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Briefing: Is the United States preparing for war on Russia and China?

The new Cold War is rapidly heating up, with severe consequences for people around the world. Our series, Briefings, provides the key facts on these matters of global concern.

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June 15, 2022

Briefing: The United States has destabilised the world economy

The new Cold War is rapidly heating up, with severe consequences for people around the world. Our series, Briefings, provides the key facts on these matters of global concern.

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The International Monetary Fund has announced that the global economy is entering a major slowdown, downgrading the growth prospects of 143 countries. At the same time, inflation rates have reached historic levels. Around the world, hundreds of millions of people are falling into poverty, particularly in the Global South. Oxfam has sounded the alarm that we are ‘witnessing the most profound collapse of humanity into extreme poverty and suffering in memory’. What is producing this immense human suffering?...

April 27, 2022

Briefing: World hunger and the war in Ukraine

The new Cold War is rapidly heating up, with severe consequences for people around the world. Our new series, Briefings, provides the key facts on these matters of global concern.

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The war in Ukraine, along with sanctions imposed by the United States and Western countries against Russia, have caused global food, fertiliser, and fuel prices to ‘skyrocket’ and endanger the world food supply. This conflict is exacerbating the existing crisis of global hunger and imperils the living standards and well-being of billions of people – particularly in the Global South. 

War in the ‘breadbasket of the world’...

March 30, 2022

Ending the war in Ukraine and constructing a lasting peace

On 24 February, the Russian Federation launched a military intervention into Ukraine, marking a serious escalation of this conflict. No Cold War opposes the unilateral use of force against any sovereign state in contravention of the United Nations Charter and international law. At the same time, we recognise that the current crisis is the outcome of a decades-long policy of eastward expansion of the NATO military alliance, the consequences of which were rightly warned against in advance by leading figures of the US foreign policy establishment such as George Kennan, original architect of Washington’s strategy during the Cold War. 

Today, we are witnessing how war breeds fear, hatred, and jingoism, with the flames often being fanned by our politicians and media institutions. This conflict has the potential to spiral out of control and bring the United States and Russia – the world’s two largest nuclear powers, who together account for 90 percent of all nuclear warheads – into direct conflict. 

We urgently call on all parties to immediately pursue a diplomatic resolution of this conflict. Now more than ever, the priority is peace. 

In order to end this war and minimise the suffering and death of the Ukrainian and Russian peoples, it is urgently necessary that we understand how we arrived at this moment – only then can we navigate our way out.

NATO’s eastward expansion

In 1990, the United States and Western governments made repeated assurances to the Soviet Union that, in the words of then US Secretary of State James Baker, NATO would not expand ‘one inch eastward’ from Germany. However, since that time NATO has added 14 countries to its membership, primarily in eastern Europe. ...

March 09, 2022

Event: Racism, Witch-hunts and the New Cold War

Join No Cold War’s next international webinar.

Register for ‘Racism, Witch-hunts and the New Cold War: taking on the new McCarthyism’ here.

SATURDAY 12 MARCH 2022 

9:00 New York Time / 14:00 London / 00:00 Sydney (13 March)

This event is organised by No Cold War, Qiao Collective, No Cold War Britain and the Chinese Community Council of Australia. 

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March 03, 2022

La expansión de la OTAN hacia el Este es la causa de la crisis en torno a Ucrania

Las tensiones entre Rusia y la Organización del Tratado del Atlántico Norte (OTAN), liderada por Estados Unidos y la Unión Europea, han aumentado, con un grave riesgo de guerra en Ucrania. 

El conflicto en Ucrania no es nuevo, es el resultado de un proceso de expansión contínua de la OTAN. A principios de los años 90, la administración estadounidense de George H.W. Bush aseguró repetidamente que, tras el colapso de la Unión Soviética, Washington no buscaría extender la OTAN a Europa del Este, Asia Central o el Cáucaso.

“Entendemos que no solo para la Unión Soviética sino también para otros países europeos es importante tener garantías”, dijo el entonces secretario de Estado estadounidense James Baker a Mikhail Gorbachev en 1990. “Si Estados Unidos mantiene su presencia en Alemania dentro del marco de la OTAN, ni una pulgada de la actual jurisdicción militar de la OTAN se extenderá en dirección este”.

Sin embargo, desde ese momento, 14 países se han agregado a la lista de miembros de la OTAN, la mayoría de ellos en Europa del Este. Esta política ha sido claramente provocativa, reconocida como tal incluso dentro de los círculos “dominantes” de política exterior estadounidense. Como señaló George Kennan, el arquitecto original de la política exterior de EE. UU. en la Guerra Fría: “expandir la OTAN sería el error más fatídico de la política estadounidense en toda la era posterior a la Guerra Fría”.

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February 05, 2022

NATO’s eastward expansion is the cause of the crisis around Ukraine

Tensions between the United States-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), the European Union, and Russia have been increasing with a serious risk of war in Ukraine. ​​

The conflict in Ukraine is not new. It is the outcome of an ongoing, decades-long process of NATO expansion. In the early 1990s, the US administration of George HW Bush made repeated assurances that, following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Washington would not seek to extend NATO into Eastern Europe, Central Asia, or the Caucasus. 

“We understand that not only for the Soviet Union but for other European countries as well it is important to have guarantees,” then-US Secretary of State James Baker told Mikhail Gorbachev in 1990. “If the United States keeps its presence in Germany within the framework of NATO, not an inch of NATO’s present military jurisdiction will spread in an eastern direction.”

However, since that time, 14 countries have been added to NATO’s membership list, most of them in Eastern Europe. This policy has clearly been provocative, being recognized as such even within “mainstream” US foreign policy circles. As George Kennan, the original architect of US foreign policy in the Cold War, noted: “expanding NATO would be the most fateful error in American policy in the entire post-Cold War era.”

Ukraine holds a particular geostrategic importance, given that it shares a 2,000 kilometre border with Russia. In recent years, US aggression and interference have served to turn Ukraine into a major flashpoint of the new Cold War. In 2019, the US unilaterally withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty of 1987, increasing the likelihood of an arms race....

February 03, 2022

No Cold War condemns MI5 witch hunt against Britain’s Chinese heritage community

The recent MI5 warning about Christine Lee “interfering” in British parliamentary politics on behalf of China, given widespread coverage in the British media, in reality represents an escalation of the witch-hunt against members of the Chinese diaspora in the UK and an attempt to intimidate those seeking to promote good relations between Britain and China. 

No evidence has been presented to support the claim that Ms Lee has engaged in illegal activity, no charges have been brought, nor has evidence been presented that she engaged in activity any different than those who attempt to promote good relations between Britain and countries other than China. The facts show that she is being targeted simply for aiming to improve relations between the UK and China. The singling out of Ms Lee is racist and discriminatory, introducing a different standard for people of Chinese heritage compared to those with other backgrounds.

Would a security alert be raised if Ms Lee worked for a pro-US organisation and was promoting positive US-UK relations? Or if she worked for a pro-French organisation and was promoting positive France-UK relations? Or if she worked for a pro-Israeli organisation and was promoting positive Israel-UK relations? The very idea is absurd. Numerous individuals and organisations of different heritages attempt to promote good relations between Britain and other countries. There is no suggestion that Ms Lee was engaged in spying or any similar activity – indeed any such charge is absurd as her efforts to promote good relations between China and Britain was publicly known and officially recognised, as evidenced by her meetings with well-known British political figures. This is exactly the opposite of the activity that would be undertaken by a spy or person engaged in espionage....

January 19, 2022

反冷戰組織譴責軍情五處對英國華人社區的政治迫害

英國媒體最近廣泛報導了軍情五處關於對李貞駒律師(克里斯汀·李)所謂代表中國“干涉”英國議會政治的警告,這實際上代表了英國政府迫害在英華人華僑的升級企圖以此恐嚇那些尋求促進中英良好關係的人士。

沒有證據表明李女士從事了非法活動,沒有提出指控,也沒有證據表明她從事的活動與那些試圖促進英國和除中國以外其它國家之間良好關係的活動有任何不同。事實表明,李女士之所以成為目標,僅僅因為她是為了改善英國與中國的關係。單挑李女士及對其無端指控是種族主義和歧視的體現,與其他族裔的人相比,對華裔人士提出了不同的標準。

如果李女士為親美組織工作並促進積極的美英關係,或者如果她為一個親法組織工作 並促進積極的法英關係,再或者如果她為一個親以色列的組織工作並且正在促進積極 的以色列-英國關係,軍情五處是否會發出安全警報?整個事件的想法很荒謬。許多不 同種族的個人和組織試圖促進其所屬國和英國之間的良好關係。沒有跡象表明李女士 從事間諜活動或任何類似活動——事實上,任何此類對李女士的指控都是荒謬的。因 為她為促進中英友好關係所做的努力已廣為人知並得到官方認可,她與英國著名政治 人物的會面也證明了這一點。這與間諜或從事間諜活動的人所從事的活動完全相反。這個所謂“安全警報”的真正目的有兩個組成部分。一是試圖建立雙重標準,認為促 進英國與一些國家(如美國、法國、以色列)的良好關係是可以的,但不允許促進英 國與中國等其他國家的良好關係。二是煽動對中國“黃禍”的恐懼、歧視和種族主 義。

受人尊敬的美國著名歷史學家杰拉爾德·霍恩(Gerald Horne)正確寫道,五十年代 的紅色恐慌是“冷戰的侍女”。如今,針對英國、美國和澳大利亞和其他地方華人社 區的以所謂床下藏著赤色分子的新版言論,正在發揮同樣的作用,這種散佈恐懼的行 為被用來為西方對中國的新冷戰辯護,並鎮壓那些反對這種毫無底線、敵對政策的 人。這是一條非常危險和不民主之路。

(華萍 翻譯 2022年1月20日)

January 19, 2022

“拒绝新冷战”(No Cold War)谴责英国军情五处对英国华人社区的政治迫害

英国媒体最近广泛报道了军情五处关于对华裔律师李贞驹(Christine Lee)所谓代表中国“干涉”英国议会政治的警告,这实际上代表了英国政府迫害在英华人华侨的升级——企图以此恐吓那些寻求促进中英良好关系的人士。

没有证据表明李女士从事了非法活动,至今也并没有针对她涉此事的任何指控,更没有证据表明她从事的活动与那些试图促进英国和除中国以外其它国家之间良好关系的活动有任何不同。事实表明,李女士之所以成为目标,仅仅因为她是为了改善英国与中国的关系。李女士被军情五处单独点名是种族主义歧视的体现,是对华裔人士提出了不同于其他族裔的标准。

如果李女士为亲美组织工作并促进积极的美英关系,或者如果她为一个亲法组织工作并促进积极的法英关系,再或者如果她为一个亲以色列的组织工作并且正在促进积极的以色列-英国关系,军情五处是否会发出安全警告?整个事件的想法很荒谬。许多不同种族的个人和组织试图促进其所属国和英国之间的良好关系。没有迹象表明李女士从事间谍活动或任何类似活动——事实上,任何此类对李女士的指控都是荒谬的。因为她为促进中英友好关系所做的努力已广为人知并得到官方认可,她与英国著名政治人物的会面也证明了这一点。这与间谍或从事间谍活动的人所从事的活动完全相反。

这个所谓“安全警告” 的真正目的有两个组成部分。一是试图建立双重标准,认为促进英国与一些国家(如美国、法国、以色列)的良好关系是可以的,但不允许促进英国与中国等其他国家的良好关系;二是煽动对中国“黄祸”的恐惧、歧视和种族主义。

受人尊敬的美国著名历史学家杰拉尔德·霍恩(Gerald Horne)正确写道,20世纪50年代的红色恐慌是“冷战的侍女”。如今,针对英国、美国和澳大利亚和其他地方华人社区的以所谓床下藏着赤色分子的新版言论,正在发挥同样的作用,这种散布恐惧的行为被用来为西方对中国的新冷战辩护,并镇压那些反对这种毫无底线、敌对政策的人。这种反民主的行为非常危险!

(华萍 翻译于2022年1月20日)

January 19, 2022

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A New Cold War against China is against the interests of humanity

We note the increasingly aggressive statements and actions being taken by the US government in regard to China. These constitute a threat to world peace and are an obstacle to humanity successfully dealing with extremely serious common issues which confront it such as climate change, control of pandemics, racist discrimination and economic development.

We therefore believe that any New Cold War would run entirely counter to the interests of humanity. Instead we stand in favour of maximum global cooperation in order to tackle the enormous challenges we face as a species.

We therefore call upon the US to step back from this threat of a Cold War and also from other dangerous threats to world peace it is engaged in including: withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces agreement; withdrawal from the Paris Climate Change Accords; and its increasing disengagement from UN bodies. The US should also stop pressuring other countries to adopt such dangerous positions.

We support China and the US basing their relations on mutual dialogue and centring on the common issues which unite humanity.

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