Talk Nation Radio: Ellen Schrecker on McCarthyism Then and Now

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Ellen Schrecker is a retired professor of American history at Yeshiva University and a leading authority on McCarthyism. Her books include Many Are the Crimes: McCarthyism in America and No Ivory Tower: McCarthyism in the Universities. We discuss the history of McCarthyism and its current manifestations.

See: https://www.ellenschrecker.com

Total run time: 29:00

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Remembering Past Wars . . . and Preventing the Next — NYC Event April 3

Remembering Past Wars . . . and Preventing the Next

An event to mark 100 years since the United States entered World War I, and 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr. made his famous speech against war. A new movement to end all war is growing.

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April 3rd, 2017, at NYU
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Vanderbilt Hall Rm 210
NYU School of Law
40 Washington Sq. S.

Speakers:

Joanne Sheehan, Coordinator of War Resisters League New England, former Chair of War Resisters’ International, and co-editor of Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns.

Glen Ford, activist, journalist, radio host, executive editor of the Black Agenda Report.

Alice Slater, New York Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, member of the Global Council of Abolition 2000, member of the Coordinating Committee of World Beyond War.

Deborah Karpatkin, Co-General Counsel to the New York Civil Liberties Union, member of the NYC Bar Association, serving on its Military Affairs and Sex and Law Committees.

David Swanson, director of World Beyond War, author of books including War Is A Lie and When the World Outlawed War.

Maria Santelli, executive director of Center on Conscience and War, founding director of the New Mexico GI Rights Hotline.

Sponsored by World Beyond War, and Center on Conscience and War, with thanks to NYU.

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Website: http://worldbeyondwar.org/100NY

War Abolition 101: How We Create a Peaceful World

Register for Online Course: How to Get to a World Beyond War

Sign up here.

How can we make the best argument for shifting from war to peace? How can we become more effective advocates and activists for ending particular wars, ending all wars, pursuing disarmament, and creating systems that maintain peace? Here’s a chance to learn from World Beyond War experts as part of a study group and to do so at your own schedule.

The course will be taught April 10 to June 5, 2017. Prior to the start date, you will be sent a link to a new website and means to access the course. Each week, an instructor will provide text and video, and interact with participants in a chat room. Each week, an instructor will assign an optional written assignment, and will return the assignment to the student with detailed feedback. Submissions and feedback can be shared with everyone taking the course or kept private between a student and the instructor, at the student’s choice.

The cost of the course is the same for someone completing all, some, or none of the assignments.

A certificate will be provided to those who complete all assignments.

Sign up here.

Course Outline and Instructors:

April 10 War can be ended — David Swanson

April 17 War is immoral — Bob Fantina

April 24 War destroys freedom — Barry Sweeney

May 1 War destroys nature — Leah Bolger

May 8 War endangers — Mary Dean

May 15 War impoverishes and wastes — Brian Terrell

May 22 There are alternatives to war / What is an Alternative Global Security System? — Tony Jenkins

May 29 War Will Not Go Away Unless We Make It / How to organize for Peace & Justice — David Swanson and Mary Dean

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Vermont Event: Building A World Beyond War: What Will It Take?

Building A World Beyond War: What Will It Take?

Sponsored by Vermont Stands for a World Beyond War Coalition

Funded by a Mercy Peace Initiative Grant

Speakers will include: David Swanson, Pat Hynes

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

9 AM to 4 PM
Winooski School District
60 Normand Street
Winooski, VT 05404

Cambridge event: U.S. Never-Ending War in the Time of Trump and How to Stop It

When: Thursday, April 13, 2017, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Friends Meeting House • 5 Longfellow Park • Cambridge, MA 02138

Presentation by David Swanson followed by discussion and book signing.

David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson's books include War Is A Lie. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a 2015, 2016, 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.

(Suggested donation $5.00)

Sponsor:  United for Justice with Peace

info@justicewithpeace.org    justicewithpeace.org

Let's De-Weaponize Space and Earth

An important conference and protest are being planned for Huntsville, Alabama, April 7-9.

The events are called "Pivot Toward War: U.S. Missile Defense and the Weaponization of Space," and are the work of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space.

World Beyond War is helping to sponsor the conference. At least four of our coordinating committee members plan to be there, and our director will be MCing one of the plenaries. We'll have a table of materials there.

To learn more, go to:
http://space4peace.org/actions/gnconf_2017.htm

To register, download the flyer that's on that page.

If you decide to attend and are willing to help World Beyond War with our table, please reply to this email. Thanks!

Remembering Past Wars . . . and Preventing the Next

An event to mark 100 years since the United States entered World War I, and 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr. made his famous speech against war. A new movement to end all war is growing.

April 4, 2017, 6-8 p.m. Busboys and Poets, 5th and K Streets NW, Washington, D.C.

Speakers:
Michael Kazin, professor of history at Georgetown University, author of War Against War: The American Fight for Peace 1914-1918.

Eugene Puryear, journalist, activist, radio host, and author of Shackled and Chained: Mass Incarceration in Capitalist America.

Medea Benjamin, cofounder of CODEPINK, author of books including Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection.

David Swanson, director of World Beyond War, author of books including War Is A Lie and When the World Outlawed War.

Maria Santelli, executive director of Center on Conscience and War, founding director of the New Mexico GI Rights Hotline.

Jarrod Grammel, conscientious objector.

Nolan Fontaine, conscientious objector.

Reiner Braun, peace activist based in Germany, co-president International Peace Bureau, Executive Director of the Germany office of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms.

Sponsored by World Beyond War, and Center on Conscience and War, with thanks to Busboys and Poets.

Facebook event sign up.

Flyer PDF.

Website: http://worldbeyondwar.org/100DC

Tomgram: John Feffer, Next Stop: The Deconstruction Zone

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Charlottesville to vote on resolution urging Congress to fund human and environmental needs, not more militarism

On Monday, March 20, 2017, please attend the 7 p.m. Charlottesville City Council Meeting (at City Hall, 605 E. Main Street, on the Downtown Mall near the pavillion). On the agenda is a vote on a resolution to urge Congress to fund human and environmental needs, not more militarism. If you'd like to speak for 3 minutes in support of this resolution, sign up here: http://bit.ly/cvillespeech

To let all City Council Members know you support the resolution, email council@charlottesville.org

Bring your voices to be heard.
Bring your signs to be seen.
Bring your hands to clap.
Join us to speak.
Join us to listen.
And, join us to celebrate.

Endorsed by Charlottesville Veterans For Peace, Charlottesville Amnesty International, World Beyond War, Just World Books, Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice, the Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club, Candidate for Commonwealth's Attorney Jeff Fogel, Charlottesville Democratic Socialists of America, Indivisible Charlottesville, heARTful Action, Together Cville.

Ask more organizations of all kinds to endorse by emailing david [AT] davidswanson.org.

Focus: Syria - Mar 11, 2017


The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces say they are confident to capture Islamic State capital Raqqa: "We have enough forces to liberate Raqqa with the help of the coalition." Is this a true assessment or an overstatement? Raqqa is inhabited by Arabs and is not part of Syrian Kurdistan. An effective and winning strategy leads to the conclusion that Raqqa should be liberated by Arab forces. The Syrian Democratic Forces, which are led by the Kurdish YPG and include also an Arab component named Syrian Arab Coalition, to date lack adequate equipment and training and may not be strong enough to defeat the Islamic State even with the support of US airstrikes. Relying on them in the liberation of Raqqa may result in a long-protracted war with heavy casualties and uncertain conclusion. There is the risk that US troops, now in ‘advisory’ role, will get involved in direct combat operations to make up for the deficiencies of the Syrian Democratic Forces and set up a chain of unforeseeable events with disastrous consequences. Erdogan’s Turkey, which vehemently opposes any role by the Kurds in the liberation of Raqqa, will obstruct their intervention by any means. Assad, who says that capturing Raqqa is a priority of the Syrian Army, will oppose a US-backed and Kurdish-led offensive without coordination with his government. On this Russia will side with Assad. The Syrian Democratic Forces cannot be the leader in the Raqqa offensive but a participant in auxiliary roles. The US should welcome the Assad pledge to liberate Raqqa and coordinate with Russia the military operations. The benefits for US will be to win the war against the Islamic State in Syria, save lives and money.


Backed by US troops, SDF confident can capture IS 'capital’ Raqqa - WTOP


US-backed SDF captures 40 km of land between Deir Ezzor and Raqqa - almasdarnews.com


Syrian Kurdish-led forces capture strategic Menxer hill near Raqqa - ekurd


VIDEO: Syrian Democratic Forces release 40 captured Turkey-backed rebels to relieve tensions between warring parties - almasdarnews.com


Hundreds of ISIS fighters pour into Raqqa as Kurdish forces advance - almasdarnews.com


300 families of IS fighters flee Syria's Raqqa - gulf-times.com


Spokesperson: Coalition will support SDF to cut off IS routes in Raqqa - kurdistan24.net


U.S. says Kurdish YPG group of Syrian Kurdistan not terrorist - ekurd


US prepares surprise assault on Raqqa by Ranger Regiment: Reports - southfront.org

 

Russia, US discuss communications channel on Syria: Pentagon - TASS


U.S. split over plan to take Raqqa from Islamic State - WSJ


Three-way contest for Raqqa to shape Mideast - WSJ


Dem introduces bill to block Trump administration from funding U.S. troops in Syria - breitbart.com


Turkey kills 71 US-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria: Army - kurdistan24.net


Turkish FM: Turkey will hit PYD/PKK in Syria's Manbij if they stay - yenisafak.com


Turkey plans to build new town near Syrian Al-Bab - southfront.org


Syrian rebels want Astana meeting delayed to assess ceasefire - Reuters


Agenda of Geneva talks on Syria set for March 23 : 1. Counter-Terrorism 2. New Constitution 3. Elections 4. Governance 5. Reconstruction - Dr Shahid on Twitter

 

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Assad calls U.S. forces 'invaders', but still hopeful on Trump - Reuters


Assad says priority is capturing IS capital Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor, Syrian army girds for final showdown with Daesh - Sputnik


Assad opens doors for China to restore Syria ‘in every sector with no exception' - Sputnik


VIDEO: Assad interview - Phoenix Chinese Channel


TRANSCRIPT: Assad interview to Chinese Phoenix TV - Syrian Arab News Agency


Military expert: Syrian army to besiege Raqqa from West - farsnews.com


Army destroys ISIS gatherings and boats in Deir Ezzor – Syrian Arab News Agency


Army destroys tank and fuel tanker for ISIS in Deir Ezzor, targets ISIS and al-Nusra in Homs – Syrian Arab News Agency


Syrian Govt restored pumping stations feeding Aleppo city with water supplies - southfront.org


Army unit seized Turkish truck loaded with weapons and ammo bound for ISIS terrorists in Hama – Syrian Arab News Agency

 

Syrian government urges U.N. to make Turkey withdraw from Syria - Reuters


Damascus bombings near Shite pilgrimage sites kill dozens - The New York Times


Syria demands UN condemnation of terrorist attacks in Damascus – Syrian Arab News Agency


Israel concerned by reported pending deal between Iran and Assad regime that would see Islamic Republic build military base at Mediterranean port of Latakia - Algemeiner.com


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New poem by TCBH! poet Gary Lindorff: The life expectancy of a homeless person is 50 years

A crow will never peck out the eyes of another crow.

Perhaps that is why they live longer than men.

(Paraphrase from a poem by Shukrulla.)

Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, Surging to Failure

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Focus: Syria - Mar 8, 2017


Marines have arrived in Syria to fire artillery in the fight for Raqqa - The Washington Post


US weighs deploying up to 1,000 'reserve' troops to Kuwait for IS fight - CNBC


US expanding Kobani airport runway to receive large transport aircraft - southfront.org


With a show of stars and stripes, U.S. forces in Syria try to keep Turkish and Kurdish warring allies apart - The Washington Post


VIDEO: US troops on the ground in Syria - Canoe Video


Islamic State losing territory but still determined to fight, an estimated 3,000 to 4,000 fighters remain in Raqqa: U.S. military says - New York Times


ISIS on trajectory toward lasting defeat, defense official says - U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE


IS leaders reportedly fleeing Syrian de facto capital Raqqa to the nearby province of Deir Ezzor, local sources say - VOA


Iraq to continue striking Islamic State targets in Syria, Abadi says - Reuters


U.S. appears to root for Kurdish support in Raqqa push: Turkish sources - Reuters


Turkey shuts down US aid group Mercy Corps as relations with Washington deteriorate - Fox News


Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) sends aid to civilians in Syrian town Al Bab - aa.com


Turkey Applies political pressure by cutting off water to Syria - Sputnik


Turkey pushes Syria safe zones again, wants the issue on the agenda at the next round of U.N.-led peace talks in Geneva scheduled for later this month - VOA


Kurdish-led forces clash with Turkish military in Efrin canton - almasdarnews.com


Fight IS, start 'revolution': Why foreigners join Syria Kurds - AFP


UN envoy says next round of Syrian talks to start March 23 - therepublic.com


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Syrian Army liberates more territory in east Aleppo pushing towards Raqqa - almasdarnews.com


+20 villages liberated as the Syrian Army seizes ISIS pocket in stunning Aleppo offensive - almasdarnews.com


Syrian army captures water station supplying Aleppo from Islamic State - Reuters

 

Syrian Army reaches Lake Assad for the first time since 2012 amid humiliating ISIS defeat - almasdarnews.com


VIDEO (Arabic): Syrian Army Tiger Forces liberates Khafseh & reaches Euphrates river - YouTube


Syrian Army advances on Jihar military airbase - southfront.org


Syrian Army captures areas outside Kashish military airport East of Aleppo - Sputnik


Syrian Army amassing soldiers in northwest Aleppo for new offensive - almasdarnews.com


PHOTOS: Another amazing day for the Syrian Army as ISIS faces full annihilation in rural Aleppo - almasdarnews.com


VIDEO: Russian Special Forces engage terrorists in Latakia and Aleppo - almasdarnews.com


Syrian Army breaks through ISIS defense line in Hama - southfront.org


Syrian Army pushes militants out of Daraa city districts - Sputnik


Syrian special forces trained by Russian military advisers ready to fight against ISIS in Homs - southfront.org


PHOTOS: Syrian Army captures underground insurgent HQ in eastern Damascus - almasdarnews.com


MAP: Extrapolation of the population in Syria under control of each war faction: Government 71%, Syrian Democratic Forces 13%, Rebels 9%, ISIS 7% - Syrian Civil War Map on Twitter


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Uh-Oh, there goes the Democrats’ 'Russia Did It' campaign: WikiLeaks’ Latest CIA Data Dump Undermines Case Against Russia Electi

By Dave Lindorff

 

The so-called Deep State and Democratic Party campaign to demonize Russia for allegedly "hacking the US election," and delivering the country into the hands of Donald Trump suffered a huge and probably mortal blow this week with the release by WikiLeaks of over 7000 secret CIA documents disclosing secret CIA hacking technologies.

Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, War Without End

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Sit-in at Customs and Border Patrol HQ, Act of Resistance to Trump’s Travel Ban Targeting Muslims

WASHINGTON -- A group of concerned citizens and George Washington University students will be engaging in a sit-in on the ground floor of the Customs and Border Patrol Headquarters this morning, calling on officials to ignore President Trump’s latest controversial and bigoted executive order targeting Muslims and immigrant communities. Several participants are willing to risk arrest.

 

As a group in solidarity with many other organizations and individuals, “Each Other” is committed to calling out the racist, anti-immigrant policies of this administration. The group plans on visiting these offices again as well as Immigration and Customs Enforcement Offices in the DC area. In so doing, the group also hopes to make contact with officials and agents in these offices to personally urge responsible parties to resist and oppose Trump's mandates against immigrants, Muslims and any other group targeted for religion, race or country of origin.

 

Each Other will be acting in conjunction with DC Justice for Muslims who will be holding a rally simultaneously outside the Reagan building, which houses CBP.


“We want to appeal to the people working at CBP and ICE not to follow these incredibly prejudiced and frankly unlawful executive orders,” said Alison Schwartz of Each Other. “It is the rich ethnic and religious diversity which gives our nation its beauty, strength, and advancement.”


When: 8:00AM, Thursday March 2, 2017

Where: 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC (14th Street Entrance)

Why: Citizen outrage to the president’s revised Muslim Travel Ban

Charlottesville to Vote on Opposing Trump Budget

We Did It! Now's Our Chance!

Everybody out to oppose war at the next meeting!

At the March 6, 2017, meeting of the Charlottesville City Council, (video here) three members of the council proposed to put on the agenda for a future meeting a vote on a resolution opposing the increased military spending proposed by President Donald Trump. If even just those three (Kristin Szakos, Wes Bellamy, and Bob Fenwick) vote in support of the resolution it will pass. The views of the other two City Council Members (Mike Signer and Kathy Galvin) are unknown.

We are currently assuming, and will confirm as soon as possible, that the vote on the resolution will come at the March 20th, 7 p.m., meeting. We need to be there in large numbers!

We also need to sign up in large numbers ahead of time for 3-minute speaking slots. Please do that here: http://bit.ly/cvillespeech (Of fifteen slots, ten go to online sign-ups, five to early arrivals in person.)

Thus far, these organizations have endorsed the resolution: Charlottesville Veterans For Peace, Charlottesville Amnesty International, World Beyond War, Just World Books, Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice, the Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club, Candidate for Commonwealth's Attorney Jeff Fogel, Charlottesville Democratic Socialists of America, Indivisible Charlottesville, heARTful Action, Together Cville,

We need to reach out to other organizations and ask them to sign on. We'll add them here: http://bit.ly/cvilleresolution

Focus: Syria - Mar 6, 2017


U.S. military deploys forces in Syria's Manbij to be a 'visible sign of deterrence and reassurance' - Reuters


The 75th Ranger Regiment hits the ground in Syria to participate in the war against ISIS - SOFREP


VIDEO: US troops spotted in armored convoy near Manbij, Syria - RT News


Syrian militia says Manbij under protection of U.S.-led alliance - Reuters


US and Russian troops patrol neighboring villages in Syria - Telegraph


Russian and US forces reach common ground in Syria, troops from both countries patrol the same Syrian town in close co-operation - The Times


U.S. base near Manbij appears to house military transport aircraft CH-4 Chinook in addition to transfer helicopters V-22 Osprey and assault aircraft AH-64 Apache - almasdarnews.com


US-led coalition carries out 2 strikes against Daesh near Manbij - Sputnik


Plans to boost Roj Peshmerga troops to 10,000, commander says US gave the green light for the Roj troops to enter Kurdish territories in Syria - Rudaw

 

Scores of Kurds killed, two villages captured by Turkish-back forces west of Manbij (PHOTOS) - almasdarnews.com


Turkey says to step back from striking Syria's Manbij unless it is in cooperation with Russia and the United States - AFP


Ankara content with Syrian regime presence in Manbij if PYD withdraws - Daily Sabah


Defence Minister Işık: Turkey will prevent unification of PYD cantons at all costs - Daily Sabah


Next rounds of Syria talks to be held in mid-March in Astana - Kurdpress News Aganecy


EU to host Syria conference on Apr 5 with UN: Mogherini - Channel NewsAsia


Moscow wants to include PYD Kurds in next Geneva talks - ARA News


Benjamin Netanyahu to urge Russia to say 'nyet' to Iranian ops in Syria near Israel border - Jerusalem Post

 

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Kurdish forces begin to hand over 20 villages to the Syrian Army in rural Aleppo, all located between Al-Bab and Manbij - almasdarnews.com


Manbij Military Council denies handing over Manbij city to Assad - ARA News


Government troops gain more ground liberating villages in Aleppo and isolating ISIS stronghold of Dier Hafer - southfront.org


ISIS continues rapid decline in rural Aleppo as Syrian Army liberates two new towns - almasdarnews.com


Syrian Army liberates Jazal gas fields in northern Palmyra - almasdarnews.com


ISIL faces expulsion from east Aleppo: the Syrian Army has liberated more than 100 villages since mid-January - almasdarnews.com

 

PHOTOS: Lots of T-90 main battle tanks supplied by Russia to Syrian Army - southfront.org


Five more Syrian Army soldiers captured by Turkish forces in Aleppo province (PHOTOS) - almasdarnews.com


Turkey to allow family of Syrian pilot who crashed to visit him: PM - Reuters


US-backed Syrian forces cut key road linking Raqqa, Deir Ezzor - VOA


Syrian Kurds to make deal with Damascus: representative - Kurdpress News Aganecy


Battle for Manbij shows Syria’s civil war is almost over – and it looks like Bashar Assad has won - The Independent


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Tomgram: William Hartung, The Generals vs. the Ideologues or the Generals and the Ideologues?

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Stop Government Repression Against Anti-Fascists in Odessa!

ACTION ALERT from the ODESSA SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN:

Stop Government Repression Against Anti-Fascists in Odessa!

Free Alexander Kushnarev!

It’s been nearly three years since the brutal massacre of 46 mostly young progressives by a neo-Nazi-led mob in the Ukrainian city of Odessa. Government repression and right-wing attacks against Odessans demanding justice for that atrocity have been constant, but now have entered a new and much more dangerous stage.

On Feb. 23, Alexander Kushnarev, the father of one of the young people murdered on May 2, 2014, was arrested by agents of the federal Security Service of Ukraine (SBU). Oleg Zhuchenko, chief prosecutor for the Odessan region, claims Kushnarev had been planning to kidnap and torture a member of the country’s Rada, or parliament.

The Sessions stench: Trump AG Jeff Sessions is Trapped in the Malodorous Maelstrom of an ‘Alabama Hurricane’

By Linn Washington, Jr.

 

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the target of demands for resignation due to his triggering yet another Trump Administration scandal related to lying under oath in the Senate about contacts with Russian officials, finds himself in an ‘Alabama Hurricane’ of his own making.

Focus: Syria - Mar 4, 2017


Pentagon: Russian and Syrian regime convoys enter northern Syria city Manbij, they have some armored equipment with them - AFP


Pentagon: US operations in Syria unaffected as Russia moves convoys to Manbij - Sputnik


Pentagon was not aware of Manbij deal between SDF and Assad regime, US official says - Daily Sabah


US-led coalition sends troops to Manbij to 'deter aggression and keep focus on defeating ISIS': spokesperson - Rudaw


PHOTO: More US SOFs deployed to north of Manbij by the Sajur river to prevent Turkish/jihadi attacks on SDF - Gilgo on Twitter

 

VIDEO: Manbij Military Council set up new base with ‘international coalition’ help - YouTube


US commander says Syrian Arab Coalition is now majority group within SDF - Rudaw


PYD proxy won’t need U.S. State Department permission to open a Washington office: diplomatic sources - Daily Sabah


US Air Force aided Syrian Army, Russian military liberate Palmyra - almasdarnews.com


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Russian MOD General Staff chief Sergey Rudskoy confirms Syria regime takeover in YPG-held Manbij - Daily Sabah


VIDEO (English Subs): Syria briefing by Chief of MOD of Russian General Staff Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy - LiveLeak.com


Syrian Army and Kurdish coordination strengthens as food enters Manbij district - almasdarnews.com


Kurds hope corridor to Aleppo will ease economic blockade on Rojava - Rudaw


Kurdish YPG fighters repel Turkish attack near Syria's Afrin - ARA News


Turkey sends armored vehicles to northern Aleppo amid escalating tensions with Kurdish forces - almasdarnews.com


Walls, drones and mines: Turkey tightens border as Syria incursion deepens - Reuters


Syria's water cut off by Turkey - aina.org

 

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Syrian army takes more villages from militants in northwest Syria - Reuters


MAP: Once again huge SAA advances vs. ISIS in eastern Aleppo. Government forces are approaching lake Assad (approx. 16 km) - Peto Lucem on Twitter


Russia's General Staff reveals details of Palmyra operation: Russian aviation and Special Operations forces have made a considerable contribution - TASS


VIDEO: Syrian Army, Qud's forces conduct operations against terrorists in rural Aleppo - almasdarnews.com


Ahrar al-Sham: Syrian jet crashes near Turkey after attack by the group (VIDEO) - Middle East Eye


VIDEO: Four Syrian Army soldiers captured by Turkish-led forces in rural Aleppo - almasdarnews.com


Turkish-backed rebels capture two more Syrian soldiers near Al-Bab - almasdarnews.com


Al-Qaeda affiliate filmed using US anti-tank missiles in west Aleppo - almasdarnews.com


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Paving the way for a new progressive party?: Democratic Leaders are a Craven Bunch of Idiots Bent on Self-Destruction

By Dave Lindorff

 

The Democratic Party leadership, both in the Democratic National Committee and in Congress, is full of bad ideas these days, and they’re risking disaster because of it.

DRONE RESISTERS ACQUITTED!

Four drone resisters, James Ricks, Daniel Burns, Brian Hynes, and Ed Kinane, from the 2015 big books action were found innocent of all charges at 11pm at the Dewitt Town Court. After deliberating for only about a half hour, the jury returned with a verdict of not guilty on all charges. Applause erupted in the courtroom upon the jurors’ announcement of the verdict. The four were charged with obstruction of government administration, disorderly conduct, and trespass and faced a year in jail. Following the rendering of the verdict, a juror approached Brian Hynes and said “I really support what you are doing. Keep doing it.”

During the trial, Brian Hynes told the jury, “This is not a case about contested facts, this is a case about contested meanings.” Hynes went on to explain to the jury that they could, in the words of the 4th Circuit of Appeals, acquit for any reason which appeals to their logic or passion. In powerful testimony, James Ricks told the jury about meeting the families of drone victims and seeing the wreckage of hellfire missiles. Jurors were brought to tears several times. Daniel Burns said, “Would any of us deem it acceptable for our precious loved ones to be sacrificed for another nation’s anticipatory self defense. Of course not!  Moreover, if drones were being aimed at my children by another country, I would hope with all my might that the citizens of that country might try and stop their country’s illegal and immoral actions.” Ed Kinane told the jury in clear and powerful language about his time living in Iraq during the war and about the terror sown by drones. Closing arguments were given by lawyers Daire Irwin and Jonathon Wallace as well as James Ricks and Brian Hynes.

The trail resulted from an action on March 19, 2015. On the 12th anniversary of the U.S.’ illegal invasion of Iraq, seven members of the Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars shut the main gate of the Hancock Drone Base (near Syracuse, NY) with a giant copy of the UN Charter and three other giant books – Dirty Wars (Jeremy Scahill), Living Under Drones (NYU and Stanford Law Schools), and You Never Die Twice (Reprieve).

            The nonviolent activists also held a banner quoting Article 6 of the U.S. Constitution, stating that every treaty signed becomes the supreme law of the land. They brought the books to Hancock to remind everyone at the base of the signed treaties that prohibit the killing of civilians and assassinations of human beings. The group attempted yet again to deliver a citizens’ indictment for war crimes to the Hancock Air base chain of command.

Resisting Donald Trump's Violence Strategically

It is already clearly apparent, as many predicted, that Donald Trump's election as president of the United States would signal the start of what might be the final monumental assault on much of what is good in our world.

Whatever our collective gains to date to create a world in which peace, social justice and environmental sustainability ultimately prevail for all of Earth's inhabitants, we stand to lose it all in the catastrophic sequence of events that Trump is now initiating with those who share his delusional worldview.

Focus: Syria - Mar 2, 2017


Manbij is Turkey's next target in Syria, and the SDF must also not be in Raqqa: Erdoğan - Daily Sabah


'Turkey will hit PKK/PYD in Manbij unless it retreats’: Mevlut Cavusoglu - aa.com


Turkey sets up military bases in Syrian Cities of al-Bab, Azaz - Sputnik


Turkey deploys elite commando units in Syria - Daily Sabah


Concurrent attacks by Turkish army, affiliates and ISIS against SDF on Manbij - ANF


Manbij Military Council regains what it lost in the city’s countryside hours after losing it to Turkey backed forces - SOHR


MAP: Manbij: Turks & Ahrar al Sham attack from the West - whilst Daesh attacks from the South - Doloroso on Twitter


VIDEO: Turkish backed forces advances to Manbij - YouTube


Turkey may shut off İncirlik Air Base to US - yenisafak.com


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To counter Turkey, US-backed Kurdish forces agree to hand over key Manbij area to Syrian government in deal brokered by Russia - Middle East Eye


Statement (Arabic) from SDF saying they have handed over several towns to the Syrian army west of Manbij due to EuphratesShield attacks - Twitter


MAP: Kurdish-led SDF to handover huge section of Manbij territory to Syrian army - almasdarnews.com


Damascus looks to Syrian Kurds to counter Turkey - Middle East Online


Syrian Army liberates 10 villages in eastern Aleppo amid dash towards Euphrates River - almasdarnews.com


Syrian army announces recapture of Palmyra from Islamic State, with help from allied forces and Russian warplanes - Reuters


Hezbollah, Russia and the U.S. help Syria retake Palmyra - The Washington Post


Syrian opposition likens Palmyra battles to 'Tom and Jerry' show - Reuters


Russia and Syria say opposition trying to wreck peace talks - Reuters


At peace talks, Syria rebels urge Trump to correct Obama's 'catastrophic mistakes' - Reuters

 

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U.S.: Kurds will participate in some form in attack on Raqqa - The Washington Post


US arms Syrian Arab Coalition to combat ISIS in Raqqa - ARA News


Syrian Kurds receive US weapons, vehicles via Iraq - Kurdpress News Aganecy


US sets up military base in Syrian Manbij to ‘defend it from Turkish attack’: SDF officer - Sputnik


Standoff in Manbij as US troops face the Turkish Army across the battlefield (VIDEO) - almasdarnews.com


U.S. General says no evidence of YPG attacks from Northern Syria on Turkey - Reuters


Central Command tweets photos of Kurdish women fighting ISIS - Business Insider


Syrian opposition figure to deploy all-Arab force in Raqqa offensive alongside the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces - Reuters


U.S. commander downplays chance of big Iraq, Syria troop hike - Reuters


Russians strike U.S.-backed forces in Syria by mistake believing they were ISIS, general says - usatoday.com


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Our Causes Are Connected, Our Movements Should Be Too

Global corporations and international government alliances are pushing war, environmental destruction, economic exploitation, defunding of schools and housing, hateful divisive ideologies, and reductions in rights and liberties as a package wrapped in shiny foil, tied with a bow, and advertised in hundreds of different advertising media.

. . . and in this corner we have local and national organizations, segregated by race and other demographics, raising pitiable sums to fund nonprofit work, each to work against one or another particular item out of the package. Occasionally a movement will propose to take on two or three items at once but be shouted down with cries of “WHAT IS YOUR ONE DEMAND!?”

In my view, not only was Thomas Jefferson right to list all of King George’s wrongs, not only was Martin Luther King Jr. right to propose taking on militarism, racism, and extreme materialism all together, but the way to an effective movement — not just a larger movement, but a coherent movement with a vision for a better future — is to go multi-issue, big-tent, cross-border, and otherwise “intersectional.”

We’re facing environmental disaster. It might be mitigated by a massive investment in clean energy. The only possible source of the kind of money needed is in the institution that is currently doing the most environmental damage — so, taking its funding away serves a double purpose. I’m talking, of course, about the military, to which Trump’s budget would give over 60% of discretionary spending. For what? For “stealing their oil” and “killing their families.” Once you start opposing killing families, the remaining purpose for the military stands out as rather anti-environmental.

But that 60% of discretionary spending is also why the quality of life, life expectancy, health, and happiness of people in the United States doesn’t match up with its level of wealth. You’ve heard all about the wealth hoarded by the billionaires. It’s a drop in the bucket. Throwing the military $700 billion a year, year after year, explains not having free college, free clean energy, free fast trains, beautiful parks, wonderful arts, a basic income guarantee, and why the U.S. isn’t leading the world in actual foreign aid rather then begrudging it a stingy token. I don’t mean that we could choose one of these other things instead of military spending. I mean that we could choose all of them. I’d gladly give Donald Trump the leftover billions too just to shut up. Who cares? The world would be a wonderful place.

I usually don’t include healthcare in the list of things we could fund because we’re already over-funding it. We’re just funding a corrupt system of private insurance companies that wastes a lot of it. This corrupt system is the result of a corrupt system of government defended by increasingly militarized police cracking down on the use of the First Amendment. Failing to connect these issues leaves us fumbling in the dark. Refugees from U.S. wars are blamed for their suffering and then used as justification for more wars.

The wars are fueled by racism and in turn fuel greater racism and bigotry, which does its damage within the United States and at the locations of its wars and its bases around the world. Part of the bigotry fueled by war for centuries is sexism. Part of what keeps the wars going is perverse machismo. We should trace the roots of these fears, as many of those roots can be found in military spending to just the same extent that the lack of funds for teachers can.

Yet we try to address the erosion of civil liberties as though it stands alone. What would be the justification for spying on everyone, for example, if there were no enemies? It sounds fantastic, I suppose, but numerous nations that are not at war do not have enemies. The United States should try it sometime, if only for the novelty.

There is another serious result of putting our resources into wars, though, and that is the generation of so many enemies, so much hatred, such widespread hostility and resentment. There is, of course, a way to overcome the fear of terrorism, and that is to stop engaging in the terrorism that produces blowback.

There is no divide between foreign and domestic. There is no pro-war environmentalism, or crony capitalist human rights work, or racist peacemaking. If the absence of The One Single Demand troubles someone, give them the single demand that they go read a book.

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