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Forum 3/22, 2012 7pm U.S. - Israel Assault on Iran: The Growing Danger of War

Forum: U.S.-Israeli Assault on Iran: The Growing Danger of War, the Urgency of Resistance, and the Need to Bring Forward Another Way

March 22, Thursday, 7pm Revolution Books 146 W. 26th Street New York City
Leila Zand is the Director of Fellowship of Reconciliation's Task Force on the Middle East. She is an Iranian-American who lived in Iran during the Iran-Iraq war and the reform years of the late 1990s.

Out in the Streets: Talk with People to End the Bush/Obama Wars

We've been out on the streets over the last week talking to people about the wars begun under the Bush regime, which are now fully Obama's wars, and how they remain illegitimate, unjust, immoral.  And how the only force authoritative force to stop them is us, forming ourselves into a much larger, louder, more determined movement.

 

Kudos to Wesleyan Students at War Criminal Scalia Demonstration

MIDDLETOWN, CT: At Wesleyan University March 9, 2012  students and Occupy Connecticut members protested an appearance by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. “Scalia and Wesleyan’s President Roth were watching banners and condoms drop from the balcony, and there was nothing they could do. Even when the guard escorted us out for wearing Guantanamo jumpsuits, we got our point across,” said Cesar A. Chavez, first-year Wesleyan student.

Before Scalia’s speech, about forty Connecticut residents calling themselves Occupy Citizens United joined with Wesleyan students, chanting “Legacy of blood and war, what’d you make Bush president for?” and “Sexist, racist, anti-gay! Justice Scalia, go away!”

Left Forum This Weekend. War Criminals Watch & World Can't Wait on Several Panels.

War Criminals Watch will be presenting two great panels at Left Forum, Pace University, NYC. 3/17-3/18,2012

In addition to the above panels, we will be displaying a Reaper drone, and the shoes & boots of those killed in Afghanistan and Iraq outside Pace University, We also have a table in the exhibit hall and look forward to meeting you.

War Criminals Watch and World Can't Wait's director, advisors and a steering committee member will be presenting at several other panels as well:

U.S.-Israel War Moves Against Iran—What’s Going On, Our Responsibility to Resist Details

No Justice Without Peace Details

Which Way Forward? The War on Terror and the Demolition of Society Details

An Army of Rape Details

Is Voting a Solution? Details

Pornography & the Sex Industry: Reclaim, Regulate, Uproot, or Abolish? Details

ABORTION! An Urgent Part of Women’s Liberation—Differing Viewpoints on How to Win This Fight Details


Pace University, 1 Pace Plaza, NYC 10038

How Many U.S. War Crimes Are Too Many?

The repeated statements from President Obama this week about the killing of 16 civilians near Kandahar on Sunday have been widely reported, the incident was "shocking... tragic... outrageous... heart-breaking."  All true.

But as Obama's expressions of grief have escalated, his expressed determination not to leave Afghanistan before 2014 have increased, joined yesterday by David Cameron, Prime Minister of the U.K.  NATO is ordering unmanned drones from the US to use in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the region.

We demand: U.S. forces out of this illegitimate, immoral, unjust war on Afghanistan NOW, and pay reparations.

Protest Bush at Drug, Chemical & Associated Technologies Assn.

Please join War Criminals Watch, World Can't Wait and others outside the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City between 5:15 and 7:15 pm to meet and greet the guests with appropriate signage. War Criminal George W. Bush will be giving the keynote address. This is a black tie event.  The pre-dinner reception starts at 5:45 and the dinner at 7:00.  

Protest Bush - March 15, 5:15pm  - 7pm - Waldorf Astoria - 301 Park Ave (btw 49th & 50th), New York, NY



Protest When Yoo Speaks on Globalization

Demonstrate against John Yoo  - March 15, 5:30 - 7pm

Commonwealth Club - 595 Market St,  San Franciso, CA

This is What Liberation Looks Like: U.S. Massacre in Afghanistan

11 March 2012 - Reporting on its website tonight, The New York Times stated: “Stalking from home to home, a United States Army sergeant methodically killed at least 16 civilians, 9 of them children, in a rural stretch of southern Afghanistan [in Kandahar Province] early on Sunday [March 11, 2012].”

After murdering these innocents one by one, this U.S. soldier - many Afghan witnesses, including one whose father was killed, saw several U.S. soldiers involved in the attack - then covered his/their victims with a blanket and set them afire.

“This incident is tragic and shocking, and does not represent the exceptional character of our military and the respect that the United States has for the people of Afghanistan,” Mr. Obama said in a statement.

U.S. Troops Need to Leave Afghanistan. Now. Stop the Occupations. Pay Reparations.

World Can't Wait and others are responding to the killings yesterday in Afghanistan that at least one US Army staff sergeant is alleged to have carried out. 16 Afghan civilians including children were killed inside homes, in 2 villages, in completely unprovoked aggression, according to witnesses.

Here, villagers protest outside the U.S. base in the Panjwai District of Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

World Can't Wait at Left Forum NYC March 16-18

War Criminals Watch is participating in Left Forum at Pace University, 3/16-18.

We will be presenting two great panels:

Does it Matter Whether Obama "Wants" War on Iran?

I've been hearing, since Obama's remarks this week that, "The one thing we have not done is we have not launched a war" on Iran, that Barack Obama doesn't "want" a war. That could be true.

But every speech he has given on about Iran shows the one thing he won't give up on: domination of Iran, and the whole region.  If that takes war, then, Obama says, he will wage it. He said to the AIPAC meeting a few days ago,

"Iran’s leaders should understand that I do not have a policy of containment; I have a policy to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. And as I have made clear time and again during the course of my presidency, I will not hesitate to use force when it is necessary to defend the United States and its interests."

A Dissonance Between Obamas Words and Actions

In the 3 years Barack Obama has been commander in chief of the US empire, a lot of people have been impressed with Obama's way with words; partly because of the noticeable contrast with with George Bush's practiced malapropisms and deliberate mispronunciations (i.e. "NUKE u lar").

But look closer at Obama's words, and, even more importantly, his actions, to determine how people who care about humanity assess this president.

Bradley Manning Formally Charged, Still No Trial

The Manning prosecution is a tragic miscarriage of justice.  US officials are highly embarrassed by what Manning exposed and are shooting the messenger.  As Glen Greenwald, the terrific Salon writer, has observed, President Obama has prosecuted more whistleblowers for espionage than all other presidents combined.

Drop All Charges Against Bradley Manning! from Veterans for Peace

“Where is the justice?” asks Gerry Condon, a Board member of Veterans For Peace. “The Army is shirking its duty to punish soldiers who have committed rape and murder. Yet they are trying to destroy the life of Bradley Manning, who has not harmed a hair on a person's head.”

Wikileaks Emails: The US Gov't Outsources Political Repression

With multiple media partners, including Rolling Stone, Wikileaks is releasing 5 million emails from the private security company Stratfor. Michael Hastings (whose article led to the firing of General McChrystal from commanding in Afghanistan), writes in Homeland Security Kept Tabs on Occupy Wall Street:

Voices of Conscience Against War on Iran

Aggressive war, against a country that has not attacked the aggressor country, is the supreme war crime.  We said it on February 4 across the nation.  I talked about it outside the US Mission to the UN (see video).

We won't stop saying it.  Here's another chance:

Sunday March 4 in Washington, D.C., when President Obama speaks at the 2012 Convention of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, we'll be there, with a visible anti-war protest, along with Code Pink, Veterans for Peace, and the Occupy movement.

Don't Suppress the Occupy Movement

One Day to Go:
#F28 is Next Step Against Suppression of Occupy Movement
.  Images of incidents of police brutality against peaceful protest need to be seen large, literally projected onto a screen at Union Square. Making this loud and vibrant statement on a stage, and getting the word out to thousands of people, takes funds. $7,800 is needed by Tuesday at midnight. We're all counting on you to make it happen. Click the image below to find out more and fund the #F28 action.

War Criminals March 2012 Appearances and McChrystal Protest

The war criminals are picking up their touring in March:  Bush, Rice, Rove and Yoo are all on the speaker circuit.  So is McChrystal and there's already a big protest planned when he speaks in Baltimore on 3/27.CA and FL are going to be busy, busy - so take a look.  Indianapolis, NYC, DC, Honolulu and Austin will also be visited.John Yoo has 4 CA appearances.  If you plan any protest, please let us know so we may help you publicize and organize it. Downloadable posters are available on our website. www.warcriminalswatch.org

March 2012 War Criminal Appearances - See our webpage for details about each date.

George Bush

3/7/12 – Indianapolis IN

ACT Against the Suppression of the Occupy Movement!

ACT  Against the Suppression of the Occupy Movement!

Tuesday, February 28 • Union Square  4 pm-Gather; 5 pm-Rally;  6 pm-March

Around the world and in every walk of life, people were heartened by the rise of the Occupy Movement.  In NYC and in almost a thousand US cities people broke through the confines of "protest as usual" and declared "the empire has no clothes!"  A new kind of community in public space was created.  Big questions were raised about what kind of society this is and what it should be. 

WE WILL CONTINUE TO OCCUPY - JOIN US ON FEB 28, A DAY OF RESISTANCE FOR ALL

When World Can't Wait was started in 2005, we issued the Call to Drive Out the Bush Regime, which said in part: "That which you will not resist and mobilize to stop, you will learn - or be forced - to accept."

This is a lesson which has been learned by people throughout history and around the world, including throughout the Middle East now, and must be understood by people in this country as well.

Bradley Manning to be arraigned at Ft Meade on Feb 23

The US Army last week scheduled a formal arraignment hearing for PFC Bradley Manning, the accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower. The arraignment is scheduled for 1:00 PM EST, February 23, 2012 at Fort Meade, Maryland, just northeast of Washington DC. While the hearing itself is expected to be brief, PFC Manning is expected to be present, and the proceedings are open to the media and public. Washington DC area supporters of the Support Network are encouraged to attend the arraignment.

Court Martial expected in May

Still Locked Away in Guantánamo

Words of a man cleared for release - yet still locked away in Guantánamo:

"Please torture me the old way. Here they destroy people mentally and physically without leaving marks.”
 
Shaker [Aamer] also explained that he "does not expect President Obama to do anything better than his predecessor, President Bush. Presidents are, he thinks, hemmed in by the powers that surround them." In his own words, “The White House is a straitjacket. You just wear it.”

-from
10 Years in Guantánamo: British Resident Shaker Aamer, Cleared for Release But Still Held by Andy Worthington

We Shut Down the Military Recruiting Stations

Yesterday, approximately fifty people including students from Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) along with members of Occupy Wall Street, Veterans For Peace, War Resisters League and World Can't Wait shut down three military recruiting stations that are situated within one block from BMCC and Stuyvesant High School on Chambers St. in Manhattan. Students and others gathered outside the gates of BMCC on Wednesday morning demanding “Stop the Wars, Stop the Recruiters!”

Make Tuesday F28 a Day of Mass Action Everywhere; Stand with Occupy. STOP the Suppression of the Occupy Movement!

World Can't Wait is supporting the Call for Mass Action Against the Suppression of the Occupy Movement. It's not only the barricades and batons, constant surveillance, mass arrests, and escalating charges against occupiers. It's the fact that these occupations have been pushed and beaten from public squares, and squeezed into the margins.

Don't wait for "something" to happen in the spring. Join the F28 actions now:

UC Davis November 2011

Protest Obama The War President

Protest the War President 

02.16.2012 - 02.16.2012 17.00

Nob Hill Masonic Center -    1111 California Street San Francisco

 

 

 

Greet Obama and his brokers with a united expression of outrage!

 

 

Droning on... and on, across whole countries... with secret military & CIA programs...

In Air America: Under the Imperial Eye, Chris Floyd reports on the recent revelation that Iraq's supposedly "sovereign airspace" is constantly under surveillance by a network of drones operated by the State Department. Apparently the only reason this news came to light is because of a publicly available government appeal for private bids on the project. Neither we nor Iraqis were meant to know:

"Iraqis were outraged this week to find they are being spied upon by a fleet of American drones hovering constantly in their supposedly sovereign skies, long after the supposed withdrawal of American forces."

NO War on Iran NO Sanctions NO Intervention NO Assassinations

I know I am not the only one to experience déjà vu over the Obama administration's assessment of threats by Iran to the US. James Clapper, Obama's top intelligence officer stated as fact yesterday, according to the New York Times, that:

“some Iranian officials — probably including supreme leader Ali Khamenei — have changed their calculus and are now more willing to conduct an attack in the United States in response to real or perceived U.S. actions that threaten the regime.”

No war on Iran

Documentary "Incident in New Bagdad" up for Academy Award

Congratulations to Director James Spione and Ethan McCord. Ethan is the subject of the film Incident in New Baghdad, nominated for an Academy Award in documentary film.

Don't Suppress the Occupy Movement: 400 Arrested at Occupy Oakland

Saturday, Oakland police in riot gear fired smoke, tear gas, flash bang grenades and rubber bullets at Occupy Oakland protesters trying to take a vacant building this afternoon. Near the Oakland Museum of California, demonstrators had planned to take a building nearby and make it a headquarters. But, police were prepared to stop then from occupying the vacant building. More from Kevin Gostzola in Mass Arrest of Occupy Oakland Protesters After Police Fire Various Weapons.


Sunday night, there were solidarity marches in dozens of cities.

No War on Iran - Nationwide Demontrations - Feb. 4,2012

Many hundreds of you took the Quiz: Iran, Who is the Real Threat?   The percentage of people who got all 7 correct answers from last week's results is 26%, which is much better than the general public.  If you regular readers gave us your mailing address, expect a prize in the mail soon.

Design A Leaflet for Our "Iran: Who is the Real Threat? Quiz"

Calling artists and designers.  We would like you to design a great leaflet for our Iran quiz.  Please send us your layout at info@worldcantwait.org . Thanks!

Political debate in the United States over recent weeks has increasingly focused on when, not if, sanctions and military action will be launched against Iran. How informed are you about the situation?

Please answer all questions.

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