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STOP THE BUILD UP TO WAR ON IRAN


STOP THE WAR COALITION
Newsletter No.1227
2 December 2011
Email office@stopwar.org.uk
Tel: 020 7801 2768
Web: http://stopwar.org.uk
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1) STOP THE BUILD UP TO WAR ON IRAN
2) NEARLY 400 DEAD... BRING THE TROOPS HOME FROM AFGHANISTAN
3) A GRAPHIC HISTORY OF STOP THE WAR TEN YEARS ON
4) NO TO INTERVENTION IN SYRIA

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1) STOP THE BUILD UP TO WAR ON IRAN

The western powers seem to be doing everything possible to increase tension
with Iran. Yesterday EU ministers imposed new sanctions on top of those agreed
by Canada, the US and Britain last week. David Cameron promised yet another
round in January, meanwhile he has expelled Iranian diplomats in response to
protests at the British Embassy in Tehran, closing one of the last channels 
for negotiation.

A British minister recently promised that further unspecified 'appropriate
measures' will be taken against Iran. The recent IAEA report showed there is 
no conclusive evidence that Iran is developing nuclear weapons, but this kind
of western brinkmanship can only antagonise the Iranian regime.

Stop the War is planning a national campaign against an attack on Iran in the
next months. The campaign starts with a public rally in London on Monday.

Public Meeting: Don't Attack Iran
Mon 5 December, 7pm
Speakers include George Galloway, Tony Benn, Lindsey German and Abbas Edalat
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion sq, London WC1R 4RL

Please tweet and share widely: http://on.fb.me/sJqZKg
You can download a leaflet from: http://bit.ly/tYZkXL
Sign the petition here: http://bit.ly/rXkyFZ

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2) NEARLY 400 DEAD... BRING THE TROOPS HOME FROM AFGHANISTAN

In his recent book on the occupation, The Ghosts of War, Jonathan Steele
estimates at least 20,000 Afghan civilians died as a result of the invasion of
the country in 2001 and tens of thousands more have been killed since. As the
Western powers gather to discuss Afghanistan's future with handpicked Afghan
delegates in Bonn on Monday, the killing goes on and resistance to the
occupation has spread to the North and West of the country. 391 British
soldiers have now died in this losing war, including 6 in the last fortnight.
Nowadays these deaths go virtually unreported in the media. 

Stop the War is asking all our supporters to get ready to protest when the
figure reaches 400 by preparing vigils, naming of the dead ceremonies and 
other events to publicise and protest this pointless killing.

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3) A GRAPHIC HISTORY OF STOP THE WAR TEN YEARS ON

Stop the War has produced a new book to commemorate our tenth anniversary. In
208 pages and over 300 images STOP THE WAR: A GRAPHIC HISTORY tells the story
of Britain's biggest ever mass movement. The book has contributions from
leading artists, such as Ralph Steadman, Banksy and Steve Bell, and includes
illustrations of the designs used to publicise events, many of which have
become iconic.

The book is a limited edition and copies are selling fast. The discount rateof
£20 (inc P&P) for Stop the War members and supporters closes this Sunday
evening. After that the normal retail price is £25. 

See a selection of pages from the book - http://bit.ly/rGtUy1

PRICE: £20 Free postage to Stop the War members & supporters.
Order by debit/credit card: Call 0207 801 2768
Order by paypal: http://bit.ly/rGtUy1

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4) NOT TO INTERVENTION IN SYRIA

Just weeks after winding up the devastating bombing raids on Libya and
anointing a loyal government there, NATO is turning its attention to Syria.
Though they are publicly ruling out military action, the political moves are
depressingly familiar. Sanctions, calls to isolate the regime, the courting of
the opposition by the Western powers, and now moves towards a buffer zone
imposed by NATO member Turkey.

The experience of Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya all show that far from bringing
democracy, Western intervention leads to crippled societies. Stop the War
opposes any Western intervention in Syria. We have a statement for circulation
at http://bit.ly/uAGBiT

If there is an attack, we will call an immediate protest the same evening
outside Downing Street. -- 


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