, Afghanistan;

  • M. Sajad Nikzad, Teacher, Afghanistan ;

  • Mursal Nikzad, Teacher, Afghanistan ;

  • Abdul Qadir Shahab, Teacher, Afghanistan;

  • M. Hasan Sahi, Teacher, Afghanistan ;

  • Mirwais Haqmal, Teacher, Afghanistan ;

  • Leeda Khurasai, Teacher, Afghanistan ;

  • Karishma Hashimi, Instructor, Afghanistan;

  • Majeed Shams, Architect, Afghanistan;

  • Azimullah Esmati, Master of Civil Engineering, Afghanistan;

  • Najibullah Hussaini, Engineer, Afghanistan ;

  • Burhanuddin Nezami, Engineer, Afghanistan ;

  • Abdul Hafiz Hafizi, Engineer, Afghanistan ;

  • Bahir, Engineer, Afghanistan;

  • Wali Bayan, Engineer, Afghanistan;

  • Abdul Khaliq Najir, Engineer, Afghanistan;

  • Diana Niazi, Engineer, Afghanistan;

  • Imam Jan, Engineer, Afghanistan ;

  • Khalil Ahmad Nadem, Engineer, Afghanistan;

  • Sayeed Aqa, Engineer, Afghanistan ;

  • Edris Rasouli, Engineer, Afghanistan ;

  • Raz Mohammad, Engineer of Mines, Afghanistan ;

  • Nasrullah Rahimi, Technical Engineer, Afghanistan ;

  • Ehsanullah, Helmand, Construction Engineer, Netherlands;

  • Ahmad Hamad, Technologist, Afghanistan ;

  • Akmal Ahmadi, Technologist, Afghanistan ;

  • Ershad Hurmati, Technologist, Afghanistan ;

  • M. Akram Shafim, Technologist, Afghanistan ;

  • M. Akbar Ehsan, Technologist, Afghanistan ;

  • Raziullah, Technologist, Afghanistan ;

  • Zaki Khorrami, IT Officer, Afghanistan ;

  • Osman Nikzad, Graphic Designer, Afghanistan ;

  • Maryam Ayani, Carpet Weaver, Afghanistan ;

  • Be be sima Hashimi, Tailor, Afghanistan ;

  • Maryam Masoumi, Tailor, Afghanistan ;

  • Roya Mohammadi, Craftsman, Afghanistan ;

  • Nadia Sayes, Craftsman, Afghanistan ;

  • Nazdana Ebad, Craftsman, Afghanistan ;

  • Sima Ahmadi , Bachelor of Biology, Afghanistan;

  • Sima Rasouli, Merchant, Afghanistan ;

  • Khatera Nawabi, Merchant, Afghanistan ;

  • Haji Noor Agha Haqyar, Merchant, Afghanstan;

  • Husna Anwari, Merchant, Afghanistan ;

  • Nargis Hashimi, Merchant, Afghanistan ;

  • Shakira Barish, Merchant, Afghanistan ;

  • Nasima Darwish, Merchant, Afghanistan ;

  • Wajiha Haidari, Merchant of Jawzjan, Afghanistan ;

  • Shagul, Merchant, Afghanistan ;

  • Fatima Nik Rasoul, Merchant, Afghanistan ;

  • Haji Farid Alikozai, Merchant, Afghanistan;

  • Nigina Nawabi, Merchant, Afghanistan ;

  • Masouda Nazimi, Merchant, Afghanistan ;

  • Najla Kohistani, Merchant, Afghanistan ;

  • Kerisma Jawhari, Merchant, Afghanistan ;

  • Hasina Hashimi, Merchant, Afghanistan ;

  • Husna Anwari, Merchant, Afghanistan ;

  • Maaz Baburzai, Merchant, Afghanistan ;

  • Freshta Safari, Merchant, Afghanistan;

  • Yalda Azimi, Merchant, Afghanistan ;

  • Azim Jan Baba Karkhil, Merchant, Afghanistan ;

  • Akhtar Mohammad, Merchant, Afghanistan ;

  • M. Haroon Ahmadzai, Merchant, Afghanistan ;

  • Azizullah Faizi, Former head of Afghanistan Cricket Board, Afghanistan ;

  • Wakil Akhar, Prosecutor, Afghanistan ;

  • Akhtar M. Azimi, Prosecutor, Afghanistan;

  • Shabnam Noori, Prosecutor, Afghanistan;

  • Be be Abeda Wayar, Prosecutor, Afghanistan;

  • Madina Ahmad Zai, Prosecutor, Afghanistan;

  • Shakila Joya, Former Employee of Attorney General, Afghanistan;

  • Sardar M. Akbar Bashash, Member, Afghanistan Balochs Union, Afghanistan ;

  • Eng. Abdul Dayan Balouch, Spokesperson of Afghanistan Balochs Union, Afghanistan ;

  • Shah Mahmood Lahoti, Member of Afghanistan Balochs Union, Afghanistan ;

  • Abdul Khaliq Barekzai, Advisor, Afghanistan Balochs Union, Afghanistan ;

  • Salahuddin Ayoubi Balouch, Advisor, Afghanistan Balochs Union, Afghanistan ;

  • Faizuddin Lashkari Balouch, Member, Afghanistan Balochs Union, Afghanistan ;

  • Sayed Ishaq Gilani, head of the National Solidarity Movement of Afghanistan, IEA;

  • Haji Zalmai Latifi, Representative, Qizilbash tribes, Afghanistan ;

  • Gul Nabi Ahmad Zai, Former Commander of Kabul Garrison, Afghanistan ;

  • Ghulam Hussain Rezaee, Member, Habitat Organization, Afghanistan ;

  • Dr. Amani Adiba, Doctor of Liberal Arts in Architecture and Urban Planning, Afghanistan;

  • Ismael Paienda, Afghan Peace Activist, France;

  • Mohammad Belal Rahimi, Head of Peace institution, Afghanistan ;

  • M. Mushtaq Hanafi, Head of Sayadan council, Afghanistan ;

  • Sabira Waizi, Founder of T.W.P.S., Afghanistan ;

  • Majabin Sharifi, Member of Women Network Organization, Afghanistan;

  • Shekiba Saadat, Former head of women affairs, Afghanistan ;

  • Atya Salik, Women rights activist, Afghanistan ;

  • Fatima Mahmoodi, Women rights activist, Afghanistan;

  • Diana Rohin, Women rights activist , Afghanistan;

  • Amena Hashimi, Head of Women Organization, Afghanistan;

  • Fatanh Sharif, Former employee of Gender equality, Afghanistan;

  • Sediq Mansour Ansari, Civil Activist, Afghanistan ;

  • Sebghatullah Najibi, Civil Activist, Afghanistan ;

  • Naemullah Nasiri, Civil Activist, Afghanistan;

  • Reha Ramazani, Civil Activist, Afghanistan ;

  • Lia Jawad, Civil Activist, Afghanistan;

  • Arezo Khurasani, Social Activist, Afghanistan ;

  • Beheshta Bairn, Social Activist, Afghanistan;

  • Samsama Haidari, Social Activist, Afghanistan;

  • Shabnam Nikzad, Humans Rights Activist, Afghanistan;

  • Mliha Sadiqi, Head of Young Development Organization, Afghanistan;

  • Mehria, Sharify, University Student;

  • Shiba Azimi, Member of IPSO Organization, Afghanistan;

  • Nadira Rashidi, Master of Management, Afghanistan;

  • Sefatullah Atayee, Banking, Afghanistan;

  • Khatira Yousufi, Employee of RTA, Afghanistan;

  • Yalda Mirzad , Employee of Breshna Company, Afghanistan;

  • Izzatullah Sherzad, Employee, Afghanistan;

  • Erfanullah Salamzai , Afghanistan;

  • Naser Abdul Rahim Khil, Afghanistan;

  • Ghulam Rasoul Faizi, Afghanistan;

  • Dr. Mir Agha Hasan Khil, Afghanistan;

  • Abdul Ghafor Muradi, Afghanistan;

  • Gul M. Azhir, Afghanistan;

  • Gul Ahmad Zahiryan, Afghanistan;

  • Shamsul Rahman Shams, Afghanistan;

  • Khaliq Stanekzai, Afghanistan;

  • M. Daud Haidari, Afghanistan;

  • Marhaba Subhani, Afghanistan;

  • Maazullah Nasim, Afghanistan;

  • Haji Mohammad Tayeb, Afghanistan;

  • Ali Sina Masoumi, Afghanistan ;

  • Sweeta Sadiqi Hotak, Afghanistan ;

  • Khatira Anwari, Afghanistan ;

  • Fatima Sharzad, Afghanistan ;

Momen Shah Kakar, Afghanistan ;

  • Shah Rukh Raufi, Afghanistan ;

  • Hanifa Rasouli, Kabul, Afghanistan ;

  • Qudsia Ebrahimi, Afghanistan ;

  • Mahmood Haqiqat, Afghanistan ;

  • Nasir Abdul Rahim Khan, Kabul, Afghanistan ;

  • Abdul Hamid Ahmadzai, Afghanistan ;

  • Sardar Khan Sirat, Afghanistan ;

  • Zurmatullah Ahmadi, Afghanistan ;

  • Yasar Khogyani, Afghanistan ;

  • Shar Sha Lodi, Afghanistan ;

  • Ahmad Shah Omar, Afghanistan ;

  • M. Azam Khan Ahmad Zai, Afghanistan;

  • Nadia Farooq Sharzoi, Afghanistan;

  • Shar Ali Tazari, Afghanistan ;

  • Mayel Aqa Hakim, Afghanistan ;

  • Khatira Hesar, Afghanistan ;

  • Tamim Mehraban, Afghanistan ;

  • Lina Noori, Afghanistan ;

  • Khubaib Ghufran, Afghanistan ;

  • M. Yasin Farahmand, Afghanistan ;

  • Dr. Mir M. Ayoubi, Afghanistan ;

  • Dr. Namatullah Nabawi, Afghanistan ;

  • Abozar Zazai, Afghanistan ;

  • Atiqullah Rahimi, Afghanistan ;

  • Fahim Ahmad Sultan, Afghanistan ;

  • Humaira Farhangyar, Afghanistan ;

  • Imam M. Wrimaj, Afghanistan ;

  • Masoud Ashna, Afghanistan ;

  • Dr. Yahia Baiza, Afghanistan ;

  • Dr. Besmila, Afghanistan ;

  • Ehsan Shorish, Germany;

  • Irshad, Omer, Afghanistan;

  • Musa Noorzai, Afghanistan;

  • Lida Noori Nazhand, Afghanistan;

  • Dr. Abdul Masood Panah, Afghanistan;

  • Gholam Sachi Hassanzadah, Afghanistan;

  • Dr. Sayed Ali Eqbal, Afghanistan;

  • Hashmatullah Atmar, Afghanistan;

  • Ahmad Matin Safi, Afghanistan;

  • Ahmad Helmand, Afghanistan;

  • Ehsanullah Helmand, Afghanistan;

  • Izazatullah Sherzad, Afghanistan;

  • Hafizullah Omarzai, Afghanistan;

  • Hedayatullah Hilal, Afghanistan;

  • Edris Ramez, student, Afghanistan;

  • Amina Saadaty, Afghanistan;

  • Muska Hamidi, Afghanistan;

  • Raihana Ahmadi, Afghanistan;

  • Zuhal Sherzad, Afghanistan;

  • Meelad Ahmad, Afghanistan;

  • Devah Kubra Falcone, Germany;

  • Maryam Baburi, Germany;

  • Suraya Paikan, Afghanistan;

  • Abdul Fatah Ahmadzai, Afghanistan ;

  • Dr. Mohammad Zalmai, Afghanistan ;

  • Hashmatullah Parwarni, Afghanistan ;

  • Asadullah, Afghanistan;

  • Hedayat ullah Hillal, Afghanistan;

  • Najibullah Zazai, Afghanistan;

  • M. Yousuf Ahmadi, Afghanistan;

  • Ahmad Reshad Reka, Afghanistan;

  • Sayed Ahmad Arghandiwal, Afghanistan;

  • Nooria Noozai, Afghanistan;

  • Eng. Fahim Osmani, Afghanistan;

  • Wafiullah Maaraj, Afghanistan;

  • Roya Shujaee, Afghanistan;

  • Shakira Shujaee, Afghanistan;

  • Adina Ranjbar, Afghanistan;

  • Ayesha Shafiq, Afghanistan;

  • Hajira Mujadidi, Afghanistan;

  • Abdul Zahir Shekib, Afghanistan;

  • Zuhra Mohammad Zai, Afghanistan;

  • Razia Ghaws, Afghanistan;

  • Abdul Sabor Mubariz, Afghanistan;

  • Abdul Khaliq Ferdows, Afghanistan;

  • Abdul Shakoor Salangi, Afghanistan;

  • Nasir Ahmad Basharyar, Afghanistan;

  • Mohammad Mukhtar Sharifi, Afghanistan;

  • Mukhtar Ahmad Haqtash, Afghanistan;

  • Yousuf Amin Zazai, Afghanistan;

  • Zakiri Sahib, Afghanistan;

  • Mirwais Ghafori, Afghanistan;

  • Nesar Rahmani, Afghanistan;

  • Shar M. Amir Zadah, Afghanistan;

  • Yasin Farahmand, Afghanistan;

  • Faizul Haq Faizan, Afghanistan;

  • Khaibar Sarwary, Afghanistan;

  • Ali Sina Masoumi, Afghanistan;

  • Hamidullah Akhund Zadah, Afghanistan;

  • Dr. Benish, Afghanistan;

  • Hayatullah Fazel, Afghanistan;

  • Faizullah Habibi, Afghanistan;

  • Abdul Hamid Lyan, Afghanistan;

  • Abdul Qayoum Qayoum Zadah, Afghanistan;

  • Qazi Qudratullah Safi, Afghanistan;

  • Noor Agha Haqyar, Afghanistan;

  • Maryan Aiany, Afghanistan;

B. FROM ABROAD

  • Odile Mojon, Schiller Institute, Paris, France ;

  • Johanna Clerc, Choir Conductor, Schiller Institute Chorus, France ;

  • Sébastien Perimony, Africa Department, Schiller Institute, France ;

  • Christine Bierre, Journalist, Chief Editor of Nouvelle Solidarité, monthly, France ;

  • Marcia Merry Baker, agriculture expert, EIR, Co-Editor, USA ;

  • Bob Van Hee, Redwood County Minnesota Commissioner, USA ;

  • Dr. Tarik Vardag, Doctor in Natural Sciences (RER), Business Owner, Germany;

  • Richard Freeman, Department of Physical Economy, Schiller Institute, USA ;

  • Liliana Gorini, chairwoman of Movisol and singer, Italy;

  • Ulrike Lillge, Editor Ibykus Magazine, Berlin, Germany ;

  • Michelle Rasmussen, Vice President, Schiller Institute in Denmark, amateur musician;

  • Feride Istogu Gillesberg, Vice President, Schiller Institute in Denmark;

  • Jason Ross, Science Department, Schiller Institute, USA ;

  • Dennis Small, Director of the Economic Department, Schiller Institute, USA ;

  • Robert “Bob” Baker, Agriculture Commission, Schiller Institute, USA ;

  • Dr. Wolfgang Lillge, Medical Doctor, Editor, Fusion Magazine, Berlin, Germany ;

  • Ulf Sandmark, Vice-Chairman of the Belt and Road Institute, Sweden ;

  • Mary Jane Freeman, Schiller Institute, USA ;

  • Hussein Askary, South West Asia Coordinator, Schiller Institute, Sweden ;

  • David Dobrodt, EIR News, USA ;

  • Klaus Fimmen, 2nd Vice-Chairman of the Bürgerrechtsbewegung Solidarität (Büso) party, Germany;

  • Christophe Lamotte, Consulting Engineer, France ;

  • Richard Burden, EIR production staff, USA ;

  • Rolf Gerdes, Electronic Engineer, Germany;

  • Marcella Skinner, USA ;

  • Delaveau Mathieu, Farm Worker, France ;

  • Shekeba Jentsch, StayIN, Board, Germany;

  • Bernard Carail, retired Postal Worker, France ;

  • Etienne Dreyfus, Social Activist, France ;

  • Harrison Elfrink, Social Activist, USA ;

  • Jason Seidmann, USA ;

Letter of the minister of Information and Culture (Afghanistan)

Letter of the minister of Information and Culture

As Western researchers, based on what happened in the past, wondered about the current Afghan government’s actual policy on the issue of preservation of cultural and historical heritage, the Ibn-e-Sina Research and Development Center questioned the relevant authorities in Kabul.

At the end of January 2024, the Minister of Arts and Culture, in a hand-signed letter, provided them and the world with the following response, which completely clarifies the matter.

Transcript below, with bold as in the original.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

Ministry of Information and Culture

Letter N° 220, Jan. 31, 2024

To the attention of Ibn-e-Sina R&D Centre, International experts and cultural organizations and to those it concerns:

The ministry of Information and culture of the Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) has, among others, the following tasks in its portfolio:

–To establish a suitable environment for the growth of genuine Afghan culture;

–To protect national identity, cultural diversity, and national unity;

–To preserve tangible and intangible cultural heritage;

–To support the development of creativities, initiatives and activities of various segments of the society in general and of the Afghan youth in particular;

–To support the freedom of speech;

–Development of tourism industry;

–Introduction and presentation of Afghan culture regionally and internationally, to transform Afghanistan into an important cultural hub and crossroads in the near future.

We would like to confirm that with preservation of tangible and intangible cultural heritage we mean all Afghan cultural heritage belonging to all periods of history, whether it belongs to Islamic or non/pre-Islamic periods of history.

This ministry expresses its concerns that due to insufficient means it is not able to preserve the Afghan cultural heritage sufficiently.

Therefore this ministry asks UNESCO and other international organizations, working on preservation of the world’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage, to support Afghanistan in preservation of its tangible and intangible cultural heritage, including the ones belonging to Islamic and non/pre-Islamic periods of its history. The cultural heritage of Afghanistan does deserve to be preserved without any political motivations.

Besides, this ministry also confirms it is ready for all kind of cooperation with all national and international organizations, working on preservation of world cultural heritage.

The ministry of Information and culture of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) supports and appreciates all efforts of the Ibn-e-Sina R&D centre and their international experts in appealing for urgent attention of national and international organizations and experts to resume their support and cooperation with Afghanistan to preserve its cultural heritage, an important part of world cultural and historical heritage.

Sincerely,

Mowlavi Atiqullah Azizi

Deputy Minister of Culture and Art

moicdocymentsliaison@gmail.com


Webcast: At this Moment of Danger, the People Must Be the Peacemakers.

Join Helga Zepp-LaRouche June 5, 11am Eastern/5pm CET in her Weekly Live dialogue and help usher in the Year of the New Paradigm for all Humanity. Send your questions, thoughts and reports to questions@schillerinstitue.org or ask them in the live stream.

At what point is one comforted by the argument, “Oh, they would never launch nuclear missiles at us”? Perhaps one should ask, “What is on the mind of those who make such assurances?”

If you have to ask, the answer is worse than those who provide assurances that your home values will always go up, your social security will always be there, and $35 trillion in national debt won’t destroy you or your child’s life.

Today, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov made a new contribution to the latest national sport of Russia, trying to figure out how to wake up their nuclear counterpart, the United States. Recent and sober contributions have included making a demonstration nuclear explosion, one not involving injuring anyone, just to jolt Westerners as to the physical reality of the event. Another objects that nothing less than a single, live action, tactical nuclear bomb with massive casualties, would do the trick. Russian President Vladimir Putin had responded to Britain’s latest escalation, to have Ukraine use Western weapons to hit deep into Russia, with a more limited response, that Russia will target the military facilities of the particular Western country, those inside of Ukraine and those elsewhere.

Ryabkov’s new wrinkle addressed the fantasy life in Washington, keeping those driving the country over the cliff from seeing the road. He stated: “I’d like to warn American actors against miscalculations that can lead to fatal consequences. For some unclear reason they underestimate how serious a response they could face.” American policymakers need to “spend some of their time, which they probably waste on computer games, judging by their air-headed approach to serious issues” on considering what Putin actually said.

German Gen. Harald Kujat (ret.), former Chief of Staff of the Bundeswehr (2000-2002) and former Chairman of the NATO Military Committee (2002-2005), is not one given to hyperbole. Today, interviewed by Switzerland’s YouTube radio broadcast “Weltwoche,” Kujat stated: “I fear that the war in Ukraine will become the primal catastrophe of the 21st century.” He added that everyone is simply watching and/or joining in on the incitement and warmongering. He remarked grimly: “We will simply get what we deserve.”

One U.S. Senator yesterday, David Vance, tweeted: “I think the risk of nuclear war is higher now than at any point in my lifetime. Biden is sleepwalking into World War 3.” A Politico article that got Vance’s attention explained that no matter how “limited” and “defensive” Biden’s permission to Ukraine to strike inside Russia is portrayed, it “highlighted, once again, how Biden often changes his mind on once-taboo Ukraine policy ideas after battlefield conditions shift or, most persuasively, allies move first. That was especially true when the U.S. followed Britain and France in sending long-range missiles for Ukraine to use deep behind Russian front lines.”

Today, one American, the former Marine Corps intelligence officer Scott Ritter, was off to attend Russia’s annual St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), to do his best in his campaign to wake up Americans as to the danger we find ourselves. The U.S. State Department, with no explanation, with no charges alleged, actually physically stopped him from boarding his plane and had his passport seized. Is there any desperation in their actions?

Have Ryabkov’s computer games—or virtual reality exercises, good, old-fashioned hard liquor, or the more popular marijuana-induced fantasy life—allowed you or your leaders to slip into the death of civilization comfortably?

Those who whisper, “We can push our enemies past every ‘red line’ they draw,” are simply saying that they have a serious, serious addiction and a desperate situation. Whatever they are selling is guaranteed poison.

Perhaps the 70,000 New York citizens who put Diane Sare on the ballot as an independent candidate for U.S. Senate, or the similar mobilization of 10,000 in the Bronx CD 15 putting Jose Vega on the ballot for U.S. Congress, as actual human beings who can think, and can lead, and are not addicted to fantasies, can inject some life in the old republic yet. One big healthy step into reality involves wrapping your mind around a solution to the misery in Gaza, to the debasement of the Israeli population: The LaRouche Oasis Plan.

The late economist and statesman Lyndon LaRouche concluded his 1977 document, titled “What Really Are the Labor Committees?—The Lessons of Erasmus and Franklin,” with the following paragraph: “Let it be understood, therefore, that if you are a humanist, the Labor Committees are in that sense your organization—whether or not you are a member. If you are for technological progress in the expansion of industry and agriculture, and define the vital interests of nations in those terms, and if you regard man’s power to create and assimilate scientific knowledge for the perfection of our species as the inviolable distinction between man and the lower beasts, then the Labor Committees are an indispensable aid to the cause you espouse, whatever political affiliation you have.”

Nearly 50 years after that was written, independent candidates that have rejected bankrupt, moribund political parties, such as New York’s U.S. Senate candidate Diane Sare and Bronx Congressional candidate Jose Vega, are part of a growing international movement away from the predatory military-financial complex. Those in the trans-Atlantic sector calling for a return to advanced technological progress and an increase in the productive powers of labor, in alliance with the emerging nations of the Global South, are on the cutting edge of world politics today. War, even total war, will not stop this progress, if an international coalition for peace, linked together by a 24-hour “symposium” process, can operate as an intellectual clearing-house for policy deliberation.

Join Helga Zepp-LaRouche June 5, 11am Eastern/5pm CET in her Weekly Live dialogue and help usher in the Year of the New Paradigm for all Humanity. Send your questions, thoughts and reports to questions@schillerinstitue.org or ask them in the live stream.

The World on the Brink:
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International Peace Coalition Meeting #52: ‘The Flabbergasting Question’

May 31, 2024 (EIRNS)—Today’s meeting marked the one-year anniversary of the International Peace Coalition, with 52nd consecutive online weekly meetings. Participating were people from more than thirty countries. Schiller Institute founder Helga Zepp-LaRouche announced that the meeting would concentrate on Ukraine, due to the extreme danger represented by the three attacks by that country on early warning radar installations in Russia. These installations are unrelated to the war in Ukraine, but integral to the strategic defense systems of Russia. The Schiller Institute circulated an emergency warning on these developments, and the story subsequently broke into the mainstream media, but is still not getting the attention it deserves.

What followed was a panel discussion by military, scientific and diplomatic experts, including nuclear weapons expert Dr. Theodore Postol, Professor Emeritus of Science, Technology and National Security at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Colonel (ret.) Prof. Dr. Wilfried Schreiber, Senior Research Fellow at the WeltTrends Institute for International Politics in Potsdam, Germany; Lt. Col. (ret.) Ralph Bosshard of the Swiss Armed Forces, consultant on military-strategic affairs; Col. Richard H. Black (ret.), former head of the U.S. Army’s Criminal Law Division at the Pentagon and former Virginia state senator; and former Ambassador Chas Freeman, U.S.-China diplomat and scholar.

The Attack on Russia’s Strategic Defense System

Dr. Postol led off the panel by explaining the function of Russia’s early warning radar system. These installations would enable Russia to detect an approaching nuclear strike. If the U.S. were to lose one of its own land-based early warning radars, it would still be able to look down from space, using its system of satellites, but Russians do not fully have this capability yet. Satellites can detect a missile launch immediately, whereas radar “fans” don’t detect missiles until they reach a certain altitude. Disabling one of these “fans” reduces the amount of time Russia has in which to decide how to react, i.e., whether to launch a nuclear counterstrike, by crucial minutes. Colonel Black added that the attacks on the Russian radars could not happen without explicit U.S. approval, and “serve no other purpose than to blind Russia’s nuclear deterrence.” Furthermore, “we don’t have the ability to preemptively destroy all of Russia’s nuclear defenses,” which include submarine-launched missiles, Black said. “We can destroy Russian civilization, but not their ability to shoot back.”

The sobering implications of an attempt to “blind Russia’s nuclear deterrence” were discussed in-depth by the panelists. Former Ambassador Chas Freeman, in a video interview which was played during the meeting, said that no great nuclear power can afford to undermine the balance of nuclear deterrence, but Ukraine, acting as a proxy, is doing precisely that. Colonel Black asserted that the greenlighting of the attack on the radars, combined with the delivery of nuclear-capable F-16 aircraft, means that the U.S. and NATO are putting in place the framework for a possible nuclear strike against Russia.

Colonel Black asked the participants to consider the contrast in U.S. and Russian doctrines regarding the use of nuclear weapons. The U.S. has no prohibition on first use, a nuclear “sneak attack.” “On the other hand,” he said, “the Russian nuclear doctrine is exclusively defensive.” Colonel Bosshard said, “In order to remain credible, NATO must threaten Russia with the use of nuclear weapons, not the other way around.”

What Were They Thinking?

There was discussion of the mindset of Western officials; what could possess them to flirt with the use of weapons that could annihilate all of humanity? Helga Zepp-LaRouche called this the “flabbergasting question.” Bosshard said, “Politicians in the West are apparently unaware of the risks they are taking,” and suggested that they think Putin is bluffing. Postol added that, in contrast to career professionals who are familiar with these issues, elected officials come into office with little or no understanding, and a preoccupation with politics. Black attributed Biden’s recent actions to his faltering re-election campaign: “President Biden recognizes that the Ukraine project has collapsed…. The more anxious the White House becomes about the upcoming elections … the greater the risk of a very high-risk military gambit.”

The role of the media in fostering this environment of brinkmanship was also examined. Ambassador Freeman acknowledged the importance of the circulation of the Schiller Institute’s emergency warning, contrasting it to the “military and strategic illiteracy of the current crop of journalists.” Zepp-LaRouche responded that the media are not simply incompetent: “Mass media are absolutely in the hands of those who are pushing this confrontation.” She described how leaders who challenge the pro-war “narrative,” such as Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico, become targets for harassment and even assassination, and she referenced the now-notorious “kill lists” of the Ukrainian “counter-disinformation” agencies.

Helga Zepp-LaRouche raised the issue of how Biden has recently given permission to Ukraine to use U.S. weapons to strike targets within Russian territory. Some European leaders, such as German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, had previously resisted that idea, but “this morning, all of a sudden, he agreed because Biden agreed.” Colonel Black insisted that the U.S. dominates Europe, and runs NATO, of which he said, “the time has long passed since it was defensive in nature. It has become a very aggressive global organization.”

Colonel Schreiber mentioned some of the new dimensions of warfare that have emerged in his lifetime, saying that digitalization opens a new horizon in war policy: cyberspace warfare. The possible military uses of electromagnetic pulse also represent a new quality of warfare.

Diane Sare’s U.S. Senate Candidacy

Diane Sare, the LaRouche-affiliated independent candidate for U.S. Senate in New York, reported that she had submitted close to 70,000 signatures for ballot access, significantly exceeding the 45,000-signature legal requirement. She said that many voters in her state are preoccupied with the various court cases against Donald Trump, and marveled that while you might think that during a presidential election we would all be focusing on the strategic danger, many people are fascinated instead by the “pornographic, infantile spectacle” of a former President being tried in a case about paying off a prostitute from the wrong bank account. She displayed for the participants her palm card, emblazoned with the slogan, “Let us beat swords into plowshares.” She reminded everyone that Lyndon LaRouche had once said that “wars of retribution and revenge” are the stupidest, and they blow back on the nation that launches them.

During the discussion period, French Schiller Institute leader and former French Presidential candidate Jacques Cheminade requested assessments from Col. Alain Corvez (ret.). Corvez replied: “I am counting a lot on China and Russia…. We have to realize that Putin has shown enormous reserve in his actions…. China can’t allow this attack on Russia to continue, because China realizes that they will be the next target.”

A brief video comment was shown from international human rights lawyer Prof. Francis Boyle, who spoke on the situation with Israel and Gaza, saying that the International Criminal Court prosecutor had requested arrest warrants for war crimes, but he should have also requested warrants for genocide; South Africa has presented carefully documented evidence. The three ICC judges are under enormous pressure, including blackmail, threats, and intimidation, to not issue warrants.

In conclusion, Zepp-LaRouche reminded the participants of the upcoming June Schiller Institute conference, saying that the Peace of Westphalia is a good historical reference. She praised the new China/Brazil initiative to end the war in Ukraine, adding that it must be combined with a Renaissance of the best cultural traditions of all nations, to achieve a new paradigm to create the basis for a lasting peace. 


Video: International Peace Coalition Meeting — Intelligence Specialists Speak Out as War Looms

The 51st meeting of the International Peace Coalition (IPC) saw a fruitful colloquy among some of the U.S.’s foremost intelligence experts: former CIA analyst Larry C. Johnson; former U.S. diplomat, CIA official, and Islamic scholar Graham Fuller; and former CIA analyst and Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) co-founder Ray McGovern; all in dialogue with Schiller Institute founder Helga Zepp-LaRouche’s strategic analysis—and proposed solutions—presented in her opening remarks. (See extended transcript of opening remarks. https://eir.news/2024/05/news/international-peace-coalition-meeting-intelligence-specialists-speak-out-as-war-looms/)

If you would like to join the IPC Friday at 11am EDT, please email questions@schillerinstitute.org

Agenda:

  • Helga Zepp-LaRouche, Founder Schiller Institute
  • Larry C. Johnson, former CIA analyst
  • Graham Fuller, former U.S. diplomat, CIA official, and Islamic scholar
  • Jose Vega, Candidate NYC Bronx, Interventionist
  • Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst

Press Release — RED ALERT: Ukrainian Strike on Russian Early Warning Radar Threatens To Unleash Nuclear World War

Over the course of Wednesday night and Thursday morning [May 22-23], Ukrainian drones struck the Armavir Radar Station in Russia’s southwestern Krasnodar Krai region, a part of Russia’s early warning radar system designed to detect an incoming ICBM attack. This radar is one of the pillars in Russia’s nuclear posture system which, along with other such installations, plays an existential role in the strategic security of the Russian Federation. Far beyond escalating tensions with Ukraine alone, this attack has now brought the world another step closer to the verge of a thermonuclear war.

Russian Senator and former Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin responded to this development by noting that, while one could imagine a Ukrainian were behind this, in reality it is Washington that has “hired an irresponsible bandit” to carry out its dirty work. “Thus, we stand not only on the precipice, but on the very edge, beyond which, if the enemy is not stopped in such actions, an irreversible collapse of the strategic security of nuclear powers will begin,” Rogozin wrote on his Telegram channel.

This madness must be stopped now. The Armavir attack occurred just days after Russia carried out high-profile tactical nuclear military exercises, as if to declare to President Putin: “You are bluffing.” Playing a nuclear chicken game while threatening to destroy a nuclear superpower which is already at war, threatens to annihilate the entire human species.

Schiller Institute founder Helga Zepp-LaRouche, in addressing a meeting of the International Peace Coalition on May 24, drew people’s attention to the solutions to the crisis. She insisted we must end the West’s belief in geopolitics, which has made people believe that Russia and China are our enemies, and instead establish a new security and development architecture that respects the interests of all nations. “If that cannot be overcome, I’m afraid that the chances we will end up in World War III are approaching 100%,” she said.

Numerous military and intelligence specialists consulted by the Schiller Institute have expressed their grave concern over the meaning of the Armavir attack and its consequences:

The Russian satellite-based early warning system is very limited and cannot be used to cover the blind spots created by damage to the radar. The Atlantic, Pacific, and Northern radar warning corridors are more important, and the Russians also have radars in Moscow. However, the radars in Moscow will only see threats at a later time, resulting in yet shorter warning and decision-making times—thereby increasing the chances of a catastrophic accident.

The commanders of the Strategic Rocket Forces, who serve the political leaders, will be really, really concerned, and they will have no choice but to treat this situation as quite serious. They will almost certainly choose to operate their nuclear strike forces at a higher level of alert, which will further increase the chances of accidents that could lead to an unintended global nuclear war.

— Dr. Theodore Postol, Professor Emeritus of Science, Technology and National Security at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, nuclear weapons expert

The U.S. has begun directing missile attacks on the Russian nuclear Early Warning System (EWS), which is made up of a series of ground-based radars and satellites… ANY such attacks against these EWS systems could trigger the Russian nuclear response system. So this U.S.-directed attack is insanely dangerous. Washington is playing nuclear chicken with Russia.

The site attacked was within range of the U.S. ATACMS; I don’t know if any other similar Russian facilities are within range of the ATACMS, or possibly even the German Taurus missiles, which have a longer range than the ATACMS and the U.K. Storm Shadow missiles. Unfortunately, we may soon find out, as the madmen in Washington, Kyiv, and Brussels seem determined to start World War 3.

— Steven Starr, Professor, University of Missouri, expert on nuclear war

There are obviously forces in Ukraine and also in NATO that are prepared to take the risk of a direct military confrontation between NATO and Russia. German politicians would be well advised to take the Russians’ warnings of a new world war seriously and ensure that the final red lines are not crossed. As a modern industrialized country at the heart of Europe, Germany is unfit for war in a major European conflict—even without nuclear weapons. German politicians must do everything in their power to de-escalate the increasing military confrontation and commit themselves to a diplomatic solution to the conflict.

— Colonel (ret.) Prof. Dr. Wilfried Schreiber, Senior Research Fellow at the WeltTrends Institute for International Politics, Potsdam, Germany

This is a continuation of the pattern in which the NATO forces recognize they are losing the war in Ukraine, with the fragile lines of defense breaking, and the NATO response is to escalate. This is not accidental, but very deliberate. It is not the first attack on the Russian nuclear triad. The ideological folks are seeing their world crumbling, after flying the rainbow flag over conservative countries and [waging] perpetual wars. They are frantic and could escalate to nuclear war to get out of the bind. They are taking a series of baby steps, and respond that “they don’t do anything in response,” and so they keep taking baby steps until one of them lands on a land mine and we are into World War III. I’ve said it, Helga [Zepp-LaRouche] has said it. Putin is very aware of the disconnect in the West, who keep saying he is just saber rattling, but he is not—he is informing the West of the dangerous reality.

— Col. (ret.) Richard H. Black, former state senator from Virginia

I expect that the U.S. military, faced with a vital situation, are going to behave more reasonably and consciously than the civilians.

— Gen. (ret.) Dominique Delawarde, Intelligence expert, France

This clearly could not have happened without full U.S. support. I can’t comment adequately until I learn more, but it is obviously escalatory, and I will look into it.

— Graham Fuller, former diplomat, CIA officer, and vice-chair of the National Intelligence Council

They’re on an escalating treadmill, especially after what Blinken told Ukraine—they could “do what they want with their missiles.” It demonstrates the irresponsible American leadership. We’re headed for the nuclear escalator. The West is facing defeat in Ukraine, and therefore they’re escalating to avoid defeat.

— Prof. Richard Sakwa, Emeritus Professor of Russian and European Politics, Kent University (U.K.); prolific author on Russia and Ukraine

Originally published May 25, 2024


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