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What Would it Take to Close Guantanamo NOW?

by Debra Sweet      What would it take?  We are wrangling over this.  A lot of people thought that to close Guantanamo it would take electing Barack Obama.  Our guest on World Can't Wait's national conference call this past Thursday evening,  Carlos Warner, said he thought that in 2008.  A federal public defender for Northeast Ohio, Carlos represents 13 men still detained there, which he has visited "at least 30 times." He describes his clients as "artists, poets, musicians, and some just regular guys who have had a very difficult life." These are the stories & voices we will bring to life this coming Friday in protests around the world.

#BringBackYourDrones Mr.Obama

By World Can't Wait        It would be hard to have missed Michelle Obama's photo with the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls, displaying sad eyes as she gave the pre-Mothers Day President's talk Saturday, assuring the public that the US would do everything it can to help rescue the hundreds of girls kidnapped by the Islamic fundamentalist group Boko Haram in Nigeria.  We hope this turns out like the New York Police Department's Twitter campaign recently, which asked for photos of people with #MyNYPD, and got barraged with photos of police brutality from Occupy protests, stop & frisk arrests and unjust murders by the NYPD.

World Can't Wait at the Left Forum

World Can't Wait is presenting four great panels at the Left Forum. We look forward to meeting you there.Left Forum 2014 will be at  John Jay College New Building, 524 West 59th St, NYC. Our panels will be on Saturday May 31st and Sunday June !st. Check them out below.

Vast Surveillance of Whole Populations: The NSA Revelations One Year Out   Session 2 on Saturday, May 31st from 12:00 pm - 1:50 pm in Room 1.85

Not Another Day in Guantanamo! Not Another Broken Promise!

On May 23rd of last year, President Obama again promised to close the detention facility at Guantanamo.  His pledge came in response to the mass hunger strike by men protesting their indefinite detention and to the renewed, global condemnation of the prison.  One year later, far too little has changed: few detained men have left the prison and hunger strikes and forced feeding continue.

Demonstrations will be taking place across the United States and the world to demand that President Obama and the US Congress end indefinite detention and close the detention facility at Guantanamo.

Sunrise Anti-Drone Protest At West Point

Meet us at the the United States Military Academy on May 28,2014  to protest when Obama speaks at the West Point commencement. We'll be on public roads at two West Point gates as cars enter the campus for the ceremony.  We will gather at 6:45 am near the Stoney Lonesome Gate of West Point just off Route 9W, one exit north of the exit leading to Highland Falls, NY, home of West Point.

We Demand An Accounting For War Crimes

Saturday May 10th a core of 15 anti-torture activists anchored the seventh annual protest of University of California accommodation and promotion of Boalt Hall 'Torture Professor' John Yoo. Defying the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility finding that professor Yoo and his boss,now federal district court judge Jay Bybee, were guilty of 'professional misconduct,' Berkeley Law administrators continue to harbor an unrepentant advocate for illegal policies deployed by the Bush regime.

Many graduates and their guests accepted and wore orange ribbons in support for repudiation of U.S. torture practice.

World Can't Wait applauds the potential of this new generation of lawyers and judges to prosecute the crimes of arbitrary detention, torture, and suppression of civil rights prescribed by John Yoo's 'Unitary Executive' theory (that "if the President does it, it's legal").

Professor Yoo not only supports U.S. targeted assassination policy; he complains that President Obamaisn't being hawkish enough in the War on Terror:

"Yoo's flippant attitude toward killing civilians is noteworthy in two ways. First - the obvious - 
is that it reveals a truly sick disregard for the killing of innocent human beings...
The second reason it is noteworthy is that Yoo argues trying to avoid killing civilians who are in the vicinity of enemy combatants doesn't apply 'to wartime operations.' Leave aside the legal reasoning for a moment and consider if Yoo would support the same standard in reverse."
 

A university that allows a war criminal to teach constitutional law under prejudice of 'academic freedom' is protecting war crimes.

 

Fire John Yoo... Close Guantanamo... Ground Killer Drones

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Outside Berkeley Law Graduation 2014. More Outside Berkeley Law Graduation 2014. Morephotos here; thanks Bindu!

Protest President Obama Speaking at West Point Commencement

Sunrise Anti-Drone-War Protest
 
Protesters are asked to gather at 6:45 am near the Stoney Lonesome Gate of West Point just off Route 9W, one exit north of the exit leading to Highland Falls, NY, home of West Point.

Obama: Humanity & the Planet Come First!

On May 14,2014 President Obama will be in New York City for a fundraiser at the home of a major financier of deals worth billions of dollars.  Let's be a visible presence saying no to the Keystone XL pipeline and all the other outrages against humanity and the planet.  Sponsors (list in formation): World Can't Wait, 350NYC, 350.org, Center for Biological Diversity, Sane Energy Project.

Meet on the corner of 79th St. and 5th Ave, Manhattan  NYC 10075

World Can't Wait at the Left Forum

World Can't Wait is presenting four great panels at the Left Forum. 

We look forward to meeting you there.

May 31-June 2014  -  John Jay College New Building - 524 W. 59th St. New York, NY

 

Panal 1 - Vast Surveillance of Whole Populations: The NSA Revelations One Year Out

Three Reports on the Rutgers May Teach-In on Condoleezza Rice

By Deanna Gorzynski, World Can't Wait volunteer

The palpable excitement and satisfaction of the Rutgers students success
with exiling war criminal Condoleezza Rice from their commencement
exercises didn’t take long for me to see. Hours before the teach-in I was
at a Staples making copies for World Can’t Wait posters, some 50 miles
north of Rutgers, and as I left a young employee ran up to me excitedly, “She’s
not speaking at Rutgers, we put an end to it!”

May 2014 War Criminal Appearances & Protests

Following is a list of Appearance & Protests against US War Criminals in May 2014. We encourage you to participate in any protests or plan a demonstration in your area.  Please let us know and we will help you publicize your event. Check out our websites (www.warcriminalswathch.org) to download ready-made leaflets and posters.

Prevent GW Bush from entering Canada

George W. Bush plans to come to Toronto May 12th, 2014 in defiance of the United Nations Committee against Torture report that Canada's duty to prosecute foreign nationals suspected of torture applies to everyone entering Canada however temporarily. He is being invited by the 2014 Spirit of Hope Benefit for the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies for "A Conversation with President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush at at the Metro Toronto-Cnvention Center.  Lawyers Against the War is calling for a stop to this illegality. CANADA HAS THE DUTY UNDER THE CONVENTION AGAINST TORTURE TO EITHER BAR BUSH FROM CANADA OR ARREST AND PROSECUTE HIM ON ARRIVAL.

Rutgers Teach-In in protest against honoring Condoleezza Rice

GREAT NEWS! CONDOLEEZEE RICE WITHDREW FROM MAKING THE RUTGERS COMMENCEMENT SPEECH. A VICTORY FOR THE STUDENTS & TEACHERS OF RUTGERS. We assume the Teach-In will still occur, now as a victory celebration.

World Can't Wait at the Left Forum

World Can't Wait presents four great panels at the Left Forum.  Each panel will be moderated by World Can't Wait director Debra Sweet. 

 

Stop Drone Warfare & Drone Surveillance Leafleting in Hawaii

From World Can't Wait Honolulu      A small crew got out more than 1300 anti-drone brochures and leaflets at two recent events.  On Tuesday we went to the talk by Al Gore; on Friday to the Bruno Mars Concert.   While we got rained on during leafleting at both events, we felt each was a big success.  

Protest "Torture Professor" John Yoo at Berkeley Law

From Fire John Yoo!     Friday April 18 about a dozen activists challenged the appointment of "Torture Professor" John Yoo to head a new imperialist think-tank at UC Berkeley.

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The Korea Law Center launch comes on the heels of the U.S. - Korea Free Trade Agreement, which opens up the republic's legal market to U.S. law firms a press release informs, and will enable students to learn about issues vital to Korea's emergence as an economic powerhouse.

Syracuse Mass Protest Against Drones

by Debra Sweet                  Sunday I was in Syracuse, NY for a mass protest against drones, and of the outrageous "orders of protection" granted by a local judge against specific protesters, aimed at keeping them away from Hanock Air Force Base, from where drone operations in Afghanistan are piloted.  We began at Tucker Missionary Baptist Church with almost 500 as Cornel Westspoke about poverty, racism and drones.  "How does virtue stand up to brute force?" he asked, quoting WEB Dubois?  One way Cornel answered is that we cannot

4-10-14 Public Hearing on Petraeus at CUNY

On April 3, 2014 CUNY students, faculty and staff, together with concerned individual and organizations (such as War Criminals Watch), came together to hold a public hearing to investigate charges that former General David Petraeus was responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity as Iraq/Afghanistan war commander and former CIA chief. The hearing discussed definitions of war crimes and crimes against humanity, and considered evidence regarding Petraeus’ actions.

The US Drone War Is Still Alive

Though it's not in the headlines at the moment, the U.S. drone war is alive, with targeted killing in the president's arsenal. While it appears (and that's an accurate term when considering a secret program) that U.S. strikes have slowed in Pakistan, last year there were more strikes and deaths in Yemen by the U.S. than any previous year.
As hundreds of people organize protests for the Spring 2014 Days of Action to Stop Drone War & Surveillance, we share the work of novelist Teju Cole. These appeared last year as seven Tweets:

NO U.S./NATO Intervention in Ukraine.

The rapidly developing situation in Ukraine is, most of all, a clash between predatory super-powers over the prize that is the highly developed society and economy, both industrially and agriculturally productive.  Thanks for your comments last week, ranging from "you don't know what you are talking about," to "thanks so much for clarifying what's going on in Ukraine."

Redact This! An Interactive eBook: Artists Against Torture

 David Schwittek posted an announcement 6 days ago "I believe that Redact This! is important in documenting and protesting our country's inhumane, unjust, and ineffective  treatment of prisoners..."That's what artist and&n

Historic Hearing of Saleh v. Bush

In Saleh v. Bush, lead plaintiff Sundus Shaker Saleh alleges the Iraq War was a premeditated war against the Iraqi people, with the planning beginning in 1998. Click here to read more!

This case is a lawsuit against key members of the Bush Administration: Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Powell and Rice.

"We Are Not Your Soldiers"

We Are Not Your Soldiers visited two NYC high schools last month – one a mini-school in Manhattan, part of a larger high school campus, and the other a transfer high school in Brooklyn. John Burns, a recent veteran, spoke at both.The students had been well-prepared for the visits and had many questions to ask. Some were more concerned about the broader political questions and others, a number of whom are actively considering enlisting, wanted to get information about the real deal, what joining the military actually entails – from someone who has been there, done that. 

“US War Crimes: The Continuing Deterioration of Women’s Rights in Iraq”:

From January 29, 2014, Haifa Zangana’s presentation to the European Parliament in Brussels, “US War Crimes: The Continuing Deterioration of Women’s Rights in Iraq”: “The regression in women’s situation is devastating.
 
I will focus on violence in the public sphere and how it became so prominent that women have been forced to give up hard earned rights, such as employment, freedom of movement, abolition of polygamy, and

The Ukraine - Not in Our Name

People concerned with unjust war being waged in our name are, and should be, very concerned about the tense situation in Ukraine. Particularly when the Commander in Chief goes on about the "aspirations" of the people of Ukraine, and its territorial integrity, we have to take serious notice.  

Feb. 26,2014; A Day of Outrage & Remembrance for Trayvon Martin & Jordan Davis

Hoodies Up!
Targets Up!
Fists Raised!
We’re Standing Up!
No More Murder of Black Youth!

Redact This! An Interactive eBook: Artists Against Torture

Check out this video with Noam Chomsky and others.

Protest When John Rizzo Interviewed at Fordham 2/15/2014

On January 30, war criminal John Rizzo spoke at Fordham University in an interview with the director of the University’s Center on National Security. War Criminals Watch organized a protest at the event. We distributed leaflets about Rizzo to the attendees who filled about two/thirds of the law school’s amphitheatre. Nick Mottern of kNOwdrones stood throughout the talk with a banner saying "No Drone Killing" along with three of us who had Rizzo war criminal posters held high. (Other sizes of the downloadable poster can be found here).

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