This November marks the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, a turning point in the history of Palestine and of the Palestinian people in the last seven decades. In this secret message, sent by the then British Foreign Secretary Lord Arthur Balfour to the Zionist leader Walter Rothschild, the British empire supported by the creation of a "national home for the Jewish people in Palestine" and the best endeavours "to achieve this objective”. At the same time, publicly, the British authorities made empty promises to the Arab populations, which they would never fulfil.
Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation
The European Parliament awarded the Sakharov prize to the sectors who have been the protagonists of violence in Venezuela and are responsible for dozens of victims among the Venezuelan population.
Following the adoption on last July 7th of the treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons leading towards their total elimination, and the opening of the document for subscription since September 20th in the UN headquarters in New York, the Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation (CPPC) has launched in Portugal, on the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, September 26th, the following petition addressed to the Portuguese Authorities.
The General Assembly of the United Nations declared September 26th as International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, on December 2013, following a meeting held on September 26th that same year, where there was demand of the urgent initiation of negotiations at the Disarmament Conference towards the rapid conclusion of a general convention on nuclear weapons, that prohibit the possession, development, production, acquisition, test, stockpiling, trade, use or threat to use these weapons, and that foresees its elimination.
On August 6, 2017, exactly 72 years after the criminal bombing of the Japanese city of Hiroshima by the United States, the city of Almada, in Portugal, hosted an initiative promoted by the Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation and the Municipal Councils of Almada and Seixal - members of the Municipalities for Peace Movement -, which called for the end of nuclear weapons and for general disarmament, simultaneous and controlled.
The Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation (CPPC) strongly condemns and regards as very serious the statements made by US President Donald Trump on August 11, stating that the US administration has many options for Venezuela, Including the "military option".
The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is being targeted by a violent, destabilizing, putschist campaign promoted by the USA and the Venezuelan oligarchy, part of an offensive against the peoples and the progressive anti-imperialist and sovereign affirmation processes in Latin America and the Caribbean, an offensive that aims at imposing USA’s politic and economic domination in the region.
The Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation (CPPC) marked the 40th anniversary since it legal constitution, formalized in April 1976, with a number of initiatives, including the publication of a book from which we reproduce excerpts from its preface and introduction.
The present relevance of the struggle for peace
The Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation (CPPC) strongly condemns the recent decisions buy the US president to strengthen the blockade against Cuba, namely by reverting some measures, that although insuficient, had been put forward by the previous US Administration. Now it will again become harder for US citizens to travel to Cuba and new restrictions on comercial trade with the island have emerged.
The Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation (CPPC) organized an action in solidarity with the people of Venezuela on July 5th, day of the 206th anniversary of the Venezuelan Independence.