Stop a nuclear war: dissolve NATO, end the economic boycott

Sandew Hira, November 2, 2022

The motive for a nuclear war

The world is at the threshold of a nuclear disaster. The driving force behind this is NATO, not Russia, Iran, North Korea or China. NATO, led by the US, is pushing for a nuclear war. Currently, only the United States supported by Western governments have the motive to start a war that develops into a nuclear war. Successive presidents have argued that United States should be the policeman of the world.

George W. Bush proclaimed in 2006: “The only alternative to American leadership is a dramatically more dangerous and anxious world.”[1]

Barrack Obama said in 2014: Those who argue otherwise — who suggest that America is in decline, or has seen its global leadership slip away — are either misreading history or engaged in partisan politics… America must always lead on the world stage.  If we don’t, no one else will.  The military … is and always will be the backbone of that leadership.”[2]

In 2020 Donald Trump brought to world to the brink of an all out war with Iran with assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in 2020. That war would easily have developed into a broad regional war. Despite his isolationist rhetoric and actions expressed the US withdrawal from international accords such as the Iran Nuclear deal and the Paris Climate Accords Donald Trump was ready to use military force to enforce US dominance in the world.

President Joe Biden said in 2022: “There’s going to be a new world order out there, and we’ve got to lead it.”[3]

The US is the only state in the world with the explicit goal of maintaining a global dominance of the world. That goal is supported by military means. The US has 800 military bases across the globe. They are not meant to protect the US from foreign invasions. They are there to maintain US hegemony over the world. Conservative scholar Robert Kagan puts it like this: “There is the matter of American hard power. What has been true since the time of Rome remains true today: there can be no world order without power to preserve it, to shape its norms, uphold its institutions, defend the sinews of its economic system, and keep the peace…. If the United States begins to look like a less reliable defender of the present order, that order will begin to unravel. It remains true today as it has since the Second World War that only the United States has the capacity and the unique geographical advantages to provide global security. There can be no stable balance of power in Europe or Asia without the United States. And while we can talk about soft power and smart power, they have been and always will be of limited value when confronting raw military power.”[4]

What will happen if a government refuses to accept US military, economic and political dominance? Then the US will use any means necessary to bring down that government: destabilization, economic boycott, coup d’état and ultimately a military invasion. And this is all supported by a simple narrative: it is about the struggle between good and evil and the US represent good and its adversary represent evil. The storyline is communicated through every mainstream media and is part of the colonization of the mind.

The US is preparing for World War III. It sees China, Russia, Iran and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) as its main enemies. In its Annual Threat Assessment of 2021 the US Intelligence Community laid down it view of the factors that might lead to of a future military confrontation: “Beijing, Moscow, Tehran, and Pyongyang have demonstrated the capability and intent to advance their interests at the expense of the United States and its allies, despite the pandemic. China increasingly is a near-peer competitor, challenging the United States in multiple arenas—especially economically, militarily, and technologically—and is pushing to change global norms. Russia is pushing back against Washington where it can globally, employing techniques up to and including the use of force. Iran will remain a regional menace with broader malign influence activities, and North Korea will be a disruptive player on the regional and world stages. Major adversaries and competitors are enhancing and exercising their military, cyber, and other capabilities, raising the risks to US and allied forces, weakening our conventional deterrence, and worsening the longstanding threat from weapons of mass destruction.”[5]

In other words: these four countries are challenging US hegemony on a regional and global scale in different terrains: economically, militarily en technologically. The only way to break that challenge is not by soft talk, but by hard power.

The preparation

In 2021 there were nine countries with nuclear arms: China, DPRK (North Korea), France, India, Israel, Pakistan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Together they have more than 13,080 nuclear weapons. Russia and the US together possess 80% of all nuclear heads: Russia has 6,255 and the US 5,550. China has 350, DPRK 40-50 and Israel 90. The US hosts part of its nuclear weapons in five countries: Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Türkiye .[6]

Two US political scientists, Keira Lieber and Daryl Press have built a computer model to simulate a hypothetical U.S. attack on Russia’s nuclear arsenal using the standard unclassified formulas that defense analysts have used for decades. Lieber en Press: “We assigned U.S. nuclear warheads to Russian targets on the basis of two criteria: the most accurate weapons were aimed at the hardest targets, and the fastest arriving weapons at the Russian forces that can react most quickly. Because Russia is essentially blind to a submarine attack from the Pacific and would have great difficulty detecting the approach of low-flying stealthy nuclear-armed cruise missiles, we targeted each Russian weapon system with at least one submarine-based warhead  or cruise missile. An attack organized in this manner would give Russian leaders virtually no warning.”[7]

What would be the likely result of the attack? Lieber en Press: “According to our model, such a simplified surprise attack would have a good chance of destroying every Russian bomber base, submarine, and ICBM. [SH: Intercontinental Ballistic Missile]. This finding is not based on best-case assumptions or an unrealistic scenario in which U.S. missiles perform perfectly and the warheads hit their targets without fail. Rather, we used standard assumptions to estimate the likely inaccuracy and unreliability of U.S. weapons systems. Moreover, our model indicates that all of Russia’s strategic nuclear arsenal would still be destroyed even if U.S. weapons were 20 percent less accurate than we assumed, or if U.S. weapons were only 70 percent reliable, or if Russian ICBM silos were 50 percent ‘harder’ (more reinforced, and hence more resistant to attack) than we expected. (Of course, the unclassified estimates we used may understate the capabilities of U.S. forces, making an attack even more likely to succeed.)… China’s nuclear arsenal is even more vulnerable to a U.S. attack. A U.S. first strike could succeed whether it was launched as a surprise or in the midst of a crisis during a Chinese alert. China has a limited strategic nuclear arsenal.”[8] The end result will be a world order where “Russia and China-and the rest of the world-will live in the shadow of U.S. nuclear primacy for many years to come.”[9]

The war in Ukraine

The war in Ukraine is the result of NATO provocations. It is not an unprovoked war as Western media claim. I have described these provocations in an analysis of the events leading up to the war here. The eastward expansion of NATO is the main provocation. It took a new dimension in 2014 the Nazi coup d’état in Ukraine that was organized by NATO. It brought the prospect of Ukraine joining NATO closer to reality. NATO nuclear weapons would be stored at the border of Russia. All efforts by Russia to achieve a peaceful resolution of the tension culminating in two Minsk Accords were systematically undermined by NATO. NATO’s alternative to Russia was this: you wait and see when we will attack you once Ukraine become a member of NATO or you attack Ukraine now and we will bring hell to you by any means necessary: military war and the most severe economic boycott. Russia chose the last option.

The Western media are a major factor in mobilizing public opinion against Russia and for NATO. They use all mechanisms in colonizing the mind: outright lies, the selective use of solidarity with suffering people (the 14.000 Ukrainians killed in the Donbass by Ukrainian Nazi’s are not mentioned, but every day we see images of people suffering from Russian bombardments), portraying Russia as the perpetrator and NATO as the victim etc.

But the NATO game did not work out as it has been planned. Despite initial setbacks, Russia is winning the war. The economic boycott of Russia led to a deep economic crisis in the West, not in Russia. Europe is being colonized by US firms. They are forces to buy expensive oil and gas via the US. Russia has managed to set up an alternative economic infrastructure. They had been preparing for this for years. And now the population of Europe is bearing the brunt of NATO policies.

The way forward

Now is the time for all progressive forces, including the decolonial movement, to articulate a clear policy for social struggle: dissolve NATO and end all economic boycotts. It is as simple as that. Dissolve NATO means that in every NATO country the population should urge their government to step down from NATO and end all economic boycotts, not just of Russia, but of all countries, including Iran and Venezuela. These two simple demands should be at the core of every social movement: the socialist movement, the ecological movement, the movement against racism, the peace movement, the decolonial movements etc.

Together with these demands is the urgent need to counter the Western narrative of the Russian aggression in Ukraine. If you don’t engage in this narrative, you end up with a strategy that effectively supports NATO aggression. An example of this is the strategy the declaration of QG Décolonial from France, the former Parti des Indigènes de la République (PIR) led by Houria Bouteldja. The declaration takes all the talking points of the Western media regarding Russia and Ukraine.

“Nothing can make us forget how odious Putin is in his Tsarist melancholy.” The specter of the evil force: Putin.

“Denouncing Western policies toward Russia and China (the real target of the United States) does not justify Russia’s violation of Ukrainian national sovereignty.” The Ukrainian national sovereignty was violated since the coup of 2014. Ukraine was since then effectively led by the handlers of Zelensky from the US.

“To say that Ukrainians are Nazis is an insulting and offensive generalization.” Of course not all Ukrainians are Nazi’s, but the Nazi’s are the leading force in Ukraine.

“The country under Zelensky ‘s leadership is undeniably under attack.” In fact, it is the other way around. Since 2014 the Ukraine army relentlessly attacked the Russian population of the Donbass. That policy continued under Zelensky.

“It is therefore important to make ends meet: not only condemn the Russian aggression, but also not join the Ukrainian president.” How can you talk about the Russian aggression, when the aggression has been built up since 2014 by NATO?

“The Russian demonstrations against war and conscription deserve our full support and solidarity.” What about the Russian support in favor of the war? Russia has a population of 145 million people. Despite the claim of the contrary in the West, Russia is a democratic country with periodical elections for the presidency. In 2000 Putin won the presidential elections with 53% of the votes. In 2004 he got 72% of the votes. In 2008 he could not run because of the two term limit. In 2008 the presidential term was extended from four to six years. In 2012 Putin ran again and won with 64% of the votes. In 2018 he got 78%. On an average he got 67% of the votes. That means that there are still 33% of the people who did not vote for him and probable are against him. We are talking about 48 million Russian citizens who are against Putin. Why focus on the opposition against the war and ignore the massive Russian support for the war?

The end result of this analysis is the slogan: “We must resist the war and its tragic consequences for the people of Ukraine and the region. More than ever, we must cherish revolutionary peace.” Revolutionary peace means being silent about the suffering of the people of the Donbass and focus only on the rest of the people of Ukraine. Because if you pay attention to the people of the Donbass, then suddenly the Russian military action comes in another perspective: the pushback against the NATO expansion and the threat of nuclear war. The phrase about a revolutionary peace is just an empty phrase that neglects the reality of imperialist wars.

[1] Bush, G.W. (2006).

[2] Obama, B. (2014).

[3] Accessed 17-7-2022.

[4] Idem.

[5] ODNI (2021), p. 4.

[6] Sipri Yearbook 2021, p. 19.

[7] Idem, p. 45-56

[8] Idem, p. 48.

[9] Idem, p.43.


Application Deadline: November 20, 2022
Affiliated Faculty Members include:
Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni, Houria Bouteldja, Ramón Grosfoguel,Faith Mkwesha, Sandew Hira, Ashraf Kunnummal, Dina Odessy
The online international decolonial school, South-South Decolonial Dialogues, aims to open a dialogue among different decolonial thinkers of the Global South. The school goal is to the present different decolonial perspectives produced from the body-politics and geo-politics of knowledge of liberation struggles in the Global South. For this purpose, we have a group of decolonial intellectual/activists from different regions of the world that will participate as faculty of the decolonial school. They will cover different aspects of decoloniality with emphasis on their regional location. This course is offered through the Center of Study and Investigation for Decolonial Dialogues (Barcelona).

Zoom webinar Decolonizing The Mind October 26th, 2022: A comprehensive framework for decolonial theory and practice

Date and Time: Wednesday October 26: 2 PM Amsterdam, 2 PM South Africa, 9 AM Brasilia, 1 PM UK, 5.30 PM New Delhi, 8 AM New York


Speaker: Sandew Hira, penname of Dew Baboeram, is secretary of the Decolonial International Network Foundation (DIN). He studied economics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam in Holland. He has written 16 books on different topics among them colonial history. His forthcoming book is titled Decolonizing The Mind: A guide to decolonial theory and practice (Amrit Publisher, January 15 2023). His CV is here:

Moderator: Munyaradzi Mushonga, Global Academic Director of DIN.


On January 15, 2023 Amrit Publishers will publish a special book by Sandew Hira titled “Decolonizing The Mind – A guide to decolonial theory and practice”. This book is special because of different reasons.

First, across the globe there is a rise of a movement inside and outside the academia that labels their narrative as “decolonial”. Academics and activists have made great contributions to decolonial theory and practice that have been incorporated in this book.

Hira’s book is an attempt to bring these contributions together in a comprehensive, coherent and integral theoretical framework. Western Enlightenment has produced two such frameworks: Liberalism and Marxism. A comprehensive, coherent and integral theoretical framework has the following characteristics:

  1. It is comprehensive because it has produced concepts of how to look at the most important dimensions of a society: a world view, economics, social relations including relations with nature, politics and culture. There are other important aspects of a society, but these dimensions are essential to make a framework comprehensive.
  2. It is coherent because its concepts don’t contradict each other. They are consistent and logical.
  3. It is integral because the concepts of the different dimensions are not just lumped together but are related to each other from a basic concept. In Liberalism it is “individual freedom” and in Marxism “class struggle”. In decolonial theory it is mental slavery and decolonizing the mind.

Second, the book is a systematic guide to decolonize the mind. Decolonizing the mind consists of three dimensions:

  1. The critique of the Western colonization of the mind and thus Eurocentric knowledge production.
  2. The development of an alternative comprehensive, coherent and integral knowledge production.
  3. The translation of this new knowledge in viable policies to built a new pluriversal world civilization.

Third, the book appeals both to academics who can use the book as teaching material, but also to activists who are figuring out to build social movements that go beyond the dichotomy of Liberalism and Marxism.

Fourth, the book is part of a greater vision of how produce and transfer decolonial knowledge. It is not only about producing and distributing a book. It is also about linking theoretical concepts with art. An example is the musical documentary produced by Pravini: The Uprising.

And most importantly, the book is the basis for producing decolonial knowledge in the for of sources, summer school, workshops etc.

Book specifications

  • Publication date: January 15, 2023
  • Price: € 35,00
  • ISBN: 978-90-74897-47-1
  • Format: A5 (148×210 mm)
  • Pages: 600



  1. Introduction
  2. The background of the rise of the decolonial movement and theory
  3. Two Eurocentric philosophies of liberation
  4. Mental slavery and the colonization of the mind
  5. Epistemology: The manipulation of the mind through knowledge production
  6. A decolonial theory of racism
  7. Decolonizing mathematics and natural sciences
  8. Decolonizing world history
  9. Decolonizing economic theory
  10. Decolonizing social theory
  11. Decolonizing cultural theory
  12. Decolonizing political theory
  13. Imagining a new world civilization

National Call for Decolonial Research in Venezuela

On August 10th, the Minister of Science and Technology of Venezuela, Gabriela Jimenez, launched a national call for projects on reparations for the afrodescendent people of Venezuela. The lines of research were the collective product of a workshop held during the Second International Seminar on Reparations for Slavery and Colonization organized by the Simón Bolívar Institute for Peace and Solidarity Amongst the Peoples (ISB) and the Center for the Study of Social Transformations of the Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research (CETS-IVIC). The lectures are on YouTube.

Sandew Hira, secretary of the DIN Foundation gave two lectures. This is his first lecture and this is the second one.

The call is only for people living in Venezuela.

The proposals submitted to this call should focus on one or some of the following lines of research:

  1. Pluri-intercultural decolonizing education and insurgent stories from Our America, from the Afro-descendant liberating perspective.
  2. Social construction of Afro-Latin American identities and coloniality of power, knowledge and being.
  3. National identities, historical awareness and racism.
  4. Cultural and psychosocial devices that legitimize the enslavement and colonization of Afro-Latin American peoples.
  5. Afro-descendant intercultural health.
  6. Gender and women: reproduction and communal production of Afro-descendant peoples.
  7. Afrodiasporic epistemologies for the deconstruction of patriarchy and the relations of domination.
  8. Territorial reparations of the Afro-descendant peoples: land, territory, territoriality, cumbe-commune and emblematic case studies in Venezuela.
  9. Socio-environmental and bioregional reparations of the patterns and systems of colonial domination of socio-territorial organization.
  10. Reparative justice for violence and racial discrimination in access to justice and State racism from an intersectional approach with focal subjects (girls, boys, adolescents, masculinities and femininities).
  11. Afro-diasporic reparative justice in national and international legislative frameworks based on the approach of Afro-descendant own law of legal pluralism as part of the Sixth Region.
  12. Afro-diversity, Afro-descendant identities and self-recognition.
  13. Reparations regarding manifestations and collective practices of the spiritualities, memories and epistemes of the African diaspora and of their descendants.
  14. Deconstruction of the colonial aesthetics and ethics of gender and of the imaginaries and sociocultural representations of beauty.
  15. Afropolitics and afroutopias: constitutional recognition and constituent processes.
  16. Reparations and sovereignty in matters of the right to intercultural, collective, physical and mental health of Afro-descendants based on the “well living” concept.
  17. Reparation in terms of socio-productive systems, landscapes and food sovereignty of Afro-descendants.
  18. Rights and implementation of communication policies to achieve the reparations for the crimes of slavery and colonization.
  19. Reparations of the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of Afro-descendants and their representations and imaginaries.


Indigenous Liberation Day Netherlands

Date: 12th of October, 2022
Location: Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam

On October 12 Aralez in the Netherlands organize a day full of activities including; a solidarity march, Mapu commemoration and solidarity ceremony, a 1492 people’s tribunal, cultural performances and panels. Together we commemorate the day Columbus invaded Abya Yala (the American continent) in 1492. A date that marks the symbolic beginning of European colonialism. A process that has institutionalised genocide and ecocide worldwide. As a result, the right to self-determination, identity and culture of Indigenous People’s is still under pressure. Indigenous land defenders are displaced and killed; rivers and environment polluted; and land expropriated for the profit of large multinationals. The result is the current climate crisis. Therefore, it is time for reparatory justice and decolonisation! This festival offers a platform to critical perspectives on the climate crisis, healing, cultural values, and solidarity.
More information about speakers and program will follow soon.

Arts of Resistance Festival: cultures against imperialism

Colonialism is not history. To this day, vast amounts of resources and labour-power are transferred each year from the Global South to the Global North. Governments are overthrown, workers exploited and ecosystems destroyed by Western multinational corporations. Throughout history there has been a rich tradition of anti-imperialist resistance in cultural and art movements.” From mass cultural organizations in Indonesia such as Lekra, to revolutionary artists working on Global South unity in Cuba. This festival will honour anti-imperialist resistance art, then and now. Ranging from conscious hip-hop to the art of drawing, from film and panelists to dance and afrobeat, we have a line-up full of organizers and artists that will bring anti-imperialist resistance alive in Amsterdam.


Date: August 27th, 2022

Time: 8 PM-3 AM

Location: Melkweg, Amsterdam


Lectures on reparations by Sandew Hira

On April 22, 2022 Sandew Hira, secretary of the DIN Foundation, gave a lecture at an event of the Simon Bolivar Institute in Venezuela on reparations. In the lecture Hira goes into the struggle for reparations from 11 different traditions. You can download the powerpoint presentation here.

On May 12, 2022, he gave another lecture at the institute about different methods of calculating reparations. You can download the powerpoint presentation here.

Support for Dr Munyaradzi Mushonga appointment as global academic director of DIN

Recently Dr Munyaradzi Mushonga has been appointed by the board of DIN Foundation as the global academic director of DIN. He works at the Centre for Gender and Africa Studies (CGAS) at the University of the Free State (UFS). An article on the website of UFS expains that Dr Mushonga’s tenure at DIN will reinforce the commitment to decolonial education made by the UFS. Read the article here.

Dr. Munyaradzi Mushonga appointed as the Global Academic Director of DIN

After long discussion between Dr. Munyaradzi Mushonga and Sandew Hira, secretary of the DIN Foundation, the board of the DIN Foundation has appointed Dr. Mushonga as the Global Academic Director of DIN. He is born in 1965 in Zimbabwe. He taught history at the University of Zimbabwe from 1992-2004; history, environmental history, and culture and heritage studies at the National University of Lesotho from 2004-2019; and is now employed at the University of the Free State in South Africa since 2019, where he is the Programme Director for Africa Studies, in the Centre for Gender and Africa Studies (CGAS), teaching an array of courses in gender studies and Africa studies, with strong bias towards decoloniality.

Almost 30 years after the fall of Apartheid in South Africa the country has still to find its way in improving the living standards of the masses and transforming the old society in a new one. The Rhodes Must Fall movement and other movements which came along with it put an enormous pressure on the Government of South Africa to do something of decolonization. The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) has demanded from each and every university that they present their policy on how to deal with decolonizing the university. A university is also judged on their relevance for society. They have to connect with communities outside the academia. In South Africa – and the black communities in general – the focus on decolonial theory is on Decolonizing The Mind. This goes back to the traditions of Marcus Garvey. It is encouraging to note that Government of South Africa has also taken the decolonization trajectory to schools by demanding the “the teaching and promotion of African languages, South African and African history and national symbols to all learners up to Grade 12”.

The University of the Free State, where Dr. Mushonga is working, has its roots in Apartheid South Africa. Today it wants to shed any association with its Apartheid past, and its commitment to the decolonial project is a marvel. UFS wants to connect to social groups and has the ambition to become an international player in the academia, and Prof. Francis Petersen, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of UFS, is a key player in the university’s academic and engaged scholarship trajectories, including the decolonial project.

In the past years DIN has developed an extensive network across the globe with academics who in one way or another contacted DIN. But these were on an individual basis and not institutional.

DIN is also involved in discussions on decolonizing different disciplines. Building on the work of C.K. Raju Sandew Hira gave a lecture on May 7, 2022 for the Mathematics and Science Education of Kwazulu Natal University on decolonizing mathematics. The lecture is based on the chapter on mathematics in his forthcoming book title Decolonizing The Mind.

DIN is involved on discussions with activists and lawyers on how to use the judicial system for the promotion of social struggle and is working with different organizations in organizing an international conference in 2023 on this topic. The relation between DIN and the academia is of the utmost importance.

DIN needs someone in the academia who has a formal position in the university and is able to convince the university to engage in a formal conversation with the DIN Foundation in creating a Global Center for Decolonizing The Mind that develops and executes concrete projects on the field of research, education and mobilization.


The tasks of the Global Academic Director are:

  1. Get the university where (s)he works into a formal conversation with the DIN Foundation about setting up a Global Center for Decolonizing The Mind that should result in a Memorandum Of Understanding.
  2. Develop DTM projects in the field of research, education and mobilization and attract funding for these projects.
  3. Develop local chapter of academic directors of DIN that are affiliated to the Global Center and operates on a project basis.
  4. Report on a monthly basis via the DIN Newsletter on the progress of the work.
  5. Working in close cooperation with the secretary of DIN.


The Global Academic Director will formally start per January 1, 2023. The coming period will be used to prepare the launch of his work. His email is

Resources on the war in Ukraine

The western media is bombarding people with pro-Nato information about the war in Ukraine. Here are some resources that provide another view of the war.

Is Russia Changing Its Strategy? Richard Medhurst and Scott Ritter

Richard Medhurst runs a YouTube channels with many very informative video’s. Scott Ritter is a former US Marine Corps intelligence officer who provides in-depth military analysis of the war in the Ukraine in this video.

Richard Medhurst explain what the effect is of the Russian demand to have their gas paid in Rubles and how Europe shoots itself in its feet with the economic boycott.

David Goldman explains how the economic boycott of Russia leads the cracks within the Western financial system.

Alastair Crooke goes into the geopolitical implications of the war in Ukraine.

Brazilian journalist Pepe Escobar provides an analysis of the role the  nazi’s in Ukraine in the video and article.

In 2015 US polical scientis John Mearsheimer held a lecture in which he explains how a war in Ukraine would be a strategic mistake by NATO. A year earlier he had developed this thesis in this artcicle: