Leaders of the Green Party of the United States have congratulated Alexander Van der Bellen, the former leader of the Green Party in Austria, on his election as president. Van der Bellen ran as an independent candidate with Green Party support and financial backing.
GPUS Co-Chair Bahram Zandi, who also co-chairs the party’s International Committee, said, “Alexander Van der Bellen’s victory is inspiring for Greens everywhere and for all those who care about the environment, democracy, and justice. We’re especially pleased to see that he defeated a right-wing anti-immigrant extremist in a close race.”
U.S. Greens encouraged Mr. Van der Bellen to continue opposing dangerous trade pacts like the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and to fight for the rights of working people and against austerity and NATO belligerence.
The Green Party is calling for “an expanded U.S. role in offering aid and new homes for Middle Eastern refugees and an end to interventionist ‘regime change’ policies that continue to provoke violent conflict and displacement of civilians,” the party said in a statement Thursday.
Green Party national co-chair Bahram Zandi said, “The crisis of displacement has been caused in large measure by U.S. policies in the Middle East, north Africa, and western Asia. When the U.S. invaded Afghanistan and Iraq in the last decade and ousted Qaddafi in Libya in 2011, the result was an era of regional instability and violence in countries between Pakistan and Nigeria. Greens warned that this would happen and opposed all of these actions.”
The Green Party is calling on the U.S. to end policies of military intervention and regime change, commit to providing humanitarian aid, and lead an international summit on Syrian refugee relief.
From Green Party US:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Green Party leaders said that provocation and aggressive posturing by the U.S. against Iran, Venezuela, and Russia should be understood as dangerous attempts to assert U.S. political and economic hegemony abroad while maintaining a domestic wartime economy.
Many Greens are participating in “Spring Rising,” March 18-21, four days of anti-war and pro-peace events in Washington, D.C., that will mark the twelve-year point since the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq (http://SpringRising.org).
Greens said that a military confrontation between the U.S. and any one of these countries could trigger a wider, more destructive, and possibly global conflict. Party leaders noted that the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are responsible for one third of the national debt, as well as 700,000 wounded U.S. veterans and mass civilian casualties in both countries. Continue Reading