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National Day of Action to Close Guantánamo and Bagram: 10 Years Too Many

 

The 2,771 detainees still at Guantánamo and Bagram represent all that is wrong--morally and legally--with the war of terror our government loosed on the world after 9/11. 

TODAY 11/30 NYC IMPORTANT DEMONSTRATIONS TO ATTEND

Protesting on 1/11/12 for Guantanamo Prisoners like Shaker Aamer, 10 Years in US Custody and Now Dying

A British resident with a British wife and four British children, Shaker Aamer has never been charged or tried, and yet, as Clive Stafford Smith reports, in an article, a press release and a letter to the British foreign secretary William Hague, all cross-posted below, he remains held, exactly ten years since

Bush, Blair Tried for War Crimes in Kuala Lumpur

A seven-member panel chaired by former Malaysian Federal Court judge Abdul Kadir Sulaiman presided over the trial, which began last Saturday, and both Bush and Blair were tried in absentia.

"The evidence showed that the drums of wars were being beaten long before the invasion. The accused in their own memoirs have admitted their own intention to invade Iraq regardless of international law," it said.

The verdict is purely symbolic as the tribunal has no enforcement powers.

The tribunal is also expected to later hear torture and war crimes charges against seven others, including former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and former vice president Dick Cheney.

by Debra Sweet, National Director, World Can't Wait

Occupiers Defying Orders to Leave

It's thrilling to hear that 3,000 people showed up to defend Occupy LA against the city's plan to shut it.  And, in Philly, people are also defying the city. From CBS News: Occupy L.A. Defies Vacate Order   From OccupyWallSt.org:

On the NATO/US Military Strike on Pakistan

A correspondent wrote me yesterday, "what [is]our government and military doing attacking a Pakistani military base?  Pakistan is supposed to be our ally in this ten years old crazy war in Afghanistan."  NATO Airstrike Kills 24 Pakistani Soldiers.

Pakistan had a military government over decades, supported by every US administration.  There's a large base in Pakistan for Islamic fundamentalism, which has deeply penetrated the Pakistani military, which is itself an utterly corrupt institution deeply involved in owning land and business (like Egypt's US-funded military is).

War Criminals Appearances and Protests - December 2011

Look at the calendar to see if a war criminal will be in you neighborhood. Check out if there is a protest already planned and if not gather some people together and create your own. We can help publicize your efforts and assist you with organizing. Posters and leaflets are available at warcriminalswatch.org. in "Downloadable Materials."

NOVEMBER & DECEMBER 2011 WAR CRIMINAL APPEARANCES

Michael Chertoff
12/8/11 - San Francisco CA

Condoleezza Rice
11/30/11 - Claremont CA

Making A Difference By Resisting Oppressive Governments

We are reflecting on a year marked by the breaking open of beautiful waves of resistance to oppressive governments across the globe on the one hand and mounting crimes waged by our government in our name on the other. In this dynamic landscape what we do can make a profound difference.

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More on the Drones

Tariq Aziz (centre, second row) attending a meeting about drones strikes in Waziristan, held in Islamabad, Pakistan on 28 October 2011. Three days later, the 16 year old was reported killed by a drone-launched missile.

In Memory of Our Friend Anthony D. Wagner: Truth Seeker and Truth Teller

"Veterans' Day" is used almost universally in this country as a day to honor imperialist wars and "warriors,"  But today we honor our friend Anthony Wagner, an Iraq veteran who spoke out against the war, including as part of the We Are Not Your Soldiers tour.

It is heart breaking when we lose someone who tried to change the world for the better, for all humanity. In his short time Anthony Wagner, World Can’t Wait activist and Iraq Veteran Against the War (served in Iraq March 2004-March 2005), tried to do just that. It is with profound sorrow that we of the Chicago World Can’t Wait chapter share that Anthony has died.

 

Report on Demonstration Against War Criminal Henry Kissinger at New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel

Some 65-70 people came out in New York City on Monday night to protest the horning of senior arch war criminal Henry Kissinger by the New-York Historical Society at a gala held at the luxe Waldorf Astoria Hotel.  The Board of Trustees of the N-Y Historical Society is now chaired by Richard Gilder, a wealthy NYC broker and found of the right-wing think tank, The Manhattan Institute.  Kissinger developed the plans for millions of war deaths, millions of refugees, millions maimed.He was responsible for the crimes against humanity in VietNam, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Chile and many other countries, including Iraq.

National Day of Action - 1/11/12 Washington DC

Close Guantamo & Bagram - 10 years too many.

The Oakland General Strike And The Police Repression

Somewhere around 10,000 people marched with a lot of energy and unity yesterday, shutting down the Port of Oakland with the help of the Longshore union.  City workers took the day off; some schools and shops closed.  The Oakland Occupy is still there, after police through everyone out last week, and later attacked a support march.  Police used teargas overnight and arrested about 80 people.  We will report further.


Meanwhile, Occupy Wall Street is calling for an eviction defense:


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Stopping The Police State Growing Around Us

Over the last few weeks, there have been many protests to stop police brutality in NYC.  I’ve been at two very dynamic and inspiring civil disobedience actions to STOP “Stop & Frisk,” including the most recent on Tuesday in Brownsville, Brooklyn, where the NYPD stops people at the highest rate.  Most are young men, but I met several men way over 40, and a woman in a wheelchair who have all been stopped in the area.

What Do We Owe Wikileaks' Revelations?

I thought Michael Moore had a good idea when he proposed naming Occupy SF after Bradley Manning.  Bradley is accused by the U.S. government of leaking to Wikileaks government reports and cables on years of military operations and communications about and with other governments.


He may go before a court martial soon, although there is apparently deep disagreement between different sections of the government over what evidence to let the defense see, and what they will allow to be made public.

NOVEMBER 2011 WAR CRIMINAL APPEARANCES

Check ouf if a war criminal will be in your area this November.  Join something that's planned and if there isn't any, start something with your friends and co-workers. Let us know and we will help publicize your activities. We have ready made downloadable leaflets for you one our web site.  Send use your report about your acttion and we will print it on our web site.                                                                                

The World is Still Waiting For A US Withdrawal from Iraq

Despite the Obama administration’s announcement Friday that U.S. combat troops are finally leaving Iraq — giving rise to the popular perception that “Iraq war is over”–  I ask those who are celebrating to consider: where is the joy coming from?


It’s been ten years now since Donald Rumsfeld’s brain went “9/11 = attack Iraq,” apparently minutes after the WTC was hit by airliners.  From that moment, when the world’s largest military machine began planning it, through today, after over a million Iraqi deaths, this war and occupation has never been legitimate, just or moral!

10th Anniverary of the Criminal Patriot Act

In this season of 10-year anniversaries, one almost got by me, just as it almost got by many of us on October 26, 2001.  The Ashcroft Justice Department, which could hardly find a case of discrimination against a Black person or a woman to prosecute, and was busy dismantling its Civil Rights division, had apparently been busy elsewhere.  Even before 9/11, they had written the USA PATRIOT Act (that’s “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism” for those of you not patriotic enough to think that up yourselves).

We Are All Scott Olsen"

Iraq Veterans Against the War said "It's ironic that days after Obama's announcement of the end of the IraqScott [Olsen] faced a veritible war zone in the streets of Oakland last night.  He and other protesters were surrounded by explosions and smoke (tear gas) going off around him as people nearby carried him while yelling for a medic."


The counter-attack of city authorities to clear the "Occupy" movement has now led to a serious injury, leaving protester Scott Olsen critically injured by an injury to his brain from a police projectile.  Oakland police attacked a peaceful encampment on Tuesday at 5:00 am, after massing 500 police, for hours.  Within minutes, hundreds were driven away, and police destroyed everything.

Raising the Resistance!

Despite the Obama administration’s announcement Friday that U.S. combat troops are finally leaving Iraq — giving rise to the popular perception that “Iraq war is over”–  I ask those who are celebrating to consider: where is the joy coming from?


It’s been ten years now since Donald Rumsfeld’s brain went “9/11 = attack Iraq,” apparently minutes after the WTC was hit by airliners. 

From that moment, when the world’s largest military machine began planning it, through today, after over a million Iraqi deaths,

this war and occupation has never been legitimate, just or moral!

 

Tens of millions of us who care about humanity protested to prevent the Bush regime from getting the coalition it sought to

attack Iraq; much of the world was convinced the U.S. was not invading to “save” Iraqis but to advance its own imperial agenda. 

Street-Teachin on drones and the war

Debra Sweet, National Director of World Can't Wait, at Occupy Wall Street, leading a Street-Teachin on drones and the war.http://warcriminalswatch.org/index.php/news/87-videos/1092-10-11-11-debra-sweet-at-occupy-wall-street-teach-in-on-wars-and-drones-

Hands Off Occupy Wall Street!

Mayor Bloomberg has announced that those who are at Zuccotti Park or Liberty Plaza must leave at 7am Friday October 14th so that it can be "cleaned".  He stated that people can re-enter when they are finished but under certain conditions. Just a few days ago he issued a statement saying  that the occupation could continue "for as long as they want".

An Irony Acutely This Week

Tens of thousands of people in the U.S., taking the lead from millions in the Middle East, are “occupying” public spaces, seeking change in the the world as it is, standing up to authority, power, and blowing the ceiling off expectations that the vast disparity in global income “has to” be as it is.  We’ve got to spread these occupations!

Lessons from Protest of Obama's 9/25/2011 Visit to Bay Area, California

Word of O’s Bay Area trip triggered three groups here to quickly
confer (World Can’t Wait, Code Pink, ANSWER).  We agreed to jointly call a protest
at his Sunday arrival at a military/NASA base.  We aimed for a vocal/visual protest
focused on the war anniversary (not wishing to eXclude people raising other O-related
causes if they came – but we agreed on the war as our focus.) There would be NO
public near our demo (more below) so our goals were around what message we’d
raise up via getting covered by the press.

Killing al-Awlaki Rists the Conferring of Illegitimacy

When Barack Obama announced in early 2010 that he had put Anwar al-Awlaki on his hit list, I heard from people for whom the announcement was a breaking point in their support for the president.  World Can’t Wait published a statement titled Crimes Are Crimes, No Matter Who Does Them. It said:
        "In some respects, this is worse than Bush. First, because Obama has claimed the right to assassinate American citizens whom he suspects of “terrorism,” merely on the grounds of his own suspicion or that of the CIA, something Bush never claimed publicly."

War Criminals Appearances and Protests - October 2011

Check out October war criminals appearances and protests to see if any are in your area. Leaflets and posters are available for your use on the War Criminals Watch website. (www.warcriminalswatch.org)

John Ashcroft
10/10/11 - Washington DC

John Bolton
10/12/11 - Bellevue WA

Telephone Conference on "Why is the US in Afghanistan?"

Thurs Sept. 29th-1 hr.
10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific


Why is the U.S. in Afghanistan and Iraq?  What is the effect on those societies?  When, if ever, will the U.S. leave? As we prepare to protest 10 years of US war on Afghanistan, let's wrangle over a question a lot of returning soldiers say they can't answer:  Why is the US there?

Spreading the Gust of Fresh Air

We in The World Can't Wait express our enthusiastic solidarity with the morally and physically courageous youth of Occupy Wall Street and all others now forming occupations in their cities. They have not resigned themselves to accepting the way the world is, but are boldly exposing the towering crimes and audacious lies of this nation’s financial and political elites. They are righteously demanding that it all end and in doing so enduring brutal attacks by police and the corporate media’s malign neglect.

Troy Davis and “The Banality of Evil”

In 1963 author, philosopher and professor Hannah Arendt published her famous book  "Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil.  The book was Arendt’s report on the trial of Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi bureaucrat and war criminal largely responsible for implementing Hitler’s “final solution” that resulted in the systematic murder of millions of Jews. 

In pointing out that the remarkable thing about Eichmann was that he was completely unremarkable, she drove home the point that the Nazi crimes were not committed by fanatics or sociopaths but by “ordinary people who accepted the premisies of their state and therefore participated with the view that their actions were normal”. Eichmann was a mild mannered civil servant with a wife and kids who epitomized the virtues of the German middle class.  It was in his dispassionate face at trial that Arendt saw “the banality of evil”.  

How and Why We Worked to Drive Out the Bush Regime

In the summer of 2005, people were starting to come out of their 6 month long depression over the outcome of the 2004 election.  It was somewhat of a struggle to get people to stop blaming Bush voters, and grasp and grapple with the depravity of the Bush program, and the fact that two aggressive wars had been launched on the basis of lies.

Some of us already working to end the wars, torture, and in many other causes wrangled with the problem that, “fighting against each outrage and winning on important fronts — from immigrants rights to defending the right to due process, to defending abortion, evolution, against discrimination or to defend critical thinking on campus — is invaluable to making real change in a world that desperately needs it.  But we are fighting each and every one of these battles on losing ground – ground that is rapidly disappearing under our feet.”

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