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This week, more than a dozen anti-war organizations responded to a call by World Can't Wait to plan for a day of Mass Action against war or on sanctions on Iran. We united on a day, Saturday February 4, for the first action, and a simple set of demands:
Sometimes an event breaks into the mainstream media that reveals the truly brutal, oppressive nature of the armed forces of the US and the wars they are fighting. At a moment when we are being told by the oh-so-rational and humane administration of Barack Obama and Co. that we must line up behind a new aggressive war against an oil-producing Central Asian country, the recently released video of US soldiers urinating on Afghan corpses has exposed the way "our" soldiers view the entire population of the region: as subhuman.
Now we must challenge Americans to not look away from these terrible images, but absorb what these incidents tell us about the essence of what is still happening in our names: unjust, illegitimate violence unleashed by the most powerful against some of the poorest people on the planet.
Washington DC, Chicago, San Francisco, New York 300+ cities: Without doubt, last week saw the largest protests yet against the torture and detention policies of the US in Washington, DC.
When Iranian director Asghar Farhadi received the Golden Globe award for Best Foreign Film Sunday night, he said:
When I was coming up on the stage, I was thinking what should I say here. Should I say something about my mother, father, my kind wife, my daughters, my dear friends, my great and lovely crew. But now I just prefer to say something about my people. I think they are a truly peace-loving people. Thank you very much.
Yesterday in Washington, we massed in front of all 3 branches of the government reported to represent "freedom and democracy for all." About 800 of us marched from the White House, past the Department of Justice, and stood in front of the Supreme Court, opposite the Capitol. Amnesty International brought a lot of students.
“Close Guantánamo” Campaign and Website Launches:
Retired Military Personnel, Lawyers Call for the Closure of Guantánamo After 10 Years
For the 10th anniversary of the opening of the “war on terror” prison at
Guantánamo Bay, Cuba (on Jan. 11), a group of retired military personnel
and lawyers are calling on President Obama to honor his promise to close
the prison, which he made when he took office in January 2009.
Signatories to the mission statement for the “Close Guantánamo” campaign
include: Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, Chief of Staff to former Secretary of
State Colin Powell; the Hon. John J. Gibbons, former Chief Judge, U.S.
Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; Gen. David M. Brahms (Ret.); Rear
Adm. Donald J. Guter (Ret.); Rear Adm. John D. Hutson (Ret.); Col. Morris
Davis, former chief prosecutor for the Military Commissions at Guantánamo;
and several lawyers who have been involved in the litigation involving
I hope to see many of you reading this message on Wednesday in Washington, DC, as we dramatically represent the 2,771 men still held indefinitely (89 of whom have even been cleared for release by the U.S. government, yet remain held - no end in sight).
Many others of you will be protesting in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, or other places.
Andy Worthington will also be speaking in DC, Chicago, and San Francisco. If you haven't done so already, see the schedule.
Andy Worthington, who is now in the U.S., traveling and speaking about the cases of the men held at the world's most notorious symbol of unjust imprisonment and torture, wrote several days ago:
For the first time, the British journalist and author of The Guantánamo Files will speak at events in New York, Washington, San Francisco and Chicago about his work uncovering the stories of the prisoners there. See his recent piece: An Extraordinary Interview with Former Guantánamo Child Prisoner Mohammed El-Gharani.
Across the country in the next two weeks, we will be marking the 10th anniversary of the U.S. prison at Guantánamo with protests, film showings, talks, and benefits. We do this for:
171 prisoners still in Guantánamo, even though most were cleared for release by the Bush regime. Read about one: Holiday Thoughts for Omar Khadr, Still Held at Guantanamo by Andy Worthington.
Cheers to the thousands of women of Egypt who marched through Cairo yesterday demanding the end of military rule in light of their systematic sexual violence against women, including the stripping & beating of a woman in Tahrir Square whose assault has gone viral and acted as a catalyst to the demonstration. According to CNN this woman, Aza, suffered a fractured skull and was struck 20 times with batons by the military police officers. The people of Egypt did not fight so courageously to end the Mubarak regime for this! Read more, including Twitter exchange with the US embassy in Cairo...
Crimes are crimes and must be denounced whoever commits them. This government has passed yet another bar for disregarding the rule of law and the basic rights of people with the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and many of you are rightfully angry about that.
Friday December 16: Beginning of pre-trial hearings in the US Army's Court Martial of Bradley Manning
Saturday December 17: Vigil for Bradley's release on his 24th Birthday
Graham Nash posts a new song for Bradley! You can see the video on YouTube at
I can’t tell you anymore than this: The Bush regime’s invasion and occupation of Iraq, based on lies, was illegitimate, unjust, and immoral from the start. Barack Obama’s announcement yesterday that the “war is over” is wrong on so many levels. For those on the ground, the millions in Iraq, and the one million US military sent there, it won’t end.
The wealthiest country and military in the world leaves behind billions of dollars worth of trashed equipment, and civil and physical society in shambles.
A young soldier, Bradley Manning, formerly stationed in Iraq, will begin a court martial Friday at Ft. Meade, because the U.S. military claims he released classified information about the war to Wikileaks.
You've given generously to enable this movement to reach out broadly in the past, especially when it became time to say to Obama, "Crimes Are Crimes, No Matter Who Does Them." This year, we've met many new people who are just awakening to political life, and many who are re-energized by the vision of relying on ourselves to change the world as we've seen in the streets from Cairo to Madison to lower Manhattan. You know how important it is that this message reach many more, and can see the potential for a critical mass emerging in this country that stands with the people of the world first and foremost. As we raise funds to support plans for 2012, can you make an end-of-year tax deductible donation of $100?
Protest Cheney at Republican Fund-Raiser
- 12.12.2011 - 12.12.2011 17.30
- Hilton Garden Inn - Staten Island
Cheney will be at a fundraiser for the Staten Island Republican Party and will will be joined by his daughter, Liz.
Tickets are $100 per person. Special $500 VIP tickets are available.
Join with Occupy Staten Island and others to protest this major war criminal!
When we read Andy Worthington’s website telling the stories of the Guantánamo prisoners, we are shocked and dismayed and above all sick at heart. Stories of goat-herders, carpenters, farmers on their way to buy tractor parts who happened to be in the vicinity of an attack on US troops and who were wearing olive drab jackets--an item found in large numbers at the bazaar. Stories of people picked up because they had been named by local rivals. Stories of people sold to the US for the bounty being offered for “terrorists.” Stories of people working for the Karzai government arrested, beaten, and sent to Guantánamo for years. In some ways these are stories of error, incompetence, and over zealousness on the part of US military and intelligence personnel. But that would be to discount the actual horrors of what was inflicted on the bodies and minds of the prisoners when the rule of law and common
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.
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
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
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:
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).
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
12/8/11 - San Francisco CA
11/30/11 - Claremont CA
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.
"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.