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Peace activist envisions a NATO-free future

Reiner Braun at a peace and development symposium in February of 2011. Braun will attend a NATO counter-summit this weekend. (Flickr/FreiKoop)

NATO won't be the only game in town this weekend.

A coalition of 39 national peace and social justice groups have organized a summit where they hope to envision “an alternative future without NATO.” The Counter-Summit for Peace and Economic Justice takes place Friday and Saturday at the People's Church on Lawrence Ave.

German activist Reiner Braun, a noted speaker and representative of Germany’s peace movement since 1982, is in town to speak at the counter-summit.

The executive director of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms says he has serious concerns about NATO’s purpose and what it means for world as it pursues so-called "out of area" operations. He’s closely followed NATO's expanded role in Afghanistan and notes European support for the conflict may be eroding.

Worldview speaks with Braun Wednesday about his "No to War - No to NATO" vision.

 

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