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Declaring Resistance

We continue with the history of World Can't Wait this month with a fuller picture of the years of creative work to make resistance to government-institutionalized torture a reality throughout all of US society. Scroll down for the latest news of how this work continues with reports on the protests and actions of this past week, and help make it all possible by sustaining.

9-10-11 Days One & Two of War Criminal Protests in NYC

Thursday., Sept. 8, 11:00 am – A small number of protesters organized by World Can’t Wait and CodePink arrived outside the Russian Tea Room to announce to passersby on West 57th Street  – via a banner, posters and leaflets –that the war criminal Donald Rumsfeld was in the vicinity.

New Book by Our Own Dennis Loo: Globalization and the Demolition of Society

Wil. E. Coyote, the American People, and What Is Up Now: This article is a slightly expanded version of a talk at the first book release party.  It provides an abbreviated introduction to a few of the key arguments and evidence in book. Rob Kall of OpEd News interviewed Dennis about the book for his radio show.

Help keep World Can't Wait Strong

This is a weekend to remember the victims of the global war OF Terror. With the 24/7 news cycle that ignores the harrowing crimes committed based on the tragedy of 9/11; many are left alienated if they do not agree with the official narrative. The past 10 years have brought death and destruction to Iraq and Afghanistan, the burial of the truth, and the demolition of whole cultures. Now is the time to connect with our friends and send a message to the world that these crimes are not in our names.
 
Let's re-commit to this community of resistance, join it by becoming a sustainer and let's spend the weekend talking with others about what the past 10 years have meant for the people of the world and the difference World Can't Wait makes.
 

Contemplating 9/11/2001

For the month of September, as the eyes of the country are turned to 9/11 and people are asked to once again channel their grief into support for unending war, we are returning to the history of this movement - which has always, from the start, held that American lives are not more valuable than other human beings. Please join in helping make this message, this movement, and a better future possible, through sustaining World Can't Wait today.

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.

September 11, 2011 - Memorialize All the Victims of the U.S. Global "War on Terror

Just what is it we're being told to "never forget" as we remember the events of 10 years ago?  Looking back at what the Bush regime did at the time:

CBS News
reported that, on the afternoon of 9/11/01, Donald Rumsfeld ordered the military to draw up plans to attack Iraq.  "Go massive. Sweep it all up. Things related and not."

How about this, directed at any nation or person who would question means taken by the United States in response by George Bush, September 20, 2001: "Every nation in every region now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists."  

Join us to give a NYC greeting to these war criminals Thurs. & Fri., Sept. 8th & 9th:

The people who brought us torture, indefinite detention, and trillion-dollar wars that have claimed countless Afghani, Iraqi and US lives should be indicted and prosecuted for their crimes, not honored as speakers and special guests at symposia, memorials and fancy dinners.

People of conscience must insist on accountability for the actions of U.S. officials.

Come to one or more and demonstrate with War Criminals Watch, World Can’t Wait, CodePink, Witness Against Torture and others at the following:

Protest Donald Rumsfeld
September 8, 2011, 11:00 am
Hudson Union Society – Outside Carnegie Hall, 57th St.

Protest John Yoo
September 8, 2011, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Stop US War Crimes Now on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11

by Debra Sweet, National Director, World Can't Wait.  I credit The World Can't Wait's founding work to "drive out the Bush regime" in the summer of 2005 with helping to change public perception of George W. Bush from "dumb" to "dangerous." As the former president will stand at the World Trade Center on Sunday memorializing those killed on 9/11/01, we should keep firmly in mind the truly massive crimes unleashed under the rubric of the "global war on terror."

September 11, 2011: Memorial for the Victims of the US Global War on Terror

by Debra Sweet, Director, World Can't Wait

Sunday 9/11 1:00 pm City Hall Park, New York City and virtually on 911globalmemorial.net  Your participation in this global memorial through your art work is crucial. How You Can Participate.

We are asking artists and anyone else who would like to participate in this global memorial to please submit your content for this website.  Contact us at info.911memorial@gmail.com.

Protest BUSH Era+ War Criminals when they converge on NYC- September 2011

by Debra Sweet, Director, World Can't Wait                                                                                                                           

Keystone Pipeline Protest: Crossing the Line with Beauty & Resolve

by Debra Sweet, Director, World Can't Wait

Last Friday, I joined 53 others in getting hand-cuffed by Park Police after we sat in front of the White House for a few minutes in protest of the Keystone oil pipeline proposed to run from Alberta Canada down to Texas refineries.  Before Hurricane Irene hit North Carolina a day later, it was hot and still in Washington, and sweaty sitting on the pavement in front of the White House.  I realized that most often it’s been cold or rainy when we stood or laid down there in protest against U.S. wars and torture.

August 26, 2011 White House Protest v. Keystone Pipeline Photo: Josh Lopez

More on the Use of Torture Within US Prisons

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

Join The Tar Sands Protest in DC Aug. 20-Sept. 3! Stop the Keystone Pipeline!

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

US May Keep Troops in Afghanistan until 2024 and Beyond

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

The UK Daily Telegraph had an alarming headline last week: "US Troops to Remain in Afghanistan Until 2004."  The United States military and the subservient Karzai government are "negotiating" from their very different positions on the continuation of U.S. military presence there, long beyond the 2014 date that the Obama administration has most recently announced:

Film "Incident in Baghdad" May Be An Oscar Contender

by Debra Sweet, National Director of World Can't Wait                                                                                                                            Help get "Incident in New Baghdad" in the running for an Oscar.

Protesting the 10th year Anniversary of the US Invasion of Afghanistan

 

by Debra Sweet, National Director of World Can't Wait                                                                                                                                                                            For Ten Years the Richest Country in the World Has Been "At War" With the Poorest Country in the World

 

 

Stop The Pipeline

By Debra Sweet, Director of World Can't Wait                                                                                                                                                                                          August 20 - through September 3.  More than 2,000 people are signed up for civil disobedience to stop federal approval of the Keystone Pipeline from Canada's tar sands to Texas refineries.  The 

Thursday, October 06, 2011: Protest to End 10 YEARS of US Occupation of Afghanistan

by Debra Sweet, Director of World Can't Wait                                                                                                                                Several thousand people have signed up to be at Freedom Square in Washington DC on Thursday October 6.  This day was chosen because it's the precise 10 year anniversary of Bush's invasion.  It's a "work" day, and a day we can expect maximum coverage of the war.  Join World Can't Wait there!  On the 

We Remember the Victims of the U.S. Global War on Terror

By Debra Sweet, Director of World Can't Wait                                                                                                                                   In the days after 9/11/01, as the dust hung over lower Manhattan and a frantic search continued for those who died in the World Trade Center, thousands of Muslims were rounded up by the U.S. government and held in detention indefinitely, many to be deported.

Ten Years: Our Message To The World

By Debra Sweet, Director of World Can't Wait                                                                                                                                                                                      It's worth examining the administration's public statements, downplayed as they were, about the biggest loss of U.S. military personnel so far in Afghanistan.

War Criminals Converging on NYC for 10th Anniversary of 9/11

Major US war criminals, including Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and John Yoo will descend on NYC for the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

These are the people who brought us torture, indefinite detention, and trillion-dollar wars that have claimed countless Afghani, Iraqi and US lives. They should be indicted and prosecuted for their crimes, not honored as speakers and special guests at symposia, memorials and fancy dinners. The brutality of the “war on terror” and the US wars of aggression are condemned both by the courtof global public opinion and by international law, including the Geneva Conventions and the Convention against Torture.

War Criminal Cheney Bookmarks Ready to Insert in His New Book

Stock up on these War Criminal Dick Cheney bookmarks so you may insert them into Cheney's new book "In My Time", when it hits the bookstores on August 30th.

 

Go to: http://warcriminalswatch.org/i​mages/stories/pdfs/cheney_book​mark_a.pdf

Kissinger Quiz

 

Join War Criminals Watch, World Can't Wait, Code Pink, East Timor & Indonesia Action Network and others to protest Kissinger book party and interview at the Citigroup Center, 52 & 53rd St on Park Ave, Manhattan at 5-7pm.

Take the Kissinger Quiz. See how much you know and what you might learn about this primier war criminal.

Vintage Kissinger Quotes and More

Henry Kissinger:
National Security Advisor 1969-1975 and Secretary of State 1973-1977

The principle of "universal jurisdiction" applies and states that crimes against humanity
are indictable and punishable everywhere in the world. The International Criminal Court
charged with fulfilling this principle has received more than the 60-nation vote required
for its establishment – an exception is the US, which has not "signed on."
During the period 1969-1977 when Kissinger played a major role in US foreign policy
untold numbers of civilian deaths in countries around the world can be laid to US
bombs, covert operations and direct assassinations.

Kissinger's Back!

Hey New Yorkers! Kissinger's back in NYC. Come out and join the protest demo on Mon., July 18th!
5pm - 7 pm at the Citigroup Center, Manhattan.

For more details:
http://warcriminalswatch.org/index.php/wcw-events/details/837-kissinger-...

July 2011 War Criminals Appearances/Protests

Check out U.S. War Criminals appearances this month to see if any will be in your area. Help organize a demonstration if there's not one planned. Contact us and we will give you a hand. We have leaflets and other material you can download from our website www.warcriminalswatch.org

For information about Who, Where and When:
http://warcriminalswatch.org/index.php/take-action/95-war-criminal-appea...

Guantánamo - Torture - Crimes We Are All Concerned

by Marie
Marie is a French student in a political sciences school currently interning for the summer at World Can’t Wait's National Office in New York.

The purpose of this article is not to find an answer for each question I had or wondered. Neither is it to explain all the issues of Guantánamo, but rather to show what people really think and to speak up for what I believe is fair and that which represents my values.

A week ago, the director of World Can’t Wait, Debra Sweet, and I talked about my trip to Washington, DC for the Witness Against Torture protest demanding, “Close Guantánamo.” We decided I would be free to write anything I wanted.
I then reflected it would be interesting to interview activists and people involved in organizations against torture, crimes and Guantánamo Bay, as well as American citizens and foreign tourists to collect a maximum of varied opinions.

Stop Bombing Libya

by Bob Parsons, World Can't Wait

July 9 at the White House at Noon

The Answer Coalition is calling for people across the country to demand an end to the bombing of Libya: "After more than 100 consecutive days of bombing, the main complaint of the NATO bombers is that they are running out of missiles and bombs. President Obama tries to placate public opinion at home by asserting that the United States has taken a 'backseat' in the campaign. In fact, the United States bombers have carried out 801 strike sorties against Libya."

"Hundreds of thousands of Libyans took to the streets again in recent days in Tripoli to demand an end to the bombing of their cities and country. Of course, their mass actions and voices are never reported in the corporate-backed media."

Continuing to Expand the Mission of The World Can't Wait & War Criminals Watch

by Debra Sweet, Director of The World Can't Wait

Announcing a two-part sustainer drive that humanity needs you to be a part of!

We have a goal of 50 more sustainers, collectively giving $1,000 monthly by July 31st, and another round doing the same in September so that we can continue and expand the mission of World Can’t Wait.

By the end of the month, with you as a sustainer, we can gain the footing to take on the mounting crimes. We could not exist without our 60 current sustainers, but with this plan, by September 31st our shoe-string operational budget can be met.

Contact samantha@worldcantwait.org or 1-866-973-4463

Women in Afghanistan, Bombing of Libya and Gaza

by Debra Sweet
Director of The World Can't Wait

The Summer 2011 issue of On The Issues Magazine probes peace activism, feminism, and war reality. I was asked to contribute an article, so I wrote The Cruel Lie: Bombing To Liberate Women. An excerpt:

"The United Nations reported on a study in 2010 that "Rising numbers of women and girls aged 15-40 are attempting suicide in Afghanistan," even as the Karzai government in 2011 is moving to shut down shelters for abused women funded by international aid organizations, western governments and private donors. New rules being drafted by president Hamid Karzai's government would bar private safe houses for women who are fleeing abuse and place new rules on those seeking refuge in the country's 14 public shelters, including forcing women to submit to medical examinations and evicting them if their families want them back, according to an article in the Washington Post on March 5, 2011...

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