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9/11 ANNIVERSARY: STATEMENT BY STOP THE WAR COALITION


By davidswanson - Posted on 06 September 2011

STOP THE WAR COALITION	 
Newsletter No.1217   
6 September 2011   
Email office@stopwar.org.uk   
Tel: 020 7801 2768   
Web: http://stopwar.org.uk   
Twitter: http://twitter.com/STWuk   
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/stopthewarcoalition

IN THIS NEWSLETTER:   
1) 9/11 ANNIVERSARY: STATEMENT BY STOP THE WAR COALITION   
2) TONY BENN: WHY I'LL BE IN TRAFALGAR SQUARE ON 8 OCTOBER   
3) LIBYA, NATO AND THE ARAB SPRING: PUBLIC MEETING   
4) BREAKING THE SILENCE AGAINST 10 YEARS OF WAR   
5) LONDON ACTIVISTS MEETING: 8 SEPTEMBER   
6) EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON AUSTERITY AND CUTS: 1 OCTOBER

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1) 9/11 ANNIVERSARY: STATEMENT BY STOP THE WAR COALITION

The terrorist attack that destroyed the Twin Towers ten years ago   
was a crime which Stop the War Coalition condemned at the time,   
and it reaffirms that condemnation today.

It was a terrible crime for which there can be no justification,   
but it was not an act of war.

It was however the signal for the United States, with close   
support from Britain, to initiate a war which continues to this   
day and has cost hundreds of thousands if not millions of lives,   
without justification or gain. Over 550 British soldiers have	
been killed and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost   
Britain at least £20 billion.

Terrorist attacks in Britain have been provoked by our	 
government's foreign policy, civil liberties and community   
relations have been placed under great strain -- not least in the   
rise of Islamophobia -- and Britain has been complicit in an   
illegal and secret torture regime conducted by the US and British   
intelligence forces.

Stop the War is proud of the alliances it has made in campaigning   
against the "war on terror" -- with the British Muslim community,   
with military families who have lost loved ones or who have   
relatives currently serving in Afghanistan, with the trade   
unions, with our sister organisation CND and countless other   
organisations, and most important of all, the hundreds of   
thousands of people who have joined our campaign against the   
government's war policies over the past ten years.

On this tenth anniversary of 9/11, Stop the War renews its   
commitment to continue to oppose the "war on terror" until it is   
ended, and for an end to the subordination of British foreign	
policy to that of the USA.

READ THE FULL STATEMENT BY STOP THE WAR COALITION: 9/11 and Ten   
Years of the "War on Terror": http://bit.ly/nU9pOn

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2) TONY BENN: WHY I'LL BE IN TRAFALGAR SQUARE ON 8 OCTOBER

Online pledges to attend the AntiWar Mass Assembly in Trafalgar   
Square on Saturday 8 October are pouring in. Recent pledgers   
include Guardian journalist Seumas Milne, comedian Mark Steel,	 
Moazzem Begg who was incarcerated in Guantanamo bay, and Owen	
Jones, much praised author of "Chavs: The Demonization of the	
Working Class" (SEE FULL LIST HERE: http://bit.ly/pBlNMI)

We will be marking 10 years of the war in Afghanistan, 10 years   
of the "war on terror", and 10 years since Stop the War Coalition   
was founded to campaign against our government's war policies.	 
Details of the October 8 multi-media event -- words, images,   
music, film -- will be published soon on the Stop the War   
website.

If you haven't pledged to be there yet, do it now:   
http://bit.ly/o10L6p

We have started posting a series of videos on the Stop the War	 
website of individuals saying why they will be in Trafalgar   
Square on 8 October -- ranging from actor Roger Lloyd Pack (SEE   
http://bit.ly/mUneK6) to the latest by Tony Benn, who describes   
Stop the War Coalition as "one of the greatest achievements of	 
the labour movement" (SEE http://bit.ly/rjdJ4q).

HOW YOU CAN HELP BUILD SUPPORT FOR 8 OCTOBER: 
  
* Pledge to be in Trafalgar Square: http://bit.ly/o10L6p;   
* Use your Twitter and Facebook to spread the word as widely as   
you can, using the link to the October 8 website:   
http://bit.ly/o10L6p;	
* Encourage your friends, family, work colleagues, fellow   
students etc to pledge to be there;   
* Get the October 8 postcards from Stop the War's national   
office, to distribute in your area. Phone 07939 242 229.   
* Get an October 8 window poster to display at home or your   
workplace, college etc: Phone 07939 242 229.


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3) LIBYA, NATO AND THE ARAB SPRING: MEETING 14 SEPTEMBER

NATO leaders appear to have learnt nothing from the experience of   
Afghanistan and Iraq, which should have proved to them beyond	
doubt that governments imposed by the West's bombs and bullets	 
and orientated towards western interests cannot bring peace or	 
progress.

Meanwhile NATO has committed itself to a continued bombing   
campaign against Gaddafi strongholds in a country already   
suffering from acute shortages of basic necessities including	
water and electricity. The media is yet again oiling the wheels   
of imperialism (SEE http://bit.ly/qFH9RZ ), but the triumphalism   
of the NATO powers is unlikely to last long.

This public meeting will look at NATO's war on Libya in the   
context of the Arab Spring revolutions. Speakers include GEORGE   
GALLOWAY, SAMI RAMADANI from Iraqi Democrats Against Occupation,   
and Saudi academic MADAWI AL-RASHEED.

WEDNESDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 7PM   
SMALL HALL, BLOOMSBURY BAPTIST CHURCH	
235 SHAFTESBURY AVENUE	 
LONDON WC2H 8EP

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4) BREAKING THE SILENCE AGAINST 10 YEARS OF WAR

POETRY, RAP AND TWITTER AGAINST THE WAR   
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 22 7.30 PM	
UNIVERSITY OF LONDON UNION   
MALET STREET WC1

Stop the War is proud to announce a night of poetry, rap and   
Twitter Against the War on Thursday 22 September. Poets Mike   
Rosen, Michael Horowitz, Sanasino Al-Yemen and Martin Powell will   
be joined by rappers Ed Greens, Nekz MC, Jimmy Jitsu and more.

The night will include appearances from Owen Jones, author of	
"Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class",  and journalist   
Laurie Penny who tweets @PennyRed. Join them tweeting the event   
live to a huge audience.

TICKETS are available for just £5. Make sure you book yours now   
by phoning 020 7801 27678.

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5) LONDON ACTIVISTS' MEETING

Anyone in London who would like to get involved in the planning   
for the October 8 AntiWar Mass Assembly should come to this   
activists' meeting, which is open to all.

THURSDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER AT 6.30PM   
UNIVERSITY OF LONDON, SENATE HOUSE,   
MALET STREET, LONDON WC1E 7HU

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6) EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON AUSTERITY AND CUTS: 1 OCTOBER

Stop the War is supporting the European Conference on Austerity   
and Privatisation, which takes place in London of 1 October, and   
will bring together representatives from organisations across	
Europe, to discuss the impact of austerity measures being imposed   
on every country, and how to mount a Europe wide campaign of   
opposition.

Lindsey German, national convenor of Stop the War Coalition, will   
be leading a session on Ending the War. Other workshops include   
The Crisis and the Debt, Students and Youth Fighting for a   
Future, Women against Austerity, and Mobilising against   
Austerity.

EUROPE AGAINST AUSTERITY   
SATURDAY 1 OCTOBER 10AM-5PM   
CAMDEN CENTRE LPNDON WC1H 9AU	
For updates: http://bit.ly/psXrVr

For a full list of the organisations and individuals supporting   
the conference, the agenda for the day, and how to register, go   
to: http://bit.ly/psXrVr


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