Criminalizing BDS trashes free speech & association: US Politicians are Selling Out the 1st Amendment and Their Country’s Interests for AIPAC Cash

Dave Lindorff

I have been boycotting products for political reasons since 1973, when the United Farmworkers (UFW), beset by a campaign by the then totally corrupt International Brotherhood of Teamsters to challenge their union in collusion with the California grape and lettuce growers, restarted their nationwide grape boycott, eventually adding lettuce and wine producers.

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Speaking Truth to Empire

Speaking Truth to Empire on KFCF 88.1 independently owned and locally operated since 1975 in Fresno, Dan Yaseen interviews Kathy Kelly. Kathy is a peace and justice activist and a 3 times Nobel Peace Prize Nominee. She coordinates Voices for Creative Nonviolence (www.vcnv.org), a campaign to end U. S. military and economic warfare. Topics include Saudi/US war, genocide and famine in Yemen.

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A Shift: Repudiating War on Yemen – Kathy Kelly

Photo: Houthi-allied tribesmen demonstrating in Yemen for peace talks – Hani Mohammed/AP

December 19, 2018

Twenty years ago, a small delegation organized by Voices in the Wilderness lived in Baghdad while U.S. cruise missiles attacked more than 100 targets in Iraq. Following four days of bombing, known as “Operation Desert Fox,” our group visited various Iraqis who had survived direct hits. One young girl handed me a large missile fragment, saying “Merry Christmas.”

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“It Means What We Say It Means”: The Quiet Death of Limitations on the Self-Defence Excuse in International Law

William S. Geimer

Because so many of us are committed to nonviolence, in our own lives and in international affairs, we sometimes do not pay sufficient attention to the reality that self-defence is the only recognized exception to the use of lethal force in both contexts. That inattention is  unfortunate because, as we focus elsewhere, internationally recognized limitations on claims of self-defence are disappearing.  If those limitations survive and are honoured, wars will not end immediately read more

Seeing Yemen from Jeju

Several days ago, I joined an unusual Skype call originated by young South Korean founders of “The Hope School.” Located on Jeju Island, the school aims to build a supportive community between island residents and newly arrived Yemenis who seek asylum in South Korea.

Jeju, a visa-free port, has been an entry point for close to 500 Yemenis who have traveled nearly 5000 miles in search of safety. Traumatized by consistent bombing, threats of imprisonment and torture, and the horrors of starvation, read more

Speaking Truth to Empire

Speaking Truth to Empire on KFCF 88.1 independently owned and locally operated since 1975 in Fresno, Dan Yaseen interviews Cindy Sheehan, America’s leading antiwar and anti-Empire activist. They discuss Women’s March on the Pentagon held October 20 & 21, midterm election and Cindy’s hunger strike in solidarity with the the people suffering a horrible humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

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The Long, Brutal U.S. War on Children in the Middle East – Kathy Kelly

Above: 11 month old Wadah Askri Mesheel in a Yemen clinic, 8 hours before his death from malnutrition.
Photo credit: Tyler Hicks/NYT

November 29, 2018

On November 28, sixty-three U.S. Senators voted in favor of holding a floor debate on a resolution calling for an end to direct U.S. Armed Forces involvement in the Saudi-UAE coalition-led war on Yemen. Describing the vote as a rebuke to Saudi Arabia and the Trump Administration, read more

Speaking Truth to Empire

Speaking Truth to Empire on KFCF 88.1 FM independently owned and locally operated in Fresno since 1975, Dan Yaseen interviews Regis Tremblay, an independent filmmaker interested in activism and the environment. He lives in Woolwich, Maine. His latest film is, “Who Are These Russians and Why Do We Hate Them?” Topic of discussion will be deteriorating US-Russia relations, which could result in a nuclear confrontation between the two military superpowers. His website is: www.registremblay.com

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Speaking Truth to Empire

On Speaking Truth to Empire on KFCF 88.1 FM, Dan Yaseen interviews Joan Roelofs. She is Professor Emerita of Political Science, Keene State College, New Hampshire. She is the author of Foundations and Public Policy: The Mask of Pluralism and Greening Cities. read more