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JUNE 11 CONFERENCE: AFGHANISTAN WAR 10 YEARS ON


STOP THE WAR COALITION
Newsletter No. 1206
27 May 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) JUNE 11 CONFERENCE: AFGHANISTAN WAR 10 YEARS ON
2) REPORT & VIDEOS FROM ISLAMOPHOBIA CONFERENCE
3) STOP THE WAR BOOK: PHOTOS NEEDED
4) MARKING ANNIVERSARY OF ISRAELI ATTACK ON GAZA FLOTILLA

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1) JUNE 11 CONFERENCE: AFGHANISTAN WAR 10 YEARS ON

JUNE 11: CONFERENCE
AFGHANISTAN AND THE WAR ON TERROR 10 YEARS ON
CONWAY HALL, RED LION SQUARE, LONDON WC1R 4RL
Tickets £5. To book call 020 7801 2768
Speakers include: Tony Benn, George Galloway, Tariq Ali, Lindsey
German, David Swanson. More details:

Osama bin laden has been killed but the "war on terror" goes on.
For all President Obama's rhetoric about a diplomatic solution,
there are more than double the number of US troops in Afghanistan
than there were when he was elected and he has expanded the war
into Pakistan. Obama's generals are pressing him to extend the
2014 deadline for withdrawing US troops.

More Afghan civilians are being killed than at any time since the
invasion 10 years ago. Another British soldier was killed last
weekend, bringing the total to 366, close to twice the number
killed in Iraq. American soldiers are dying at the highest rate
since 2001, with eight killed yesterday alone.

No wonder a former British ambassador to Afghanistan says the
military strategy is "profoundly wrong" (SEE http://bit.ly/k31vYX
), while even the US House of Representatives came close this
week to passing a bill requiring Obama to submit a plan for
withdrawing US troops from Afghanistan.

Meanwhile the Arab spring has threatened western influence in the
Middle East. The bombing of Libya is an attempt by the west to
re-establish its control. Despite all the talk of
humanitarianism, it is clearly a war for regime change which
marks a new phase in the "war on terror". (SEE JOHN PILGER:
http://bit.ly/k9YocW )

Stop the War's conference on 11 June brings together some of the
leading activists and experts on the "war on terror" to analyse
the way the war is developing and debate the next steps for the
anti-war movement.

Forums at the conference will include:
* Afghanistan and Pakistan;
* The Arab Revolutions ,:
* Imperialism in the 21st Century;
* Women and War;
* Cultural Resistance to War;
* Iraq: The Aftermath.

Speakers include writer Tariq Ali, veteran campaigner and Stop
the War President Tony Benn, writer Pankaj Mishra, US peace
Campaigner and writer David Swanson, Joan Humphries from Military
Families Against the War, George Galloway, journalist Mehdi
Hassan, Lindsey German, poet Sanasino, artists David Gentleman
and Peter Kennard, and many more.

The conference is open to all. Entrance is £5. To book your
place, register now: Tel 020 7801 2768

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2) REPORT & VIDEOS FROM ISLAMOPHOBIA CONFERENCE

For a report and videos from the highly successful conference
against Islamophobia on 21 May, including speeches from Tony
Benn, John Rees and Kenza Drider, go to: http://bit.ly/jlkxSU

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3) STOP THE WAR BOOK: PHOTOS NEEDED

A pictorial history of Stop the War Coalition, 2001-2011, will be
published in the Autumn. There are three events for which we do
not have photographs.

* 12 April 2003 End the Occupation Rally
* 2004 European Social Forum in London
* 2006 Condoleezza Rice demonstration in Liverpool

If you have pictures for any of these events, could you please
contact Marie: mariegollentz@yahoo.fr

There is a provisional timeline on our website for the hundreds
of events organised by Stop the War Coalition:
http://bit.ly/lyRa7D

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4) MARKING ANNIVERSARY OF ISRAELI ATTACK ON GAZA FLOTILLA

One year ago a barbaric Israeli attack on the flotilla taking
humanitarian aid to Gaz left nine humanitarian activists dead and
may more injured.

A public meeting, supported by Stop the War, to mark this
anniversary has been organised for Tuesday 31 May, 6.30pm, at
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL. DETAILS:
http://bit.ly/lpxtDm

The meeting will also be supporting the launch of the Britain 2
Gaza ship, which will be part of the international Flotilla going
to break the seige of Gaza in June. DETAILS: http://bit.ly/h8aSW7

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