My name is Alvis Petus.
Obviously, you were disappointed with the news about the resumption of the DEFENDER-Europe 20 exercise, which will be held at the Dravsko-Pomorsk training area in Poland from June 5 to 19 in a new “+” format, so was I.
By Ann Wright
During the COVID-19 pandemic, not only will the U.S. military have the largest maritime military maneuvers in the world, with Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) coming to the waters off Hawaii August 17-31, 2020 bringing 26 nations, 25,000 military personnel, up to 50 ships and submarines and hundreds of aircraft in midst of a worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, but the U.S. Army is having a 6,000 person war game in June 2020 in Poland. The State of Hawaii has the most stringent measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus, with a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all persons arriving in Hawaii — returning residents as well as visitors. This quarantine is required until at least June 30, 2020.
by Kate Hudson, March 27th, 2020 Last week the Pentagon pretty much called off the Defender-Europe 20 war games which involved 30,000 US troops landing in continental Europe – exercises which I described recently as the US practising an invasion of Europe. Covid-19 has forced the Pentagon to cut the exercises right back. As of March 13, they announced, all movement of personnel and equipment from the United States to Europe has ceased, in the interests of the health and … Continue reading →
Defender 2020 war rehearsal has not been reduced, but with nuclear U.S. Air Force B-2A bombers implemented. General Tod D. Wolters, Head of the United States European Command confirmed that Defender 2020 is not an exercise of conventional Forces, but of Nuclear Forces. Read the following article by Manlio Dinucci published in Il Manifesto today March 24. Jeannie, CNGNN Italy The art of War Doctor Strangelove takes care of our health Manlio Dinucci (il manifesto, March 24, 2020) Faced with … Continue reading →
So far last statement of EUCOM chief General Tod Wolters on the manoeuvre DEFENDER-Europe 20
Remarks by General Wolters in a Press Briefing via Teleconference on COVID-19 Response
by Ann Garrison
I spoke to Bruce Gagnon, coordinator and co-founder of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, about the NATO shutdown.
Video by Kristine Karch, Germany, Co-Chiar of the international network “No to war – no to NATO” and member of the coordinating commmittee of the campaign “Stopp Air Base Ramstein” in Germany
This video was produced end of February for Pat Elder, USA for his “PFAS” tour through Californaia. He is a member of the internationanl coordinating commitee of the international network “No to war – no to NATO” and member of the international council of the campaign “Stopp Air Base Ramstein”.
by Col. Ann Wright (ret.) Posted on March 10, 2020 99.9 percent of citizens of the United States have no clue that the new “Cold War” against Russia is manifesting in the largest U.S. military war practice in Europe than in more than 25 years. They have not heard that the US military is sending 20,000 soldiers from the US to Europe to join 9,000 US troops already in Europe and 8,000 soldiers from ten European countries to practice waging … Continue reading →
This is opening statement by Tamara Lorincz against the former Defence Minister on the NATO debate (9 minutes) last Tuesday (I mentioned Defender 20): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAWjQ90gBG0&t=14s
by Ingeborg Breines, Norway Faced with the pure madness of the Defender 2020, this enormous U.S.-led multinational military exercise in Europe with NATO participation, it is the words of the climate activist Gretha Tunberg that comes to mind most easily: How dare you? This wargame contributes in a very dangerous way to the existing tension between the West and Russia, which is one of the drivers behind the present militarization and arms’ race, involving both conventional and nuclear weapons. The … Continue reading →
by Alvis Petus, Latvia Since the start of U.S.-led Defender Europe 2020 military exercise in February, peace movement activists have criticized the maneuvers and called them a provocation. The exercises are expected to last about five months, taking place mostly in Germany, Poland and the Baltic states. US European Command said in October that the mission aims to “to build readiness within the [NATO] alliance and deter potential adversaries.” Defender Europe 2020 has sparked major protests in Germany. Local population … Continue reading →
Concerning actions, INTAL was planning actions in the port of Antwerp. However, the ship was delayed, so I do not know if something happened. Contact: Concerning the military activity: Today arrived the Integrity in the port of Antwerp (https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:435941/mmsi:367063310/vessel:INTEGRITY – 2 days later than scheduled). This was the first ship with US military material for Defender 2020. Earlier this month a UK vessel has unloaded material. I noticed, after the Endurance which arrived Saturday, at least 2 ships under … Continue reading →
DGB resolution against the NATO “DEFENDER 2020″ exercise in Europe We say “No” to the NATO exercise and “Yes” to peace, détente and disarmament Branded “DEFENDER 2020”, NATO is planning one of the largest land forces exercises seen in Europe since the end of the Cold War. Scheduled for April and May, the exercise aims to demonstrate a) NATO’s strategic readiness, testing its ability to rapidly deploy armoured US brigades to the Russian border in an emergency; and b) NATO’s … Continue reading →
Hello! Here is my new article about U.S. Army presence in Europe and the threat which Defender Europe 2020 presents to Europe. Alvis Petus *Coronavirus is in Italy, Latvia is next* Coronavirus can be /transferred/to Latvia by the /U.S. Army paratroopers from 173rd Airborne Brigade, stationed in Vicenza, northern Italy./ /It is known that Italy is trying to contain an outbreak of COVID-19 after the country saw a major uptick in cases of the coronavirus disease in northern Italy. Italy … Continue reading →
Concerning the military activity: Today (24.02.2020) arrived the Integrity in the port of Antwerp (https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:435941/mmsi:367063310/vessel:INTEGRITY – 2 days later than scheduled). This was the first ship with US military material for Defender 2020. Earlier this month a UK vessel has unloaded material. I noticed, after the Endurance which arrived Saturday, at least 2 ships under way for Bremerhaven from Savannah: the Green Bay (just arrived) en the Green Lake (ETA 2 March, but these times can change a lot): https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:440667/mmsi:338009000/vessel:GREEN%20BAY … Continue reading →
Read the newspaper: Web_Newspaper_Defender_2020.pdf
Downlaod the newspaper: Web_Newspaper_Defender_2020.pdf (500 k)
As far as I can see there is at the moment no action planning for Defender in the Netherlands.
I have asked Jan Schaake (Enschede) and Guido van Leemput (SP). Jan says that he gives priority to the action in Dülmen. He estimates that transports (by train) will cross the border at Venlo (so not Bentheim or Emmerich).
Guido says that they are monitoring developments intensively and that Ludo is involved.
I have further asked someone in Zeeland to be alert on developments in Vlissingen. Zeeland is by the way a bit of a vacuum for the peace movement here.
Under the circumstances, I think it is not useful to send someone to Duisburg as there is no action planned in the Netherlands. Rather sad, but that is the situation here at the moment.
I keep you posted on developments.
Friendly greetings, Kees
by Adam Kamiński, Poland The United States continues to emphasize that the relationship between the US and Poland is close. “Polish-American relations are better than ever” – said the United States Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher. According to her, it is because of “the honest and personal relations between Poland’s President Andrzej Duda and US leader Donald Trump“. It’s worth mentioning that although American politicians, who are singing the praises of love and friendship between Poland and United States, in … Continue reading →
By Lukas Ramonas, Author of the Baltic Word. As you know, large-scale NATO maneuvers Defender-Europe 20 will soon begin. Nearly 40 thousand troops will take part in the exercise. The exercise will be held in 10 European countries, including Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland and Germany. These maneuvers will be the largest transfer of troops directly from the United States to the European continent in more than 25 years. For the first time, an American division will be transported to Eastern … Continue reading →
Hello! I am an active supporter of your anty NATO position. I am strongly against military exercise Defender Europe 20 in Latvia and in any other country.
I also started petitions in English and Russian languages:
I am a blogger-beginner from Latvia. I want to suggest you kind of cooperation, namely, i would like to propose you some videos for your web-site and social networks. I like your policy and approach regarding the upcoming military exercise Defender Europe 20. I also act against Defender Europe 20. I am an independent blogger and act for anti-war and anti-NATO movements in Latvia and Europe in general. To my mind, the main goal of this maneuver is not to … Continue reading →
Defender 2020 means Germany and other NATO states defend the right of American forces to poison drinking water, groundwater, rivers, soil, and air. There’s a new story from Wiesbaden today that reports the US has contaminated groundwater with 104,000 parts per trillion (ppt) of PFAS substances. Wiesbaden is contaminated forever. For comparison, Ramstein reported contamination of the carcinogenic substances at 264,000 ppt of PFAS while Spangdahlem Air Base found PFAS at concentrations of 1,935 ppt. In Bitburg, the groundwater was … Continue reading →
Kate Hudson latest blog on the Defender 20 theme for info
Major US Defender Europe 20 Maneuver: First Troop Transfers begin today through Germany
ERLIN/WASHINGTON (Own report) – Contrary to all previous announcements, the major US Defender Europe 20 maneuver – aimed at Russia – begins already today, Thursday, with US Army troop transfers crossing straight through Germany.
By IMMANUEL JOHNSON | STARS AND STRIPES Published: January 8, 2020
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The 2nd Cavalry Regiment will take over NATO’s mission in northeastern Poland this month, in support of the alliance’s effort aimed at deterring Russian aggression.
The Vilseck, Germany-based unit will send one infantry squadron with elements from regimental engineering and support squadrons, 2nd Cavalry spokeswoman Capt. Ellen Brabo said.
by Pat Elder, December 26, 2019
Green X – Convoy Support centers in Garlstedt, Burg, and Oberlausitz
Blue – Parachute exercises: Headquarters: Ramstein, Germany; drops in Georgia, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia
Black – Command Post Grafenwoehr, Germany
Blue Line – River Crossing – 11,000 troops Drawsko Pomorskie, Poland
Yellow X – Joint Support and Enabling Command, (JSEC), Ulm
The German version will be found here: https://cooptv.wordpress.com/2020/01/08/grossmanoever-defender-europe-20/
The first action conference against the planned NATO war-manoeuvre Defender 2020 took place in Leipzig (Germany) on November 24th. With 100 participants, mostly from the East Germany, the hall in the St. Trinitatis church was overcrowded, participants had to sit in the hallway and on the floor. Invited were people from the DFG-VK Ost, attac Leipzig and Halle, Aufstehen Leipzig, der Naturwissenschaftler Friedensinitiative and the BI Offene Heide. Present were peace activists from almost all regions, towns and villages of … Continue reading →
an interesting article on www.german-foreign-policy.com/en/
WASHINGTON/BERLIN (Own report) – In the spring of 2020, the NATO power block will hold a war game to test its mobilization against the East, according to a letter from the German Ministry of Defense. With the “Defender 2020” military exercise, the USA and its European allies will be testing the military infrastructure, command structures and supply routes it has been building up over the past few years in Eastern Europe.
Enclosed you will find the answer of the Federal Government to the routes of the troop transfer within the war maneuver Defender 2020, which Alexander Neu received and made available to us. Here a translation with the support of deepl.com: Question To the knowledge of the Federal Government, which deployments of NATO forces are to be carried out in the context of the preparations for the NATO manoeuvre “Defender 2020” planned by or from Germany and how did the “Bundeswehr” … Continue reading →
If you are interessed in official information abour Defender 2020, here the link to the website of the US Army Europe. https://www.eur.army.mil/DefenderEurope/
Here you can find the DEFENDER-Europe 20 Fact Sheet https://www.eur.army.mil/Portals/19/documents/DEFENDEREurope/DEFENDEREurope20Factsheet200224.pdf