by Kate Hudson, CND Secretary General and member of the ICC of “No to war – no to NATO”
Hundreds of peace activists from across Europe gathered in central London on 30th November to challenge the NATO war machine and discuss alternatives to current policies which are taking the world closer to war. ‘The New World Disorder’ was the counter-summit organised by the No to War – No to NATO network, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and the Stop the War Coalition. In a packed hall draped with banners from our movement, participants welcomed the veteran writer and broadcaster Tariq Ali, well-known for his pivotal role in the campaign against the Vietnam War. He was joined in the opening plenary by Ludo de Brabander from Vrede vzw in Belgium, Lindsey German from the Stop the War Coalition, UK, and Kristine Karch from the No to War – No to NATO network in Germany. Arielle Denis, the French IPB and anti-nuclear activist, well-known to many in the audience, was in the chair for the session.