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Stop the spread of war in the Middle East



NEWSLETTER 21 August 2012
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In this Newsletter:
1) Stop the spread of war in the Middle East
2)
London rally: Stop Western intervention in Syria, Don't attack Iran
3) Afghan occupation at crisis point
4) Calling all anti-war students
5) How to resolve the Julian Assange issue by Michael Moore and Oliver Stone
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1) Stop the spread of war in the Middle East

The threat of a new level of Western intervention in Syria grew yesterday when Barack Obama claimed the threat of any use of chemical weapons Syria was "a red line for us", adding that even movement of these kind of weapons "would change my calculations significantly."(see http://bit.ly/QVRLgn)

Hillary Clinton announced in Istanbul that "very intensive operational planning"for military action in Syria would take place involving Turkish and US military and intelligence officials.  She went on to say, "we have been closely co-ordinating over the course of this conflict, but now we need to get into the real details." (See Chris Nineham's article: "How the US and its allies are inching towards more direct intervention in Syria": http://bit.ly/Rdcctl)

Meanwhile, Israel is using the Syrian conflict to raise the stakes over Iran. Last week, the Israeli newspaper Ma'ariv reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak have set a deadline of 25 September for Obama to clearly state that the US will take military action. (See http://bit.ly/SgL89F)

Stop the War is calling on all its groups and supporters to campaign against further war in the Middle East. Public meetings and other events are being organised around the country in September and October. (see http://bit.ly/qrKPEM)

A fact sheet on the Syrian situation is available on the Stop the War website. (see http://bit.ly/NlVuDp)

Please get involved in our campaign by contacting us in the office by phone or e-mail or your local group.

 

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2) London rally: Stop Western intervention in Syria, Don't attack Iran

There will be a public rally in London on 9 October with Tariq Ali, Lindsey German and Sabah Jawad. The Venue, University of London Union, Malet St, London WC1E 7HY(see http://bit.ly/RyUaEs)

 

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3) Afghan occupation at crisis point

Twenty US troops and one aid worker have been killed in the past two weeks, half of them shot by rogue Afghan soldiers or policemen. The frequency of green-on-blue attacks represents a crisis for the occupation, creating confusion and demoralisation in the NATO operation. US personnel have been instructed to be armed at all times, even on base. US Army general Martin Dempsey's plane was damaged by a rocket attack during a visit to Afghanistan to meet with officials to discuss a change of policy. (see http://bbc.in/SgbZ8P)

Read Lindsey German's article "What Barack Obama doesn't want us to know about his war in Afghanistan": (http://bit.ly/NBSzaQ)

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4) Calling all anti-war students

With the threat of a new war in the Middle East clearly growing, we'd like to encourage all our student supporters to get involved with our campaigns over the coming weeks and months. Students have always been at the heart of our campaigns against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Stop the War is holding campaign stalls at various university freshers fairs in September and October, and will be putting on other events in colleges up and down the country. We're looking for volunteers to help out. For more information go to our student action page: http://bit.ly/Nhk1cr

If you are interested in setting up a Stop the War group in your university, contact the Stop the War national office for help and advice:
Go to our student action page for more information, or contact us directly if you want to help set up a Stop the War group at your university. (see http://bit.ly/Nhk1cr)

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5) How to resolve the Julian Assange issue by Michael Moore and Oliver Stone

Writing in the New York Times, Oscar-winning filmmakers Michael Moore and Oliver Stone welcome Ecuador's decision to give Julian Assange asylum and describe their solution to the issues surrounding his case. Read the article here:  http://bit.ly/MJ5lqX

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