Seminar – European Militarism

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Date(s) - Saturday - Apr 13, 2019
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The Dutch committee Oorlog is Geen Oplossing (War is No Solution) and the antimilitarist researchgroup VD AMOK in Utrecht together with the Network No to War – No to NATO are inviting you to a seminar on European militarism Sunday April 14th in Amsterdam.

Some weeks before the European Union Parlamentarian elections we want to discuss about a Europe in peace. This is more than the EU. We also want to analyze the actual policy of militarization of the EU.

The seminar will take place the day after an international day of peace on Saturday April 13th in Amsterdam which is mainly organized by the Socialist Party of the Netherlands, but also supported by the international Network and Dutch peace groups. In this meeting there also will be a session with international guests. The broader context of the event will be international solidarity, struggle against arms trade and the European army. There will be parliamentary speakers of the SP and speakers from Kurdish, Palestine and Moroccon social movements.


Morning session; 11-12.30.

11.00. Opening clip

11.01. Message by Noam Chomsky

11.02. Opening remarks by party chairman Ron Meijer

11.15-11.35. Ludo de Brabander. ‘Developments in NATO and Europe on nuclear arms and beyond’. De Brabander is a spokesperson for Vrede in Belgium and activist for ‘No to War No to Nato’-network.

11.35. Nawal Ben Aissa. ‘Introduction on human rights in Morocco’.

Ben Aissa is an activist from the Hirak-movement in Morocco.

11.40-12.00. Bette Dam. ‘How to finish the war in Afghanistan?’

Dam is an author of the book ‘Searching for an enemy’.

12.00. Shawan Jabarin. ‘Introduction on the Israeli occupation of Palestine’.

Jabarin is an activist from Palestine.

12.05–12.25. Sadet Karabulut. ‘The threats to world peace’; what to do first?’ Karabulut is a member of parliament of the Socialist Party in the Netherlands.

12.25. Feleknas Uca. ‘Introduction on human rights in Turkey.’ Uca is a member of the Turkish parliament for the HDP.

12.30-13.30. Lunch

Afternoon sessions; 13.30-15.00.

  1. Arms trade and the war in Yemen.

A panel with Frank Slijper (Pax) and Wendela de Vries (Stop Wapenhandel) and Saif Al Haddi (activist originally from Jemen). Chair; Jip van Dort.

  1. International solidarity with human rights struggle for Kurds, Palestinians, and in Morocco.

A panel with Shawan Jabarin from Palestine, Nawal Ben Aissa from Morocco and Feleknek Uca from Turkey. Chair: Sadet Karabulut.

  1. The new cold war, militarisation of the EU, developments in NATO and on nuclear arms.

A panel with Reiner Braun (PBI) , Ludo de Brabander (Vrede) and Krista van Velzen (PAX). Chair: Guido van Leemput.

  1. Break 15.–15.30.

Late afternoon session; 15.30-16.30.

15.30 Presentation of the Karel Koster-archive.

15.35 Conclusions from the panels with relevancy for the next period on peace work in the Netherlands and in Europe.

16.15 ‘Final remarks on peace struggle, social justice and international solidarity’. Lilian Marijnissen, chairwoman parliamentarian group Socialist Party.

16.30 End of the programme.

16.30 – 18.00. Drinks

18.00u – Dinner with guests in a nearby restaurant

Request: Please let us know that you are coming, so we know in advance.

Either via via button ‘Doe Mee’, or

It would be great when you could attend the peace weekend in the Netherlands and take part in the debate. We will try to make some hotel arrangements in the neighbourhood and offer possibilities to stay at private addresses if needed.

More information will be published on and

These pages are mainly in Dutch but please take notice of messages in English there.

When you are interested, send an email to and we keep you posted.

Friendly greetings,

Kees Kalkman           Reiner Braun                            Jan Schaake

VD AMOK                     No to war No to NATO         Oorlog is geen Oplossing