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Witness Against Torture: Day 3 of the Fast for Justice

Dear friends,
Joy, gratitude, and greetings to you!  We've had a full day of reflections, meetings, rehearsals, and street theater that we hope you will enjoy reading about and seeing on flickr and facebook.

Morale is good here, and we continue to expand as new people arrive in DC to witness with us.  It's exciting to feel the energy building.

Thank you for your solidarity, as we join our spirits with those of our brothers in Guantánamo.

In Peace,

Witness Against Torture
www.witnesstorture.org

*Please share your fasting experiences with us so we can pass them on to the larger community.*

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1)        DAY 3 – Wednesday, January 7

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DAY 3 - Wednesday, January 7

This morning was a time for introspection and community-building. Sitting in our circle, we all wrote personal responses to prompts that we knew also loom large for the men in Guantanamo.  Luke invited us each to think about people and experiences that have deeply affected us.  Specifically, he asked us to remember people we love, why we love these people, and to also recall instances of separation from and reunion with loved ones.

As we shared our responses around the circle, we felt a growing sense of community and caring. We brought our families and friends into our circle. We also brought the men in Guantanamo into the circle, knowing they have loved ones that they dearly miss and hope they will soon be reunited with. We understood the importance of seeing the prisoners in all of their humanity, not just as numbers in a prison.

Later in the morning we created and rehearsed an action that we took to Union Station here in D.C.  Using words from a letter written by Fahd Ghazy to his lawyer, a large painted banner of his face, a number of signs, and songs, we presented a performance piece attempting to show his humanity to people moving through the station. We spent over 45 minutes in the station doing our performance three times as we processed from one location to another.

During the dramatic readings of his words, we sang and hummed this song:

We’re gonna to build a nation

That don’t torture no one

But it’s going to take courage  

For that change to come

As we walked out of the building we also sang:

            Courage, Muslim brothers

            You do not walk alone

            We will walk with you

And sing your spirit home

Outside of Union Station, Frank invited us to form a circle and briefly express our feelings about the action we’d just created.  Several people expressed surprise and gratitude because of having transformed the spaces inside.

In the evening, Dr. Maha Hilal, an activist who has been part of WAT and has just earned her doctorate, came to share her dissertation. It’s title is “Too Damn Muslim to Be Trusted: The War on Terror and the Muslim American Response.” Her study documented the beliefs and attitudes of Muslim Americans about being targeted since 9/11 - with a majority feeling diminished senses of legal and cultural citizenship.

Malachy Kilbride, who will join our group later in the week, wrote a reflection to share. Here is an excerpt:

The fasting is a spiritual act of solidarity as we align ourselves with the suffering of the Guantanamo captives, their families and friends, and the injustice of this whole bloody mess. The fast in and of itself will not bring an end to this terrible travesty. In a way though, the fasting will also highlight the hunger strikes of the prisoners. Prisoners of Guantanamo have engaged in hunger strikes now for years to protest the illegality of their confinement, treatment, their torture, and their helplessness and hopelessness. In fasting we stand with them, the men who starve for justice.

‘A bizarre excursion into the surreal’: Is the Islamic State Really Such a Psychological Enigma?

By John Grant


By all means let’s mourn together; but let’s not be stupid together.
                -Susan Sontag


The costly debacle known as the Iraq War put the US government in a tough spot that's now exacerbated by the rise of the Islamic State in Anbar Province and western Syria.

Close Guantanamo NOW! Stand with Shaker Aamer.

 Close the US Torture Camp at Guantanamo NOW!  Stand with Shaker Aamer, Fahd Gazy & all the Prisoners Unjustly Held  On January 11, the US torture camp at Guantanamo will have been open 13 years.  More than 100 men are still held, the majority of whom were cleared for release years ago.  They suffer not knowing if they will be released, held indefinitely.  Some are still on protest hunger strike, and being force-fed by the U.S. military.

Ukraine/Russia News - Jan 7, 2015

 

HRW Calls on Germany to Pressure Ukraine Government on Civilian Casualties - VOA


Ukraine: Civilians Need Greater Protection - Human Rights Watch


Kiev's brutal strategy in eastern Ukraine - LA Times


Czech president says Yatsenyuk pushes war in Ukraine’s southeast  - Strategic Culture Foundation


VIDEO: Yatsenyuk called 'war prime minister' by Czech President Zeman - uatoday.tv


Right Sector units refuse to obey orders of Ukrainian Defense Ministry - TASS


Ukrainian Ultrarightist Groups March in Memory of Bandera; Protesters Seize LifeNews Camera (PHOTOS) - Interpreter_Mag


Ukraine National Security Council head demands Inter TV channel be stripped of license for showing performances by a number of Russian artists on New Year’s night - TASS

 

Ukraine Security Service puts Russian singers, actors on wanted list - TASS

 

Ukraine: Donbass refugees beaten for pro-Russian ice sculpture in Dnepropetrovsk - ibtimes.co.uk

 

Separatist 'Batman' Leader Killed With 6 Of His Fighters In 'Arrest' By LNR Forces (PHOTOS) - Interpreter_Mag

 

Batman Battalion Members Say in Interview that Bednov and Guards Were Killed in Ambush (VIDEO) - Interpreter_Mag

 

VIDEO: Ex-insurgent leader Girkin urges militants to abandon east Ukraine war after upsurge in infighting - uatoday.tv

 

Was Ukrainian BUK 312 stolen by pro-Russian separatists (PHOTOS)? - Ukraine@war

 

Is this Ukrainian Buk a Clue in the MH17 Investigation or a Red Herring (PHOTOS)? - bellingcat

 

Dutch blogger Max Vanderwerff’s analysis debunking the Buk-M1 "missile plume” theory (PHOTOS) - docdroid.net

 

Did This Ukrainian Soldier Prove Ukraine Shot Down MH17? - bellingcat

 

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Ukraine Suffers Highest Annual Inflation Rate In 14 Years, nearly 25 percent - rferl.org


Ukraine Bonds at 60 Cents Seen Signaling Risk of Default - Bloomberg


Russian gas exports to Ukraine dropped by 50% in 2014 - RT Business


Gazprom concerned over Ukraine’s possible siphoning off of Russian gas - TASS


Ukraine’s 2014 gas imports from Europe soar to 5.1 Bcm - Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

 

Gas tariffs in Ukraine will increase in first quarter of 2015 - Censor.NET

 

EC and Ukraine will hold consultations through fees that violate the Association Agreement - Ukrainian Crisis

 

Can This Man Save Ukraine's Economy? - Bloomberg View

 

Shadow Bankers now run Ukraine - Sputnik UK

 

Russia Is Still Ukraine's Largest Trading Partner - forbes.com

 

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VIDEO: Ukrainian military spokseman: More Russian army soldiers sent to Ukraine, Kremlin troops 'disguised as local fighters' - YouTube


How Russians Are Sent to Fight in Ukraine - newsweek.com


The list of Russian soldiers who died in Ukraine. So far 250 identified - Nataliya Gumenyuk on Twitter


Most Russian soldiers killed in Donbas ‘came from Moscow, Dagestan and Rostov’: Report - UNIAN news


La Repubblica: Putin Decree Enables Foreigners To Serve In Russian Military Because Of War In Ukraine - mw.ua


Ukraine's top intelligence agency deeply infiltrated by Russian spies - mashable.com


Intercepted phone conversation suggests Russia will supply weapons, vehicles to rebels - Kyiv Post on Twitter

 

Did Russia Send a New Batch of Military Vehicles to Separatists Controlled Ukraine (PHOTOS)? - bellingcat

 

Further Evidence that Russian BPM-97 Armor Used by Russian-Backed Fighters in Ukraine (PHOTOS, VIDEO) - Interpreter_Mag

 

Russian armor attacking Ukrainian positions from Styla (VIDEOS) - Ukraine@war

 

Russian Gvozdika 122 mortar team on standby near MH17 crash area (PHOTOS) - Ukraine@war

 

Russian electronic warfare station discovered in Donbas, says Tymchuk - UNIAN news

 

Google Earth shows biggest Russian camp ever near Ukrainian border - (PHOTOS) - Ukraine@war

 

New Satellite Evidence Provides Additional Proof Russia Fired Grad Rockets Into Ukraine (VIDEO, PHOTOS) - Interpreter_Mag

 

Russia to form 11th humanitarian convoy for Donbas early January - TASS

 

OSCE To Double Size Of Ukraine Monitoring Mission - rferl.org

 

NATO's priority in 2015: Setting up reaction force in Europe designed as a deterrent to Russia - AP

 

US and Russia in danger of returning to era of nuclear rivalry - The Guardian

 

Putin Makes His First Move in Race to Control the Arctic - newsweek.com

 

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Cops prove they aren't really needed: NY's Mayor Should Fire All Protesting Cops and Apply Payroll Savings to Better Things

By Dave Lindorff


A huge number of entitled, mostly white cops in New York City, who have apparently been engaging in a two-week job action to protest their boss's (that's Mayor Bill deBlasio's) support for protesters against the police killing of Eric Garner, a black man busted for selling "loosie" cigarettes on the street on Staten Island, may be unintentionally offering the public a demonstration of their own irrelevance.

Bookmarks for War Criminal Erik Prince's New Book

War criminal Erik Prince’s new book "Civilian Warriors" has hit bookstore shelves and really belongs in the Crime section. Please move some copies there and be sure to place a “Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Lying, Killing and War Profiteering” bookmark in some copies! Just click on the link below, download the page with bookmarks, print double sided,cut and insert bookmark in the books.   http://warcriminalswatch.org/images/stories/pdfs/ErikPrince_Bookmark_2015.pdf

Ten Questions for Conservatives

Now that the Republican Party―the conservative voice in mainstream U.S. electoral politics―has attained the most thoroughgoing control of Congress that it has enjoyed since 1928, it’s an appropriate time to take a good look at modern conservatism.

Talk Nation Radio: Kristin Christman on the Taxonomy of Peace

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Kristin Y. Christman is author of The Taxonomy of Peace, a work that analyzes the aggressive and defensive roots of violence in the Middle East and the United States, as well as mental, legal, and physical escalators of violence, and solutions to violence.  She discusses the significance of her work to foreign policy, as well as recent op-ed writings pertaining to U.S. attitudes towards Russia, the Middle East, and police violence in Ferguson and New York City.  Her work is online at  http://sites.google.com/site/paradigmforpeace

Also read these articles by Christman:
The Religion of War
The Atom of Peace
Excessive Force With a Clean Conscience
Iceberg
Practical Problem-Solving

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Actions in DC This Week

Witness Against Torture has activities going on in Washington, D.C., January 5-13
http://www.witnesstorture.org

Saturday, January 10th: Along with CodePink: tour homes and offices of famous torturers. Meet at 8 a.m. at Frying Pan Park, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171.

Saturday, January 10th at 8 p.m. at First Trinity Lutheran Church, 4th St and E St NW (Judicial Square stop on the Redline) Along with Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: A panel discussion on "From Ferguson to Guantanamo: Institutionalized Brutality and Torture." Experts will connect the dots between the police killing of unarmed African Americans in the U.S. and the brutal treatment of Muslim men imprisoned at Guantanamo. The panelists include Kathy Kelly (Voices for Creative Nonviolence), Marsha Coleman-Adebayo (DC Hands-Up Coalition), Salim Adofo (#FergusonDC) and a Center for Constitutional Rights attorney.  (Others to be announced.) The Peace Poets from New York will begin and end the evening with performances.

Monday, January 12th: Witness Against Torture’s Nonviolent Direct Action. TBD.

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DC Ferguson has events planned:
http://dcferguson.org

Wednesday, January 7th at 5pm we will meet at Minnesota Avenue station to flyer for our upcoming action on Thursday, January 15th.

Saturday, January 10th at 7pm we will meet at Congress Heights station to gather signatures for the jump-out petition.

Tuesday, January 13th at 5pm we will meet at Rhode Island Avenue station to flyer for our upcoming action on Thursday, January 15th.

Thursday, January 15th (MLK’s birthday) at 7am we will meet at Mt. Vernon Square Park to shutdown downtown!

Presidents Are Gods

A former Governor of Virginia is expected to be sentenced to a long stay in prison. The same fate has befallen governors in states across the United States, including in nearby Maryland, Tennessee, and West Virginia. A former governor of Illinois is in prison. Governors have been convicted of corruption in Rhode Island, Louisiana, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Connecticut, and (in a trumped-up partisan scam) in Alabama. The statewide trauma suffered by the people of states that have locked up their governors has been . . . well, nonexistent and unimaginable.

Locking U.S. presidents up for their crimes is a different story. Former President Richard Nixon's understanding that whatever a president does is legal has not been challenged since he made that comment. The Washington Post -- not exactly a Nixon supporter -- has the same understanding now. The Post recently justified the latest proposal to re-ban torture by explaining that even though torture was already banned, President George W. Bush tortured and therefore had found a legal way around the law. In other words, because he hasn't been prosecuted, what he did was legal.

The New York Times, which urged prosecuting former President George W. Bush for torture six years ago, recently wrote this:

"Who should be held accountable? That will depend on what an investigation finds, and as hard as it is to imagine Mr. Obama having the political courage to order a new investigation, it is harder to imagine a criminal probe of the actions of a former president. But any credible investigation should include . . . "

The editorial goes on to list the people who should be prosecuted, up to and including the former vice president. But the president gets a pass, not on the basis of some reasoned argument, but because the authors cannot imagine a president being held accountable for crimes. They or their colleagues could imagine it several years ago but have progressed to the point where it has become unthinkable.

The state flag of Virginia, or any other of the 50 states, can be turned into a table cloth or a picnic blanket. It can be used to keep the rain off your firewood. Or it can be burned to get your fire started. Nobody cares what you do with it. Children aren't forced to pray to it every morning in school. It's just a flag. And because it's just a flag, nobody has any interest in abusing it, and virtually nobody would recognize what it was if they saw it burned or trampled or turned into a bathrobe or a bikini. The flag of Virginia, although we don't actually imagine it as having feelings, is treated just fine. So are state songs, even though nobody is required to stand and sing them with a fascistic pose as troops march by.

The same is true of state governors. They're treated with civility and respect. They're honored when they perform well and held accountable when they abuse power. Understood as human beings, they aren't abused as anything less. But they are not gods. And they are not gods because they are not makers of war.

Presidents make wars. And they now do so without any formal checks on their power. They can destroy the earth with the push of a button. They can destroy a hut or a village or a city at their discretion. Their killer flying robots rain hell from the skies worldwide, and neither Congress nor the Washington Post nor the people who lock up governors for taking bribes can even imagine questioning that power, that privilege, that divine right.

Congress may, it is true, "authorize" one of the current wars for three more years after allowing it to proceed illegally for several months. Or it may not. Nobody cares. The pretense that it matters is a vestige of a time in which we saw presidents differently.

But if murdering large numbers of people doesn't disturb us, if we've all concluded that murder is morally superior to imprisonment and torture and that there is no third option, are we perhaps capable of spotting a problem in what presidents have become in relation to the rule of law? Should it not disturb us that we've given single individuals for 4- or 8-year runs more power than King George III ever dreamed of, and that we've collectively declared any declaration of independence unimaginable?

The demise of mainstream journalism, Chapter II: Philadelphia Inquirer Pimps for Philly Cop Chief

By Dave Lindorff


When I was starting out as a reporter back in 1972, working for a little family-owned daily, the Middletown Press in central Connecticut, I had editors and a publisher who demanded the best from us. If I was covering a story -- whether it was a police blotter report, a town meeting, or a controversial decision by a local zoning board -- and I failed to ask an important question, I inevitably got a call from the editor telling me to get it answered and inserted into my article.

The Atlantic Can't Figure Out Why U.S. Loses Wars

The cover of the January-February 2015 The Atlantic asks "Why Do The Best Soldiers in the World Keep Losing?" which leads to this article, which fails to answer the question.

The main focus of the article is the by now endlessly familiar discovery that most U.S.-Americans are not in the military. The article is accompanied by another advocating a draft. The claim in the main article is that because most people are disconnected from the military they are more willing to send it off into unwinnable wars.

Nowhere does the author, James Fallows, attempt to so much as hint at what makes the wars unwinnable. He does claim that the last war that was in any way victorious for the United States was the Gulf War. But he can't mean that it resolved a crisis. It was a war followed by bombings and sanctions and, in fact, the repeated revival of the war, ongoing and escalating even now.

What Fallows must mean is that once the U.S. military had done what it can do -- namely, blow stuff up -- in the Gulf War, it more or less stopped. The early days in Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq 2003 saw very similar "victories," as did Libya 2011 and numerous other U.S. wars. Why Fallows ignores Libya I don't know, but Iraq and Afghanistan go down as losses in his book, I think, not because there's no draft or because the military and Congress are corrupt and build the wrong weapons, but because after blowing everything up, the military stuck around for years trying to make people like it by murdering their friends and family members. Such occupations are virtually unwinnable, as in Vietnam and numerous other places, because people will not accept them, and because military attempts to create acceptance are counterproductive. A better military with more self-criticism, a draft, and an audited budget would not alter this fact in the slightest.

Fallows' contention that nobody pays any attention to wars and militarism misses the point, but it is also overstated. "I'm not aware," he writes, "of any midterm race for the House or Senate in which matters of war and peace . . . were first-tier campaign issues." He's forgotten 2006 when exit polls showed ending the war on Iraq as the number one motivator of voters after numerous candidates opposed the war they would escalate as soon as they were in office.

Fallows also overstates the impact of public separation from the military. He believes it was possible to make fun of the military in popular culture when, and because, more of the public was closer to the military through family and friends. But this avoids the general downward slide of the U.S. media and the militarization of U.S. culture which he has not shown to be completely attributable to disconnection.

Fallows thinks that Obama would not have been able to make everyone "look forward" and avoid contemplating military disasters if "Americans had felt effected by the wars' outcome." No doubt, but is the answer to that problem a draft or a bit of education? It doesn't take much to point out to U.S. college students that student debt is unheard of in some nations that fight fewer wars. The U.S. has killed huge numbers of men, women, and children, made itself hated, made the world more dangerous, destroyed the environment, discarded civil liberties, and wasted trillions of dollars that could have done a world of good spent otherwise. A draft would do nothing to make people aware of that situation. And Fallows' focus only on the financial cost of a war -- and not on the 10-times-greater cost of the military justified by the wars -- encourages acceptance of what Eisenhower warned would generate more warfare.

Fallows' effort to look backwards also seems to miss the robotization of U.S. wars. No draft is going to turn us into drones, the pilots of which death machines are themselves disconnected from the wars.

Still, Fallows has a point. It is utterly bizarre that the least successful, most wasteful, most expensive, most destructive public program is largely unquestioned and generally trusted and revered by most of the public. This is the operation that coined the term SNAFU for godsake, and people are ready to believe its every wild tale. Gareth Porter explains the knowingly doomed decision to re-launch the Iraq war in 2014 as a political calculation, not as a means of pleasing profiteers, and of course not as a means of accomplishing anything. Of course, war profiteers work very hard to manufacture the sort of public that insists on or tolerates lots of wars, and the political calculation may be related to pleasing elites more than the general public. It is still worth framing as the greatest cultural crisis before us -- alongside climate denial -- that too many people are willing to cheer for wars and even more to accept the permanent war economy. Anything that shakes up that situation is to be applauded.

War Is So 2014

By Joan Brunwasser, OpEdNews

President Obama has been credited with "ending" and "drawing down" this war [in Afghanistan] not only while expanding it to triple the size but also for a longer period of time than various other major wars combined.The catch is that this war is not over or ending. This year was more deadly than any of the previous 12. War is optional, that it is not imposed on us, that we have the responsibility to scale it back or to end it.

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Out With Empty Shirts, Pastel Ties, and the Neoconna Prima Donna

 

 


Rebuilding the Obama-Putin Trust

 

 

Editor Note: Heading into the last quarter of his presidency, Barack Obama must decide whether he will let the neocons keep pulling his strings or finally break loose and pursue a realistic foreign policy seeking practical solutions to world problems, including the crisis with Russia over Ukraine.

By Ray McGovern

The year 2015 will surely mark a watershed in relations between the United States and Russia, one way or the other. However, whether tensions increase – to war-by-proxy in Ukraine or an even wider war – or whether they subside depends mostly on President Barack Obama.

Appearances/Protests of War Criminals for January 2015.

Dick Cheney    1/26/15 Vero Beach FL

David Petraeus  1/17/15 Vero Beach FL

Karl Rove   1/16/15 Salt Lake City UT;    1/22/15 Concord CA;     1/27/15 Hollywood CA

Hitting a journalistic nadir: Cold-War-Style Propaganda Posing as News at the New York Times

By Dave Lindorff


As shameful a propagandist for Washington’s war machine as the New York Times has been over the years, sometimes I still cannot believe the brazenness of its abandonment of even a pretext of dispassionate journalistic standards. One of those moments came today, when I read the left-column page-one article by Jim Yardley and Jo Becker headlined “How Putin Forged a Pipeline Deal that Derailed.”

New TCBH! poem by Gary Lindorff: 'Grinding my Ax'

By Gary Lindorff

 

My ax is grinding
All by itself!
I can hear it giving itself to the grinding wheel
Every day when I wake up,
Most nights when I go to bed.
 
I am just grinding it.
 
What would I use it for?
To cut down my enemies to size?
To swing against the foundations of the NSA?
To destroy the diabolical machinery
That is excavating the tarsands in Alberta?
To obliterate all the missiles and missile silos...


The Challenge of the Islamic State and U.S. Policy

By Karl Meyer and Kathy Kelly

What to do about the political mess in the Middle East and the rise of the Islamic State and related political movements?

Shortly after the end of World War II, the Western powers and the whole world began to recognize that the age of explicit colonial domination was over, and dozens of colonies were let go of and took political independence.

It is now past time for the United States and other world powers to recognize that the age of neo-colonial military, political and economic domination, especially in the Islamic Middle East, is decisively coming to a close.

Attempts to maintain it by military force have been disastrous for ordinary people trying to survive in the affected countries. There are powerful cultural currents and political forces in motion in the Middle East that simply will not tolerate military and political domination. There are thousands of people prepared to die rather than accept it.

U.S. policy will find no military fix for this reality.

Stopping Communism by military imposition of subservient government did not work in Vietnam, even with the presence of a half million U.S. troops at one period, the sacrifice of millions of Vietnamese lives, the direct death of about 58,000 U.S. soldiers, and hundreds of thousands of U.S. physical and mental casualties, still ongoing today.

Creating a stable, democratic, friendly government in Iraq has not worked even with the presence of at least a hundred thousand U.S. paid personnel at one period, the cost of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi casualties and deaths, the loss of about 4,400 U.S. troops to direct death, and many more thousands to physical and mental casualties, ongoing today and for many more years to come. The U.S. military attack and occupation has led to fratricidal civil war, economic disaster and misery for millions of ordinary Iraqis trying to survive.

The results in Afghanistan are proving very similar: dysfunctional government, massive corruption, civil war, economic disruption, and misery for millions of ordinary people, at a cost of thousands of deaths, and uncounted thousands of Afghan, U.S., European, and allied casualties, that will continue to manifest symptoms for decades to come.

The U.S./European military intervention in the Libyan revolt left Libya in an unresolved condition of dysfunctional government and civil war.

The Western response to the rebellion in Syria, encouraging and fostering civil war, at the cost of death or misery for millions of Syrian refugees, has only made the situation worse for most Syrians.

We need to think, above all else, about the terrible costs of each of these military interventions for ordinary people trying to live, raise families and survive in each of these countries.

These awful failures of U.S. and European military intervention have led to immense cultural resentment among millions of serious and thoughtful people in Islamic countries of the Middle East. The evolution and emergence of the Islamic State and other militant movements is one challenging response to these realities of economic and political chaos.

Now the United States is engaging in another military intervention, bombing targets in areas of Islamic State control, and trying to persuade surrounding Arab states and Turkey to enter the fray by putting their troops at risk on the ground. The expectation that this will work out better than the interventions cited above seems to us another huge mistake, one that will be equally disastrous for ordinary people caught in the middle.

It is time for the U.S. and Europe to recognize that civil wars in the Middle East will be resolved by the emergence of the most powerful and best organized local movements, in spite of what the U.S. Government agencies, on the one hand, or worldwide humanitarian communities, on the other hand, might prefer.

They may also lead to the rearrangement of national boundaries in the Middle East that were arbitrarily set by European colonial powers a hundred years ago at the end of World War I. This has already occurred with Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, and other eastern European countries.

What U.S. Policies Might Foster Political Stability and Economic Recovery in Areas of Conflict?

1) The U.S. should end its current provocative drive toward military alliances and missile deployments encircling the boundaries of Russia and China. The U.S. should accept pluralism of economic and political power in the contemporary world. Present policies are provoking a return to Cold War with Russia, and a tendency to begin a Cold War with China This is a lose/lose proposition for all countries involved.

2) By turning toward a reset of policy toward cooperating with Russia, China and other influential countries within the framework of the United Nations, the United States could foster international mediation and political pressure from a broad consensus of countries to resolve the civil wars in Syria and other countries by negotiation, devolution of power, and other political solutions. It might also reset its relationship toward friendly cooperation with Iran in the Middle East and resolve the threat of nuclear weapons proliferation in Iran, North Korea and any other potential nuclear weapons states. There is no essentially inherent reason why the U.S. needs to continue a hostile relationship with Iran.

3) The U.S. should offer reparations to ordinary people harmed by U.S. military interventions, and generous medical and economic aid and technical expertise wherever it may be helpful in other countries, and thus build a reservoir of international goodwill and positive influence.

4) It’s time to embrace a post-neo-colonial period of international cooperation through diplomatic institutions, international organizations, and non-governmental initiatives.

Join Witness Against Torture’s Annual Fast, Rally, and Direct Action to Close Guantánamo and End Torture


The WAT community will gather together in Washington D.C. from January 5th thru January 13th. You are invited to fast with us for a day, fast with us from Jan. 5-12, and to join us in Washington!

This January 11, 2015, the detention facility at Guantánamo will enter its fourteenth year of operation. Despite the recent release of some detained men, more than 100 remain imprisoned, including dozens who are cleared for transfer.  While we celebrate the freedom of those released, we cannot stand idly by waiting for executive action to determine the fate of those still in Guantánamo.

In Washington., we will use our creative energy to encourage citizens and government officials to see the humanity of the men in Guantánamo, to call for the closure of the prison, and to seek an end to torture.  The Senate report on CIA torture describes acts that shock the conscience. Our actions during the week will also call for the prosecution of those who authorized, designed, ordered, and carried out torture policies

Many of us will be fasting in solidarity with the men in Guantánamo as they continue to suffer the torture of indefinite detention, separation from their families, and force-feeding. We fast because of a mutual desire for freedom and justice that connects our lives to theirs.

How can you participate?

Join us for the duration of the fast: January 5th thru the 13th.

We still have space available for those that wish to come to Washington D.C. for the entire time.   We have actions and activities planned for everyday of the week. Join us for this time of shared solidarity, mutual support and creative collective actions.

If you are wondering what to expect, click here to watch this video of our 2014 Fast

Join us for the weekend activities:  January 9th to the 13th:  

During the weekend, we have very special events and actions planned If you cannot make it for the duration, come for the weekend!  Activities include:

Saturday, January 10th 8pm: From Ferguson to Guantánamo: Institutionalized Brutality & Torture: A Panel Discussion. Location: First Trinity Lutheran Church

4th & E Street NW.  The discussion will feature activists and attorneys involved in the struggles against police violence, racial profiling, and US detention policies.

Sunday, January 11th 1pm: Interfaith Prayer Vigil (Sponsored by NRCAT and Interfaith Action for Human Rights) 1:30pm Rally to close Guantánamo at the White House followed by a march to the Department of Justice.Click here to read The Call to Action.

Monday, January 12th: Witness Against Torture’s Nonviolent Direct Action. TBD.

We shut down a Federal Court when the courts refused to allow the men from Guantánamo in. We held a memorial in the Capitol Rotunda for men who had died at Guantánamo. We shut down the United States Supreme Court calling for justice for men in Guantánamo. We have lined the sidewalk in front of the White House hundreds of times, in orange jumpsuits and black hoods. We took over the Museum of American History imploring “Make Guantánamo History!”

This year, as 132 men remain in Guantánamo,

as we enter the 14th year of the prisons existence,

as 64 men are cleared for release…

We are looking for 64 people to join us on January 12th.

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Jonathan Landay is a reporter for McClatchy. His reporting at Knight Ridder during the marketing of the 2003 invasion of Iraq was virtually the only skeptical reporting in the corporate press. He discusses current wars and politics.

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Ukraine/Russia News - Dec 30, 2014

 

Poroshenko: No military solution to Ukraine conflict, will meet the leaders of Russia, France and Germany on Jan. 15 - LA Times


Poroshenko warns of martial law “immediately” if rebels relaunch hostilities - irishtimes.com


Military operation in Donbas does not end until January 15: Poroshenko - TASS


Address of President Petro Poroshenko at the press conference of December 29, 2014 - Official web-site of President of Ukraine


Kiev, Donetsk Military Meet, No Agreements Reached: DPR Official - Sputnik International


Kiev, Donbas to Continue Prisoner Swaps Monday: Donetsk Ombudsman - Sputnik International

 

Ukrainian army repulsed terrorists’ attack on Donetsk airport, Three soldiers and 14 separatists were killed: Poroshenko - Censor.NET

 

VIDEO: Separatists continue shelling the Donetsk airport - Censor.NET

 

Separatists attacked Ukrainian army positions near Mariupol, one soldier killed: ATO headquarters - Censor.NET

 

Jewish Community To Create Jewish Defense Force In Mariupol - JP Updates

 

Russia’s body count is rising in Ukraine, despite army officials’ denials - Telegraph

 

VIDEO: UK media confirms that Russian troops fought and died in Ukraine - LiveLeak.com

 

How a Retired Russian Army Officer Sends ‘Volunteers’ to Fight in Ukraine - atlanticcouncil.org

 

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Ukraine adopts 'draconian' budget backed by IMF - Business Recorder


Cabinet to increase gas rates for population to market level in 2015, 20 million of Ukrainians will receive grants-in-aid - Censor.NET


Ukraine’s parliament adopts law imposing 5-10% import tax - TASS


Scuffle during protests outside Rada, calls for the government to refrain from austerity, excise duties and other taxes (PHOTOS) - Interpreter_Mag


IMF mission to visit Ukraine from Jan 8 - Reuters

 

Putin, IMF Chief Discuss Russia's Efforts to Help Crisis-Hit Ukraine - Sputnik International

 

Ukraine ready to buy coal from Donbas: Poroshenko - TASS

 

Kiev Ready to Supply Electricity to Crimea if It Gets Enough From Russia - Sputnik International

 

Kiev has no plans to use blockade of Crimea as element of pressure in talks on Donbas - TASS

 

Kiev to Pay $3 Billion to Moscow in Arrears: Ukrainian Finance Ministry - Sputnik International

 

Nuclear reactor shutdown at Ukraine's biggest power station after 'electrical malfunction' - Daily Mail Online

 

Ukraine Separatist Leader Warns Against Using U.S. Nuclear Fuel - rferl.org

 

Self-proclaimed Luhansk republic nationalizing strategically important enterprises - TASS

 

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Russian Ruble Drops 7 Percent as Economy Shrinks - ABC News


China plays long game with ruble deal, Beijing bolsters global currency ambitions as Russia swaps challenges central role of U.S. dollar - Barron’s


VIDEO: Russia and China forge closer ties - Al Jazeera


Medvedev: Russia to Define Measures to Support Economy After Holidays - Sputnik International


4 Reasons Why Russia Isn't Doomed - Seeking Alpha

 

Apple Inc.'s Back in Russia: Here's Why It Left in the First Place - fool.com

 

West wants to end confrontation with Russia over Ukraine: EU foreign policy chief - RT News

 

Putin Shown Not ‘So Smart’ as Russia Economy Suffers, Obama Says - Bloomberg

 

TRANSCRIPT: President Obama's Full NPR Interview - NPR

 

Most Admired in U.S.: Obama, Clinton ... but Russian President Vladimir Putin also has his admirers too, he crashed the top 10 list - NBC News.com

 

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Don't Slink Away, Mark Udall;There's a Mountain to Climb

 

 


Udall Urged to Disclose Full Torture Report

 

 

Sen. Mark Udall has called for the full release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on torture. However, as a still-sitting member of Congress, he has a constitutional protection to read most of the still-secret report on the Senate floor — and a group of intelligence veterans urges him to do just that.

MEMORANDUM FOR: Senator Mark Udall

FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)

SUBJECT: Stopping Torture

We, the undersigned are veteran intelligence officers with a combined total of over 300 years of experience in intelligence work. We send you this open letter at what seems to be the last minute simply because we had been hoping we would not have to.

Send Me to Cuba to Report on U.S.-Cuba Relations

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Sea Change In US-Cuba Relations Makes Waves Deep In Desert

By Linn Washington Jr.

 

Tinduf, Algeria -- News about the historic change of relations between the United States and Cuba triggered cheers across the five Sahrawi refugee camps located near this Sahara Desert city located 1,100-miles southwest of Algeria’s capital of Algiers on the Mediterranean Sea.

Renaming Afghan War, Renaming Murder

The U.S.-led NATO war on Afghanistan has lasted so long they've decided to rename it, declare the old war over, and announce a brand new war they're just sure you're going to love.

The war thus far has lasted as long as U.S. participation in World War II plus U.S. participation in World War I, plus the Korean War, plus the Spanish American War, plus the full length of the U.S. war on the Philippines, combined with the whole duration of the Mexican American War.

Now, some of those other wars accomplished things, I will admit -- such as stealing half of Mexico. What has Operation Freedom's Sentinel, formerly known as Operation Enduring Freedom, accomplished, other than enduring and enduring and enduring to the point where we're numb enough to completely overlook a new name as Orwellian as Freedom's Sentinel (what -- was "Liberty's Enslaver" already taken)?

Well, according to President Obama, over 13 years of bombing and occupying Afghanistan has made us safer. That seems like a claim someone should request some evidence for. The U.S. government has spent nearly a trillion dollars on this war, plus roughly 13 trillion dollars in standard military spending over 13 years, a rate of spending radically increased by using this war and related wars as the justification. Tens of billions of dollars could end starvation on earth, provide the globe with clean water, etc. We could have saved millions of lives and chose to kill thousands instead. The war has been a leading destroyer of the natural environment. We've tossed our civil liberties out the window in the name of "freedom." We've produced so many weapons they've had to be shuffled off to local police departments, with predictable results. A claim that something good has come and is coming and will continue to come for many future years from this war is worth looking into.

Don't look too closely. The CIA finds that a key component of the war (targeted drone murders -- "murders" is their word) is counterproductive. Before the great opponent of war Fred Branfman died this year he collected a long list of statements by members of the U.S. government and military stating the same thing. That murdering people with drones tends to enrage their friends and families, producing more enemies than you eliminate, may become easier to understand after reading a study that recently found that when the U.S. targets a person for murder, it kills 27 additional people along the way. General Stanley McChrystal said that when you kill an innocent person you create 10 enemies. I'm not a mathematician, but I think that comes to about 270 enemies created each time someone is put on the kill list, or 280 if the person is or is widely believed to be innocent (of what it's not exactly clear).

This war is counterproductive on its own terms. But what are those terms? Usually they are a declaration of vicious revenge and a condemnation of the rule of law -- albeit dressed up to sound like something more respectable. It's worth recalling here how this all began. The United States, for three years prior to September 11, 2001, had been asking the Taliban to turn over Osama bin Laden. The Taliban had asked for evidence of his guilt of any crimes and a commitment to try him in a neutral third country without the death penalty. This continued right into October, 2001. (See, for example "Bush Rejects Taliban Offer to Hand Bin Laden Over" in the Guardian, October 14, 2001.) The Taliban also warned the United States that bin Laden was planning an attack on U.S. soil (this according to the BBC). Former Pakistani Foreign Secretary Niaz Naik told the BBC that senior U.S. officials told him at a U.N.-sponsored summit in Berlin in July 2001 that the United States would take action against the Taliban in mid-October. He said it was doubtful that surrendering bin Laden would change those plans. When the United States attacked Afghanistan on October 7, 2001, the Taliban asked again to negotiate handing over bin Laden to a third country to be tried. The United States rejected the offer and continued a war on Afghanistan for many years, not halting it when bin Laden was believed to have left that country, and not even halting it after announcing bin Laden's death.

So, in opposition to the rule of law, the United States and its accomplices have conducted a record-long killing spree that could have been avoided with a trial in 2001 or by never having armed and trained bin Laden and his associates in the 1980s or by never having provoked the Soviet Union into invading or by never having launched the Cold War, etc.

If this war has not accomplished safety -- with polling around the globe finding the United States now viewed as the greatest threat to world peace -- has it accomplished something else? Maybe. Or maybe it still can -- especially if it is ended and prosecuted as a crime. What this war could still accomplish is the full removal of the distinction between war and what the CIA and the White House call what they're doing in their own reports and legal memos: murder.

A German newspaper has just published a NATO kill list -- a list similar to President Obama's -- of people targeted for murder. On the list are low-level fighters, and even non-fighting drug dealers. We really have replaced incarceration and the accompanying torture and law suits and moral crises and editorial hand-wringing with murder.

Why should murder be more acceptable than imprisonment and torture? Largely I think we're leaning on the vestiges of a long-dead tradition still alive as mythology. War -- which we absurdly imagine has always been and will always be -- didn't used to look like it does today. It did not used to be the case that 90 percent of the dead were non-combatants. We still talk about "battlefields," but they're used to actually be such things. Wars were arranged and planned for like sports matches. Ancient Greek armies could camp next to an enemy without fear of a surprise attack. Spaniards and Moors negotiated the dates for battles. California Indians used accurate arrows for hunting but arrows without feathers for ritual war. War's history is one of ritual and of respect for the "worthy opponent." George Washington could sneak up on the British, or Hessians, and kill them on Christmas night not because nobody had ever thought of crossing the Delaware before, but because that just wasn't what one did.

Well, now it is. Wars are fought in people's towns and villages and cities. Wars are murder on a massive scale. And the particular approach developed in Afghanistan and Pakistan by the U.S. military and CIA has the potential advantage of looking like murder to most people. May that motivate us to end it. May we resolve not to let this go on another decade or another year or another month. May we not engage in the pretense of talking about a mass murder as having ended just because the mass murderer has given the crime a new name. Thus far it is only the dead who have seen an end to the war on Afghanistan.

Marketing Madness: Americans See Selves as Freedom’s Heroes as They Flock to Watch a Lousy Comedy

By Dave Lindorff


Is it just me or does anyone else think like me that this whole uproar over the supposed foreign “threat” to Americans’ freedom in the form of warnings against showing a low-brow Hollywood comedy, “The Interview” is a pathetic farce?


Russia/Ukraine News - Dec 28, 2014

 

Russia Revises Military Doctrine, Lists NATO Buildup As Major Threat - Sputnik International


NATO stronger military potential at Russian borders causes concerns: defense ministry - TASS


Complete text of the Russia's Military Doctrine (Russian) - news.kremlin.ru


NATO hits back at Kremlin assertion that it is a ′security threat′ - DW.DE


US Reviewing Russian Military Doctrine: White House - Sputnik International


Relations with EU to stay Russia's priority 'for years to come’: Moscow - RT News


Gorbachev: Putin saved Russia from disintegration - RT News


Russia’s New Military Doctrine Permits Retaliatory Nuclear Strike Only - Sputnik International


Nuclear submarines of Borei class to become guarantors of Russia’s security: deputy PM - TASS

 

Russian Missile Regiments to Receive Heavy 100-Ton Sarmat ICBMs: Source - Sputnik International

 

Russia Successfully Test Launches RS-24 Yars ICBM From Plesetsk: Ministry - Sputnik International

 

Russia’s future railway-based system Barguzin to carry 6 ballistic missiles: source - TASS

 

Russia’s new military doctrine allows creation of joint missile defense systems - TASS

 

Modern air defence missile systems S-300V4, Tor-M2U supplied to Ground Troops - TASS

 

VIDEO: $6+ Billion Dollar Russian 'Pentagon' Command and Control Centre Launched In Moscow - LiveLeak.com

 

Russia’s revised military doctrine lists foreign private military firms among threats - TASS

 

Russia's new military doctrine says use of protest moods typical for conflicts nowadays - TASS

 

Russian defense sector eyes change of focus to limit effect of sanctions - Russia Beyond The Headlines

 

Why Russian arms sales are on high octane - Russia & India Report

 

Russia Defense Ministry plans to send major expedition to Arctic in 2015 - TASS

 

Arctic Should Remain Zone Free of Military Activity: Russia’s NATO Envoy - Sputnik International

 

Russia called on to suspend arctic oil ambitions - Peak Oil News

 

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Ukraine and Rebels Exchange Hundreds of Prisoners - Reuters


VIDEO: Ukraine and Rebels Exchange Hundreds of Prisoners, New Round Of Swaps Expected - sky.com


Ukraine’s centre for POW release: аnother 490 people listed as prisoners of war in Donbass - TASS


Round of Minsk talks on Ukraine possible on Dec 28 or 29 - Russia Beyond The Headlines


POLL: Ukrainians Overwhelmingly Opposed to Giving Up Donbas - Window on Eurasia


POLL: Over 80% of Ukrainians believe that Russia and Ukraine are at war - Censor.NET


POLL: Signature of Ukraine-EU association deal seen as important event by only 8.3 percent of Ukrainians - kyivpost.com


POLL: Almost 80% of Ukrainian convinced that the level of corruption unchanged or increased - Ukrainian Crisis

 

POLL: More than 75% of Ukrainians disapprove govs austerity measures, lowering standard of living - abovetopsecret

 

POLL: More Ukrainians unhappy with quality of life - TASS

 

Self-proclaimed DPR republic nationalizes Ukrainian state companies - TASS

 

Russia to supply coal to Ukraine without prepayment - Ukrainian ministry - TASS

 

Moscow, Kiev Sign Agreement on Electricity Supply to Ukraine: Official - Sputnik International

 

Electricity Service to Crimea Cut Again - Interpreter_Mag

 

Ukraine Cuts Off Train and Bus Service to Crimea - The Moscow Times

 

Cutting Off Passenger Railway Service to Crimea Temporary Measure: Kiev - Sputnik International

 

Visa, MasterCard stop supporting bank cards in Crimea - Reuters

 

Ukraine Reports Russian Military Equipment Is In 'Aid Convoys' - Interpreter_Mag

 

Afghanistan against US plans to transfer mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles to Ukraine: Kabul official - RT News

 

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Russia/Ukraine News - Dec 26, 2014

 

Ukraine’s NATO aspirations dangerous for Europe: Lavrov - TASS


Ukraine ascension to NATO would end Russia-NATO ties: Moscow - RT News


Russia to take retaliatory measures to NATO's eastward expansion - GlobalPost


Russia doing more than anyone else to help settle situation in Ukraine: Lavrov - TASS


Lavrov says coming back to logic of national unity is crucial for Ukrainians - TASS


Russian FM Lavrov urges major constitutional reform in Ukraine - RT 


Lavrov: Russia Recognizes Poroshenko's Commitment to Peace in Ukraine - Sputnik International


Russia Signals More Military To Belarus as Ukraine Briefly Cuts Power To Crimea - ibtimes.com

 

Russia puts new military comsat into orbit (VIDEO) - RT News

 

Russia Releases List of Russian Combatants Killed in Ukraine from Ukrainian Defense Ministry Source - Interpreter_Mag

 

Savchenko in her first interview from a Russian prison: I did not aim any mortar fire, especially at unarmed persons - UNIAN news

 

Nadiya Savchenko to continue her hunger strike indefinitely after appeal rejected - khpg.org

 

Russia's finance minister insists currency turmoil is over - Telegraph

 

Russia’s international reserves fall below $400 billion to 5-year low - TASS

 

Putin Aide Says Russian Inflation to Hit 11 Percent in 2014 - The Moscow Times

 

Putin Orders Vodka Price Cap Amid Economic Crisis - rferl.org

 

Sanctions-Struck Gazprom Sees Gas Production Hit Record Low, Sales to EU and Turkey Down 9 pct in 2014 - The Moscow Times

 

Gazprom Confirms Ukraine’s $1.65Bln Gas Debt Repayment - Sputnik International

 

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Ukraine Conflict Sides Agree to Swap Captives: Luhansk Leader - Sputnik International


Pullout of Heavy Artillery in Donbas to Begin on December 26: Kiev - Sputnik International


Contact Group for Ukraine to hold second round of talks in Minsk on Friday: media - TASS


Ukraine peace talks continue via online link, separatists say - EUROPE ONLINE


Eastern Ukraine: Humanitarian disaster looms as food aid blocked by pro-Kyiv battalions - Amnesty International


Ukraine broadens powers of top security body, NSDC secretary is entitled to declare martial law or a state of emergency - Xinhua


Maximum resources are allocated for defense. The NSDC has recently decided to allocate 5% of GDP for the purposes of defense and security - Petro Poroshenko on Twitter

 

Seven persons injured during riot near Kharkov town hall, More than 200 people demand resignation of Mayor Gennady Kernes - TASS

 

Radical protesters throw ‘old regime’ official into dumpster in Kharkov (VIDEO) - RT News

 

VIDEO: In Kharkov the Right Sector beats a guy - LiveLeak.com

 

Railway bridge near Mariupol was blown up, practically cutting railway connection btw city and rest of Ukraine - Kateryna_Kruk on Twitter

 

Ukraine Expects IMF Decision on Multi-Billion Dollar Loan by Late January - The Moscow Times

 

Ukraine's parliament backs import tax rises amid budget crisis - Reuters

 

Ukraine resumes electricity supply to Crimea after brief blackout - APA

 

Ukraine Warns of More Power Cuts if Mild Weather Fades - VOA

 

VIDEO: Power Outage Throughout Crimea - YouTube

 

Ukraine Receives $380Mln Loan From World Bank for Power Grid Rehabilitation - Sputnik International

 

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New Competing Claims On Downing Of MH17 Pointing The Finger At The Separatists Or The Ukrainian Army - rferl.org


Newly-Available Photos of MH17 Shoot-Down by Separatists, and Interview with Eyewitness by RTL Nieuws (PHOTO, VIDEO) - Interpreter_Mag


Second MH17 BUK trail photo of MH17 shoot-down by separatists from July 17th (PHOTO) - Ukraine@war

 

Interview with eyewitness who made the photo of the BUK trail - Ukraine@war

 

Buk M2 TELAR Identifying Numbers Painted Over in Sudzha Videos (VIDEO, PHOTO) - bellingcat

 

Russian popular daily publishes eyewitness report on Ukraine military's role in MH17 shootdown - TASS


Witness account of Ukraine military’s MH17 shootdown confirmed by lie detector: investigators - RT News

 

VIDEO: (English): Witness account of Ukraine military's role in MH17 shootdown - YouTube

 

TRANSCRIPT (English): Witness account of Ukraine military's role in MH17 shootdown - voltairenet.org

 

Donetsk Leader Zakharchenko Says Witnessed Downing of MH17 Plane by Ukrainian Jets - Sputnik International

 

VIDEO: (Ukrainian): 'I saw Malaysian Airlines MH17 with my own eyes’: Zakharchenko - YouTube

 

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