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Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger came under protest Tuesday at a public event in New York City. A coalition of progressive groups organized the rally to call for Kissinger’s arrest for war crimes. Activist Richard Marini was ejected from the event after attempting to carry out a citizen’s arrest on Kissinger.
War criminals including John Bolton, George Bush, Alberto Gonzalez, Colin Powell, Condoleeza Rice, Karl Rove, Donald Rumsfeld & John Yoo might be be speaking in your area this June. Check out the attached list. Let us know if you might be planning an action and we will publicize it and help you organize. Leaflets and posters are available on our website under Resources - Downloadable Materials. www.warcriminalswatch.org
On May 31,2011 War Criminal Henry Kissinger, responsible for crimes against humanity in VietNam, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Chile and Iraq, will talk about his new book on China at the 92nd St. Y, Manhattan. Before Kissinger's speech, former New York Times reporter David Andelman will speak. Join us and many other organization to protest. Check out the link below for further information, a related video and leaflets to reproduce and distribute.
by Debra Sweet, Director of World Can't Wait
Reading the news, I think about how those of us working toward a more just world need to understand the complex factors shaping the world as it actually is. The “Arab spring” brought so many millions to political life, bringing hope and the sense of new possibilities.
Wednesday, April 27 6:30 pm
Tishman Auditorium, The New School, 66 W. 12th Street, New York City
Co-sponsors: The Platypus Affiliated Society & World Can’t Wait
Participants: Sinan Antoon, Wafaa Bilal, Laura Lee Schmidt, Sunsara Taylor
“If you are troubled about the state and direction of the world…if you are repelled by both the arrogant assertion of empire by the government and leaders of the U.S. and the fanatical backwardness of Islamic fundamentalism, what should you be doing?”
The U.S. government has arrogated to itself the right to rain down death on countries in the Middle East, Central Asia, and Africa...to continue to hold thousands in prisons all over the world without trial and utilizing torture...to step up repression against those who within the U.S. attempt to organize against this…and, now, under the cover of “humanitarianism,” to carry out military intervention, with European allies, in Libya to reassert its dominance.
On April 9, 2011 World Can't Wait, CodePink and other activists staged a
peaceful protest of former Secretary of State Condoleezza during her
speaking engagement at the National School Board Association conference in
San Francisco, calling for accountablity for approving war crimes on behalf
of the Bush Administration.Four activists were ejected from the event by
Watch the video at:
'Tea-Partiers for Torture' Met with Righteous Protest: Confronting John Yoo.
By Curt Wechsler
Tuesday night April 5, World Can’t Wait and members of Code Pink, Progressive Democrats of America and 9/11 Truth mixed it up with teapartiers in Mountain View, California.
The Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley was hosting a speech titled “Presidential Power in time of Crisis” by John Yoo, the sometimes-professor of law at UC Berkeley (he spends most of his time hawking a book). Hardly the “conservative” organization it pegs itself as, this group espouses radical ideas of unlimited executive power and a rewriting of the U.S. Constitution. Yoo has been traveling the country in a fierce attempt to rehabilitate the history of his part in establishing the state torture program employed by the Bush Regime.
Are the U.S. Wars on the Middle East Wrong Because They Cost so Much?
Or are they just wrong, immoral, unjust, and against humanity's interests?
U.S. occupations, bombs, and secret operations have wreaked havoc in the Middle East since 2001, sold to the public on the basis of being in the “United States' national interest.”
Rolling Stone reported that in 2010 the 5th Stryker Brigade’s “Kill Team” went on a shooting spree, killing unarmed Afghan civilians and mutilating corpses for fun, while US NATO bombing raids kill even more civilians this year than last. The U.S. detains hundreds of Afghans in Bagram, without charges, lawyers, or rights...and Guantanamo remains open, in spite of Obama’s declaration over two years ago that he would close it as a stain on America’s conscience.
On the eight anniversary of the attack on Iraq and the second day of the attack on Libya, Left Forum gathered many antiwar activists from around the country in New York City. Listen to the panel organized by War Criminals Watch entitled: From the Bush Regime's "War on Terror" to Obama's "Overseas Contingency Operation" – Why We Resist.
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US war criminals are making many public appearances in April. Take a look to see if there's anything near you. If you plan a protest let us know. We'll help you promote it. These war criminals are traveling and speaking all over. We need to stand up and let them know we don't want war criminals in our communities.
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By Debra Sweet, National Director of World Can't Wait
I've talked to a number of people in the last 10 days who describe themselves as "hoping for the best" from the US intervention into the North African country of Libya. They choose to believe the US arguments that the intervention is 1) for humanitarian reasons limited to "saving civilian lives"; 2) is legitimate because it has the backing of the UN and NATO.
But the facts don't support those hopes.
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The world doesn't have to be this way...it's just the way it is now.
People say "things won't ever change." WRONG! The people of Tunisia and Egypt showed that there is no guarantee that brutal dictatorships will last forever, even when they're backed up by the most powerful military in the world! The public workers and students of Wisconsin have surprised everyone in massing for weeks against an attempt by those grouped around the Republican Party to break them. The people of the Middle East, and those of the heartland in this country, have surprised everyone by waking up.
The unjust occupation of Iraq, the war on the people of Afghanistan, the drone bombings of Pakistan and Yemen, the secret wars, the black sites or torture and rendition, Obama's indefinite detention, the repression against Muslims and antiwar activists -- all of this is growing worse, and seems permanent.
by Debra Sweet, National Director of World Can't Wait
I find a number of perplexing contrasts between the US war from 1961 to 1975 (to the Vietnamese people it was the “American” war, and to us the “Vietnam war”) and the wars the U.S. is fighting now in the Middle East.
One is the quality of news coverage. Starting in the mid 1960s, though there was much less news coverage, you could reliably get some coverage of the war. Even though L.B.J. saw “light at the end of the tunnel” and Nixon could lie well too, reporters on U.S. networks often said enough that you could learn to read between the lines. The images of Vietnamese civilians’ suffering and of American casualties were seared into our consciousness. 45 years later, with constant “news” generated, you can find hardly any mention of the most extensive occupation carried out since 1945 – the American war against Iraq.
Protest War Criminal Stephan Hadley's, National Security Advisor to Bush, Keynote speech on 3/19 in San Francisco
War Criminal Watch is calling for San Francisco fans to protest War Criminal Stephan Hadley's keynote speach at SF St. Regis Hotel on 3/19/2011 from 3:30 - 5 pm.
"This (Gadhafi) is a bad guy"... Where have we heard that before?
As we mark the 8th anniversary of "Shock and Awe" let's remember the LIES that the Iraq War was launched on and STOP a war on Libya before it starts.
PROTEST STEPHEN HADLEY, National Security Advisor to Bush, as he gives his keynote speech to the World Affairs Council conference at the St. Regis Hotel.
Hadley was key to creating the lies about yellowcake uranium which set up the Bush Regime's pretext for going to war against Iraq. Hadley has not yet experienced as much "war criminal fame" as Yoo, Rice, Rumsfeld, et al, but he has been busy stirring up support for military action on Libya in order to take advantage of imperialist openings presented by the current turmoil. (Title of his speech: "Seeing Opportunities in Times of Crisis:!)
Hey NYC area fans! If there's no way you can get to DC, then join us at the Left Forum on Sun.March 20, 2011 at Pace University.
War Criminals Watch will be hosting two panels on Sun., March 20th at the Left Forum and will have a table in the exhibition hall during the entire conference, March 18th-20th. Please visit our table and come to our panels.
From the Bush Regime's "War on Terror" to "Obama's Contingency Operation" - Why We Resist
E324, L. Panel Session 5—Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
by Debra Sweet
On March 2, the U.S. military announced 22 more charges against Bradley Manning, the accused Army Private imprisoned in solitary confinement since May 2010. One of the new charges, “aiding the enemy,” is potentially punishable with death. This a most outrageous development, echoing the months of right-wingers screaming for his death. View the charges. Word comes that Brad is now held naked overnight, and forced to stand at attention that way.
The system holding him is nakedly unjust!
The charges themselves expose the extent to which the U.S. military is spread across the world is involved in actions with names like “Operation Hammer,” detailed in tens of thousands of reports stored in the internet. I am not the first to point out the irony that the Obama administration offered praise — growing fainter by the day — to those protesting in streets in Egypt and Tunisia with outrage fueled by the very revelations Manning faces death for exposing.
By Daphne Eviatar, From Huffington Post
In the summer of 2008, the United States military captured a 16-year-old Pakistani boy and imprisoned him at the Bagram air base in Afghanistan. According to his lawyers, for over a year his family had no idea where he was. When he was finally allowed to speak to relatives nearly two years later due to intervention by the Red Cross, Hamidullah Khan told his brother that he had had a hearing in the U.S. prison. The U.S. military judges had admitted lacking any evidence against him and recommended he be returned home to his family in Pakistan. Months later, he remains imprisoned at the U.S. detention facility in Afghanistan.
Hamidullah Khan is not alone. Of the 41 men who come from outside Afghanistan and remain locked in the U.S.-run prison at Bagram, more than a dozen have been recommended for release by U.S. military tribunals. Yet only one is currently scheduled to be sent home.
by Debra Sweet
The World Can't Wait! Stop the Crimes of Your Government!
Last week, I posted a photo of masses of Egyptians in Tahrir Square, Cairo in late January 2011 with the question, “Now do you know what we were talking about?”
I sent the message to tens of thousands of supporters of World Can’t Wait, established in 2005 as The World Can’t Wait – Drive Out the Bush Regime. The photo and one line got a lot of response.
Almost half the response amounted to “yes — we knew what you meant then, and we’re with you!” Some people didn’t recognize the photo, or guessed that I was calling for a new movement to “drive out” the current president. One, who signed the Call to Drive out the Bush Regime online in 2007, announced she is Republican, and wanted no more mail from me.
So, for you all to whom the message was not clear, here’s what that photo is about:
By Coloradoan Staff
The Character Fort Collins Board of Directors announced today John Ashcroft will not be a featured speaker in the group's 2011 Courageous Leadership Series.
In a press release, the group stated:
"It has become clear that this opportunity to have John Ashcroft speak in Fort Collins has evolved past a manageable nonprofit event. As such, the Character Fort Collins Board of Directors has decided not to include John Ashcroft in our 2011 Courageous Leadership Series. We are continuing to work on the line up of speakers for our Courageous Leadership Series and will announce those when they are finalized."
by Orla Guerin, BBC
Every other night Saad Iqbal Madni wakes up screaming. For more than five years the Pakistani Islamic scholar was one ghost among many - Prisoner Number 746 in Guantanamo Bay.
In terror-filled moments, in the dead of night, he still is.
"Since they arrest me, up to today, every second night I wake up screaming, yelling and crying," he said, breaking down in tears.
"I can't forget what they did to me. No one can do that with the animals. I don't know how they can do that with human beings."
By Andrew Kolin
From Informed Comment
To understand how the U.S. government became a police state, look no further than how it freed itself from colonial rule. For the American Revolution was, by and large, the result of a mobilization of the masses by the elites to liberate the colonized from a colonizer. It was the starting point of the myth of how the post- Revolutionary government would embody democracy.
Let's Move Rumsfeld Recently Published Memoir to Bookstore Section Where It Belongs - Fiction, Horror, Crime, You Decide.
Check out our bookmarks that you might insert in Donald Rumsfeld's new memoirs when you pass them by in your neighborhood bookstore. Feel free to copy front and back.
Chevron Found Guilty, Ordered to Pay $8.2 billion in Epic Oil Contamination Fight
By Jeremy Hance, From Mongabay.com
It was the environmental legal battle that some believed would never end (and they may still be right). But today in Lago Agrio, Ecuador, after 18 years of an often-dramatic court case, Chevron was found guilty of environmental harm and ordered to pay $8.2 billion in damages, however the oil giant says it will appeal the ruling. The lawsuit was filed by indigenous groups in the Ecuadorian Amazon who argue that poor environmental safeguards from Texaco in the 1970s and 80s led to widespread oil contamination and high rates of diseases, including cancer, among the populace. In 2001 Chevron purchased Texaco and inherited the legal fight. For its part, Chevron has dubbed the ruling "illegitimate" and with an appeal will drag the case on longer.
By Henry A. Giroux, From Truthout
The following essay is excerpted from the preface to Henry Giroux's "Hearts of Darkness: Torturing Children in the War on Terror" (Paradigm Publishers 2010).
By Larry Everest
Today, millions of Egyptians are rising with rage and courage against the hated rule of President Hosni Mubarak, who has been in power since 1981.
As Egyptians protesting in the streets were being killed, beaten, or rounded up in the streets of Cairo and other cities before the eyes of the whole world, Vice President Joe Biden defended Mubarak, saying, "Look, Mubarak has been an ally of ours in a number of things and he's been very responsible on, relative to geopolitical interests in the region: Middle East peace efforts, the actions Egypt has taken relative to normalizing the relationship with Israel. I would not refer to him as a dictator." (PBS Newshour, Newsmaker Interview, January 27, 2011)
War Criminals Watch will be hosting two panels at the Left Forum and will have a table in the exhibition hall. The panels are: From the Bush Regime's "War on Terrot" to "Obama's Contingency Operation" - Why We Resist and What We Learned From WikiLeaks Revelations. More details will follow soon.
By Robert Parry
From Consortium News
When you’re listening to the many tributes to President Ronald Reagan, often for his talent making Americans feel better about themselves, you might want to spend a minute thinking about the many atrocities in Latin America and elsewhere that Reagan aided, covered up or shrugged off in his inimitable "aw shucks" manner.
After all, the true measure of a president shouldn’t be his style or how he made us feel but rather what he did with his extraordinary power, what were the consequences for real people, either for good or ill.
Yet, even as the United States celebrates Reagan’s centennial birthday and lavishes praise on his supposed accomplishments, very little time has been spent reflecting on the unnecessary bloodbaths that Reagan enabled in many parts of the world.
High Spirited Demonstrators in Philadelphia Protested Former U.S Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld
by: Jan Ramsom from:Philly.com
Barbara Quintiliano (left) and Ann Agee (right) were protesting in front of the National Constitution Center where Donald Rumsfeld was discussing details from his new book. (Jan Ransom / Staff)
Former U.S Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld just doesn't draw protesters like he used to.
Rumsfeld made his first stop on his highly-anticipated national book tour at the National Constitution Center Wednesday evening. His new book, "Known and Unknown," is a memoir covering his extensive career in public service, including his four terms in Congress and his service with former Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and George W. Bush.
Seven protesters gathered in the freezing cold, clutching posters and chatting about politics and all things Rumsfeld in front of the National Constitution Center shortly after 6 p.m., and vowed to hang around until the event ended.
By Jim Cook
From Irregular Times
World Can’t Wait has created a clever database called War Criminals Watch that discloses the times and places where the war criminals of the previous Bush administration will be appearing in public events. It is only just that these Bush administration officials, who ripped away Americans’ privacy and presumption of innocence while demanding secrecy and unaccountability for themselves, be geolocated so that protesters may assemble nearby to remind Americans what the likes of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, Jay Bybee, Karl Rove, John Yoo, Donald Rumsfeld, John Bolton and Michael Mukasey did to undermine democracy, freedom, human rights and the rule of law.
When you click through to the War Criminals Watch website, however, a video will automatically begin to play that exposes a blind spot in the project. You’ll hear the testimony of a signatory to the Crimes are Crimes No Matter Who Does Them statement, someone like Joyce Kozloff:
A war begun on the basis of monstrous lies against a country weakened already by 15 years of sanctions, which brought tremendous loss of civilian life.
Stepping out boldly in protest this March against this legacy is more important than ever. We know from our work that many people living in this country think the Iraq war is “over” because some troops were moved to Afghanistan, and the trail of dead U.S. military has slowed. The occupation, still 50,000 U.S. troops strong, with added combat capability of U.S. State Department troops, and tens of thousands of private contractors in 17 U.S. bases, is huge and permanent. Unless it is exposed and stopped by U.S. public opinion and action.
On the 8th anniversary of U.S. war on Iraq (actions March 17-19), we strengthen our demand to end the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan, and the secret bombing and black operations of Pakistan and Yemen.