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Heading for Inevitable Disaster

  Heading for Inevitable Disaster

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

In 1959, Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz liberated Cuba from imperial America, police state rule, and mafia bosses who turned the nation into a casino and brothel.

 

Cubans may want change, but won't tolerate recolonization under puppets serving Washington's interests.

Keeping the Syrian Pot Boiling

  Keeping the Syrian Pot Boiling

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

The ink's barely dry on the March 21 Security Council Presidential Statement. It called on both sides "to bring an immediate end to all violence" and engage in conflict resolution diplomacy.

 

Airlift of Donated Winter Baby Clothes for Afghans Ready to Take-off from Belgium

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UPDATED: UNPRECEDENTED PRIVATE EFFORT AIRLIFT OF DONATED WINTER BABY CLOTHES FOR AFGHAN CHILDREN ARRIVES

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SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 2012

Baby winter clothes and items arrive at sorting facility in Kabul, DHL volunteers.

The Shifting Strategies of Empire

Remarks at the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) Conference:

President Obama this week declared the war on Iraq to be an honorable success that has given us a brighter future. Are you fired up? Ready to go?

Eric Holder this month explained that it's legal for a president to kill anyone anywhere, or to imprison them, or to spy on them. I started to get upset about this, but then I remembered that Holder is a Democrat. That made me feel much better.

Palestinians Denied Essentials to Life

  Palestinians Denied Essentials to Life

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Besides persecution, repression, and injustice, deprivation defines life in Occupied Palestine. Essentials fall way below minimum standards. 

 

Shortages and crises affect water, sanitation, electricity, fuel, and vital healthcare when most needed.

Governor of Maine Sticks Out Tongue at Constituents - Guess Why

Governor of Maine Sticks Out Tongue at Constituents

Gov. Paul LePage of Maine sticks out his tongue at his constituents.

Photo credit: Peter Woodruff

Here's why:

Why I'm Now Endorsing Occupy the RNC

Three weeks ago I blogged that I would not endorse Occupy the RNC or DNC because both groups were refusing to state that they opposed violence.

Occupy the RNC has now put this on its website:

"We are not organizing actions, especially violent ones. That would just be stupid. We exist to provide information and facilitate logistics for people resisting the RNC."

Not how I would have put it.  Nor would I have added:

"Don't fuck with us. We'll sue you."

But foreswearing violence and calling it stupid is enough for me.  I wish Occupy DNC could bring itself to do as much.  Better yet, just add "We oppose violence and will not use it."

Protest War Criminal Gen. Stanley McChrystal in Baltimore on Tues. March 27

Join us for an important demonstration on Tuesday, March 27 in Baltimore, Md. in front of the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall to protest war criminal Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who will be there for a speaking engagement. People will be mobilizing from around the area to attend this protest and transportation will be organized from different parts of the region.

For five years, McChrystal was the head of the Joint Special Operations Command, a highly secretive force within the U.S. military which carries out covert operations ranging from combat missions to assassinations. The Joint Special Operations Command grew in size and scope under McChrystal, and now Adm. William H. McRaven is pushing for even greater autonomy and for a vast increase in the Special Operations presence in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Stopping the US Drone War: A Chilling Feature of War of Terror

Under the US global war of terror, 40% of the US budget goes to preserve and expand the US empire, killing people in the Middle East to protect a global system of exploitation. As an integral part of the terror program, drones are a weapon of choice. The Obama administration is coordinating drone strikes in at least six countries: Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan. In fact, these drones are being used eight times more by the Obama administration than by the Bush regime, in programs run by the military and the C.I.A. Obama’s Office of Legal Counsel argues that such strikes are legally justified under international law, basing its argument on the Bush doctrine of borderless, endless “war on terror.” On an almost daily basis, drones circle miles above Earth, following targets. The pilots may live and work out of Colorado or on a base in upstate NY or even in some other part of the world.

Worrisome Security Council Presidential Statement on Syria

  Worrisome Security Council Presidential Statement on Syria

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

After months of internal wrangling, Security Council members unanimously endorsed efforts to end Syrian violence. Or did they? More on that below.

 

Gaza Siege Harshness Continues

  Gaza Siege Harshness Continues

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel's claimed easing is false. Besieged Gazans remain isolated. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) assessed conditions in January.

 

Lawyers Guild Expects More Documents: Evidence Homeland Security Coordinated Occupy Crackdown

 

By Dave Lindorff

 

If you want to know where the real government of the United States is located, just check out one of the documents received by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund in response to their Freedom of Information Act request to the Dept. of Homeland Security relating to surveillance of the Occupy Movement. That document, from the Secret Service, dated September 17, 2011, the day the Occupy movement began on Wall Street, from the US Secret Service Intelligence Division, titled Prism Demonstrations Abstract, list the location as “Wall Street Bull” -- a reference to the bronze statue of a bull on Wall Street in front of the

 New York Stock Exchange, and the “protectee” as “The United States Government.”

Freedom or Death

  Freedom or Death

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On March 22, Hana Shalabi's 36th hunger strike day began. After examining her, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-I) said she's in imminent danger of death.

 

3-16-12 Demonstrators Outside Waldorf Astoria, NYC When Bush Speaks

On Thursday, March 15th, about 15 stalwarts protested George Bush's appearance at a meeting of the Drug, Chemical, and Associated Technologies Assn. to a host of NYPD and mixed reviews by those attending and those passing by.  The demand to prosecute Bush for war crimes received lots of thumbs up as well as thumbs down and some analysis -- both cogent and not.

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 by Sharon Pavlovich, War Criminals Watch

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.

 

Perils of Attacking Iran

  Perils of Attacking Iran

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

In mid-April, Istanbul or Geneva will host nuclear talks with Iran. America, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany will attend. Russian Foreign Secretary Sergei Lavrov calls them a "last chance" to avoid war.

 

New York Times Promotes War on Syria and Iran

  New York Times Promotes War on Syria and Iran

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

As America's leading broadsheet, what it reports matters, especially on war and peace. 

 

Instead of accuracy, full disclosure, and supporting right over wrong, The Times consistently cheerleads US wars and prospective ones.

Robots Kill, But the Blood Is on Our Hands

In her spare time, between nonstop peace activism and leading international exchanges, Medea Benjamin has somehow managed to write the best book yet on the most inhuman form of war yet.  The book is called "Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control."  The foreword by Barbara Ehrenreich and a form to pre-order the book are here.

Even if you've been reading everything you could about drones, attending peace conferences, and protesting in the lobbies of drone companies like General Atomics, you will learn a great deal from this book.  In fact, I'm willing to bet that even if you "pilot" drones from a desk for a living you will learn a great deal from this book.  And if you have not been paying attention to drones, then you really need to read this book.

Many Americans first heard about "unmanned aerial vehicles" as weapons when Colin Powell told the United Nations in 2003 that Iraq might use them to attack the United States.  This turned out to be a projection as well as a lie.  It was, of course, the United States that used drones, among other weapons, to attack Iraq for nine years, and the U.S. drones are still in the skies of Iraq today, as well in the skies of many other countries.

A Poem in TCBH!: Mars, oh Mars

 

Mars, oh Mars

  how pink you are!

You hang in the east –

  a blushing star,


Stepped-Up Pressure on Assad

  Stepped-Up Pressure on Assad

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Last weekend's anti-Assad Damascus and Aleppo terrorist violence reflects Washington's violent pursuit of regime change.

 

Peaceful resolution efforts are subverted. Obama's waging undeclared war. On March 19, Iran's Russian ambassador, Mahmoud Reza Sajjadi, explained US-style democracy, saying:

Dying for Justice

  Dying for Justice

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On March 20, Hana's 34th hunger strike day began. The previous day, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-I) said she's in imminent danger of dying.

 

Would You Stop a Friend from Destroying the Earth?

What would you do if someone had a button that could destroy the earth and they were walking across the room to push it?  Would you stand in the way?  Would you talk them out of it?  Would you sit by and watch, maybe make a sarcastic remark or two?  What if the button might destroy the earth or might just destroy part of it?  What if it might leave most of the earth intact but kill millions of people, but what if you had no way of being sure how far the destruction would spread? 

Here is an animation made by the Union of Concerned Scientists on the damage a strike on Iran would likely cause, including the death of three million people.

Here is a New York Times article on what would likely happen next, including a war at least regional in scope and involving the United States.

The information used in the animation above and reported by the New York Times as well comes from that peacenik hippie source of antiwar propaganda: the Pentagon, the same institution that says Iran has no nuclear weapons program.

Here's a lot more information on what attacking Iran would involve.

United for Peace and Justice has created a place where we can pledge not to sit by and watch: http://iranpledge.org

Here's the pledge:

"If the United States applies increased sanctions, invades, bombs, sends combat troops or drones, or otherwise significantly escalates its intervention in Iran or the region directly or through support of its allies, I pledge to join with others to engage in acts of legal protest and/or nonviolent civil disobedience to prevent or halt the death and destruction which U.S. military actions would cause to the people of Iran, the Middle East, our communities at home, and the planet itself."

When you take the pledge you can choose to commit to legal protest (is protesting still legal? who knew?) or nonviolent civil resistance (or "disobedience").  I encourage you to do both: http://iranpledge.org

Samantha Miller of Military Families Speak Out, who helped organize the pledge, told me, "Ten years of war have taken a serious toll on service members and their families.  Frequent deployments and lack of access to mental health care have left military communities in a precarious situation, with 18 veterans committing suicide every day.  We need to end the war in Afghanistan and take care of our veterans, not start new wars."

Medea Benjamin, cofounder Code Pink and Global Exchange, said "Right now, our government is hearing from the 1 percent who are gunning for a war with Iran. We, the 99%, must raise our voices and let our government know just how profoundly committed we are to stopping another catastrophic war. That's why I'm taking the pledge."

Imagine if 99 percent of us, or even 10 percent of us, took this pledge and followed through.  We would prevent this war and every other war to come.  War would be a thing of the past.

If we do not act, our species could end up becoming the thing of the past. 

Let's choose survival and peace.

Netanyahu's pretext for war - Islamic Jihad missiles

By Michael Collins

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has his pretext for an attack on Iran. He left Washington disappointed by President Obama's reluctance to saddle up for Armageddon. Now he's got the formula.

Haaretz (daily news), one of Israel's few liberal media voices, linked Gaza based missile attacks on Israel to the presence of Iranian military experts. This fits nicely into the Netanyahu strategy. Here's how Haaretz reported events:

"Iran pressured Islamic Jihad and popular resistance groups in Gaza to continue firing rockets into Israel despite cease-fire, says high-ranking Jerusalem official.

"Iranian military experts are active in the Gaza Strip and in Sinai, according to a high-ranking official in Jerusalem. The official said the Iranians entered the areas via Sudan and Egypt, and added that some of the rocket-launching systems in Gaza were manufactured under Iranian supervision." Haaretz.com, March 19

The paper went on to say how shocked members of the Israeli left were with the overall theme of the article announcing a unified Israel in support of an attack on Iran.

Of course, any attack is so crazy on so many levels, it is exhausting to comprehend. Aside from the potential collapse of the world economy and the pervasive suffering, let's focus on a sure fired reason that the United States won't green light such a move.

US Afghan Detainees Sent to Torture Prisons

  US Afghan Detainees Sent to Torture Prisons

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Post-9/11, torture became official US policy. Bush officials mandated it. Obama continues it in US overseas prisons and foreign ones, including in Afghanistan. 

 

White Sheets Surround Florida Teen's Slaying

 

By Linn Washington, Jr.


In March 1799 authorities in North Carolina found no fault in a teen fatally shooting a black man after confronting that man about his being on a public road.

Dear Department of Justice: Please Investigate Your Old Boss for Material Support of Terrorism!

Dear Department of Justice and Department of Treasury Officials: 

We might have just helped you bag another material supporter of terrorism this week!  And you'll never believe who the culprit is!  We were even able to tape record some of his own damning admissions!  (That's the reason for my calls last week to your duty attorneys and media offices.) 

Talk Nation Radio: The Power of Theater to End Militarism

Antiwar playwrite Karen Malpede, whose play Another Life is the focus of a Festival of Conscience now running in Brooklyn, N.Y., explains the development of drama as katharsis for antiwar veterans in ancient Greece and the power that the theater has to oppose militarism today.

Total run time: 29:00

Host: David Swanson.

Producer: David Swanson.

Engineer: Christiane Brown.

Music by Duke Ellington.

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