An Urgent Appeal to the World Public Opinion: Stop the war before it is too late!

The war in Ukraine is continuing, unabated for four months now, causing vast destruction of life and property of the people of Ukraine and enormous damage to the global economy affecting the lives of millions of people the world over due to rising prices and energy crisis, and above all steadily increasing global tensions pushing humanity to the brink of a nuclear war. 

The Russian military intervention in Ukraine was an evident response to the measures taken by the Kyiv regime and its armed far-right militias against Russians, Russian speaking population and other citizens of Ukraine, to the non-implementation of the Minsk agreements and to the continuous aggressive expansion of the NATO alliance inside the former USSR. 

But even if we dismiss altogether the Russian arguments and if we accept fully the US and NATO’s arguments regarding the Ukrainian crisis, the Western response to the Russian intervention by arming Ukraine massively and by imposing unprecedented sanctions against Russia, is totally disproportionate. This policy, while not helping the peoples of Ukraine, is comporting very high risk of nuclear, ecological and socio-economic global disasters. 

The prolongation of the Ukrainian conflict is increasing the risk of a nuclear world war by accident, by miscalculation or by provocation and the subsequent annihilation of humanity. 

It is clearly impossible to tackle the burning challenges of our time such as climate change, hunger, and other existential threats to humanity in an atmosphere of international hostility. All the gains achieved since the end of the Second World War seem to be at stake today and the level of cooperation among nations and peoples has reached a stunning low at this moment. The continuation of this conflict gets us closer to the point of a collapse of human civilisation as the recent UN report warned us about (GAR2022: Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction). 

The sanctions and counter-sanctions have already had devastating social and economic effects on the majority of the countries of the world. 

By now it is clear that all those measures cannot help Ukraine to win a war impossible to win from its very beginning. They are contributing to the killing and migration of the Ukrainian youth and to the destruction of its country. 

This is why we consider of utmost urgency to call for immediate ceasefire and start of negotiations accompanied by the lifting of sanctions and a halt to the arming of Ukraine. 

We call on the world’s public opinion, all social movements, intellectuals, trade unions, religious communities and governments to act firmly in this direction and to coordinate their efforts. 

There is no more important task for humanity now than to stop our descent into open world war and the collapse of Civilisation! 

For Bandung Spirit Collective and Delphi Initiative for the Defence of Democracy
https://bandungspirit.org/ and Defend Democracy Press | Defending Democracy in Greece and Europe


Working group:

Isaac Bazié, Burkina Faso/Canada (Professor, Comparative Literature, African Studies, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada)

Beatriz Bissio, Brazil/Uruguay (Professor, History, Political Sciences, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Bruno Drweski, France/Poland (Professor, Geopolitics, Central and Eastern European Studies, INALCO National Institute of Languages and Civilisations, France)

Darwis Khudori, Indonesia/France (Professor, History, Oriental/Asian Studies, Université Le Havre Normandie, France)

Dimitris Konstantakopoulos, Greece (Journalist and writer, Defend Democracy Press, Athens, Greece)

Manoranjan Mohanty, India (Former Professor, Political Sciences, Chinese Studies, University of Delhi, India)

Yin Zhiguang, China/UK (Professor, Political Sciences, International Relations, Fudan University, Shanghai, China)


Signed by:

Ibro Abdou, Directeur de ISEP, Institut de Stratégie, d’Evaluation et de Prospective, Niamey, Niger

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Sayf Alaydrus, Student, Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Universitas Airlangga, Surabaya, Indonesia

Annamaria Artner, Habilitated College Professor and Senior Research Fellow, Milton Friedman University and Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Institute of World Economics, Budapest, Hungary

Francis Arzalier, Historian, President Collectif Communiste Polex, Saint-Denis, France

Ellen Elizabeth Barfield, Full-time Volunteer Justice and Peace Activist, Veterans For Peace, War Resisters League, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

David Barkin, Profesor Distinguido Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana- Unidad Xochimilco, Ciudad de México, Mexico

Fikret Başkaya, Professor, President of the Free University, Istanbul

Anice Benjelloun, Business Professional, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

Matyas Benyik, Social Scientist and Activist, ATTAC Hungary Association, Budapest, Hungary

Georges Beriachvili, Professor, Stanislas High School, Paris, Georgia/France

Jean-Louis Bertrand, France, Informaticien, Editor, Casalabriva, France

Françoise Bloch, Socio-anthropologue CNRS (retired), France

Reiner Braun, Executive Director of the International Peace Bureau (IPB), Germany

Heriberto Cairo, Professor, former Dean of the Faculty of Political Science and Sociology, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

Yücel Candemir, Emeritus Professor of Economics, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey

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Radhika Desai, Professor, Department of Political Studies, Director, Geopolitical Economy Research Group, University of Manitoba, Canada

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Klaus Dräger, former policy advisor of the GUE/NGL on employment & social affairs, Germany

Aziz Fall,  Professor, GRILA, Montreal, Sénégal/Canada

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Alan Freeman, University of Manitoba, Canada/UK

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Raymond McGovern, Journalist, Veterans For Peace, Washington, DC, USA

Harald Grünberg, Activist, Marxistisches Forum Partei Die Linke, Berlin, Germany

Hall Greenland, Writer, Australia

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Soyoung Kim, Professor, Korea National University of Arts, Seoul, South Korea

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Sanoop Sajan Koshy, Research Scholar, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India

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Marios Kritikos, member of the General Council of ADEDY, the Trade Union of Greek Public Servants, Greece

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Annie Lacroix-Riz, Emeritus Professor, Contempory History,  Université Paris VII-Denis Diderot, France

Dimitri Lascaris, Lawyer, Journalist, Montreal, Canada

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Angela Lee, Festival Director, Producer, Film Critic, The Chuncheon SF Film Festival/CCFF, Chuncheon City, South Korea

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Lin Chun, Professor, London School of Economics, China/UK

Pierre LeBlanc, Journalist and Activist, Canada

Michèle Leclerc-Olive, honorary researcher CNRS (HDR), member of the laboratoire Institut de Recherche Interdisciplinaire sur les enjeux Sociaux (IRIS), President of CORENS (Collectif Régional pour la Coopération Nord-Sud – Hauts de France) and of CIBELE ((Collectif Régional pour la Coopération Nord-Sud – Ile de France), France

Jeffrey Lever, Visiting Fellow, Law Department, London South Bank University, UK

María Lois, As. Professor, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

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Rasigan Maharajh, Chief Director, Institute for Economic Research on Innovation, Tshwane University of Technology, Tshwane, South Africa

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