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We have met and interviewed the prominent German peace activist Jürgen Grässlin during the Conference about Utopia at the Monastero del Bene Comune in Sezano (Verona), Italy.
Grässlin, an arms trade expert who has already collaborated with Pressenza during the 2016 Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum and the last International Peace Bureau Congress, reminds us about the necessity of peace. In his opinion we all must achieve a world without arms, military and violence step by step, starting by forming a network of all people who are working for a better future.
We have also talked about Grässlin’s researches on German and European arms export, a huge business that causes millions of victims all over the world. Germany, Italy, USA and Russia are the main countries involved in arms trade, which too often goes beyond the limits of the International Conventions.
Jürgen Grässlin and the anti-war campaign Aktion Aufschrei (‘Action Outcry’) are engaged in denouncing this kind of crimes by bringing to Germany the voice of the victims and by realizing nonviolent actions against the aggressors, i. e. arms companies and political institutions which support them.
A recent TNS Enmid survey (february 2016) has revealed that about 83% of the Germans are against arms export, and probably the same opinion is shared by the majority of people, in Europe and beyond. It is time to unite all these people – Grässlin says, and work together to realize the utopia of peace.
About The Author
Curioso, nonviolento, amante delle differenze e dell'uguaglianza. Per diversi anni è stato attivista dell’Associazione Umanista Reciprocità, del Centro delle Culture e di Convergenza delle Culture. Nel 2010 ha vinto il Premio internazionale di giornalismo »Maria Grazia Cutuli« raccontando in una tesi le storie di migranti a Napoli e nel 2011 ha collaborato alla redazione Esteri del Corriere della Sera. Ha scritto per Controluce, T.t.NA, Cittàfuture, il blog Nuovi Italiani di Corriere.it. Nel 2012 è stato tra i fondatori del giornale online First Line Press, di cui è stato redattore fino al 2014.