|Dear Friend —After last week’s whirlwind visit to Paris for the COP21 UN Climate Summit, I headed straight to Moscow (where they’re experiencing winter temperatures about 30 degrees warmer than usual) on a mission for international diplomacy and peace.
My mission was to discuss our Green foreign policy ideas with leading peace and civil liberties advocates, as well as sitting leaders of a major power – and the outcome was very encouraging indeed!
I was invited to the 10th anniversary gala of the TV news network RT, where I spoke on a panel of politicians including Ken Livingstone, former Mayor of London, and Willy Wimmer, former Vice President of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
I spoke about the need for a “peace offensive” as a badly needed alternative to another US military intervention, this time in Syria, as part of the catastrophic “war on terror”. We can do this by enacting anarms embargo on the Middle East, freezing funds of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and other countries funding terrorist groups, and asking our NATO ally Turkey to close its border to jihadi militias and stop buying oil from ISIS on the black market, for starters.
I also called on both the US and Russia to stop wasting enormous sums on weapons while critical human needs go unmet. For example, the US is now embarking on a program to spend $1 trillion updating its nuclear weaponry, while slashing programs to fight hunger, address homelessness, and provide economic security for our people.