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WHY STOP THE WAR IS JOINING THE PENSION PROTESTS

STOP THE WAR COALITION
Newsletter No.1211
29 June 2011
Email office@stopwar.org.uk
Tel: 020 7801 2768
Web: http://stopwar.org.uk
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IN THIS NEWSLETTER:
1) WHY STOP THE WAR IS JOINING THE PENSION PROTESTS
2) COALITION OF RESISTANCE CONFERENCE 9 JULY
3) PLEDGE TO BE IN TRAFALGAR SQUARE ON 8 OCTOBER
4) JIMMY CLIFF SINGS STOP THE WAR AT GLASTONBURY
5) STOP THE WAR DOCUMENTARY FILM: HAVE YOU FOOTAGE?

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1) WHY STOP THE WAR IS JOINING THE PENSION PROTESTS

Tomorrow hundreds of thousands of civil servants, teachers and
lecturers will be striking and demonstrating against attacks on
their pensions.

This action is part of the growing campaign against the
government's austerity programme which is being imposed at a time
when the government is increasing its expenditure on wars in
Afghanistan and Libya.

Performing an Antiwar Drama in Kosovo

By Karen Malpede

Theater Three Collaborative, meaning me and my partner, George Bartenieff, who stars as Handel, the mogul who profiteers off our wars, in my new play, received a grant from Theater Communications Group to attend the New Plays and Theater Forms conference in Pristina, Kosovo. We had the good fortune of being able to arrive three days before the conference began so that we could work for a full week with five Kosovar actors and George on a workshop of "Another Life" which will be presented in New York, Sept. 8, 10 and 11 as part of the Art of Justice: 9/11 Performance Series at John Jay College. What follows are notes about our week in Kosovo, and a subsequent 5-day holiday in Istanbul.

Kosovo: Driving in from the airport, we pass a large golden statue of a giant Bill Clinton, his huge right hand raised in a sort of victory salute. Remember, Clinton’s bombing of Serbia in 1999, at the end of the Balkan wars is the reason this tiny country exists. Hence, here, America is loved. The Kosovar Albanians were the red Indians of the former-Yugoslavia, forbidden to speak Albanian, prejudiced against, and, finally, before the bombing began, were being ethnically cleaned. Today, Kosovo is a U.N. protectorate with a parliament that governs and an economy, the use the Euro, that is being fostered and fed by foreign investment.

The unemployment rate is 40%, mainly among the elderly; men sit on the side of the road selling what they have, knock-offs of this and that or hand carved rakes, wooden spoons, also fancy cradles. There is a food and hardware market. A hundred stores sell cheap yet fancy wedding gowns. There is in general a macho atmosphere on the streets. Though educated women are out and about and working. The government is corrupt and run on cronyism, although I can’t tell you who is in and who is out.

In contrast to the elderly, the young and intelligent appear to be thriving. The city is pretty and climbs several hills with older houses, the beautiful gardens of flowers and vegetables, cherry and other fruit trees. Just outside of town new suburbs, on flat, undeveloped land are springing up—big cement block houses; some starkly modern, others of more traditional design.

Our host, Jeton Neziraj, a playwright, lives here in a new suburb in a new home of the most modern design; he also runs the National Theater. His current play in rehearsal has been co-written with a Serbian woman from Belgrade and tells the stories of the two sides in the war. It is being performed in Belgrade this month. Another play, "The Demolition of the Eiffel Tower" will be staged this fall by the prestigious Mess Festival in Sarajevo, Bosnia, but before that the same Bosnian production will open in New York alongside my play "Another Life" at the 9/11 Performance Series. Jeton is the person who cast my play with English-speaking Kosovar actors for our week-long workshop.
Jeton is committed to engaging in dialoging with Serbian writers and theater-makers. He is co-editor of two anthologies : From Kosovo with Love and From Serbia with Love, containing writings from both countries.

A few Serbian artists were at the conference including a talented woman also in her thirties or early forties who took refuge in the Netherlands but who also works in Serbia. She could not go direct by bus from Kosovo to Serbia as at the boarder she would have been refused entrance from the "non-existent country" and so had to travel 10 hours through Macedonia to enter Serbia from a recognized state. In Kosovo, the question seems to be: shall we merge with Albania or stick it out alone. Debate on both sides. In general, and with limited knowledge, I think the Kosovar Albanians benefited mightily by former-Yugoslav former-cosmopolitanism, though I realize they were also mightily persecuted.

Is Greece Being Blackmailed to Put the Brakes on Gaza Flotilla?

By Medea Benjamin

The 50 passengers and crew on the U.S. boat to Gaza have converged in Athens, Greece, ready to head out to sea to join an international fleet of ships that will challenge the Israeli-imposed naval blockade of Gaza. But on Thursday, June 23, when the boat was scheduled to leave its port outside Athens and move closer to an international meeting point, the boat’s owner was suddenly served with a complaint by an unknown individual that the boat was not seaworthy. The captain, convinced that the complaint was bogus, was nevertheless told by Greek authorities that he could not set sail until they did a thorough inspection.

Afghanistan, Libya and why the anti-war movement matters by George Galloway

By George Galloway
Morning Star via Stop The War Coalition

 

Stop the War Coalition demonstration: London, October 2009

What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.
No mockeries for them; no prayers nor bells,
Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs, --
The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;
And bugles calling for them from sad shires.
Wilfred Owen
Anthem For Doomed Youth

SATURDAY'S CONFERENCE POINTS THE WAY FORWARD

STOP THE WAR COALITION
Newsletter No.1209
14 June 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

1) SATURDAY'S CONFERENCE POINTS THE WAY FORWARD
2) PROTEST: STOP BOMBING LIBYA, TUESDAY JUNE 28TH
3) TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WAR IN AGFHANISTAN
4) FINANCIAL APPEAL
5) GET FREEDOM FOR PALESTINE INTO THE CHARTS
6) STOP THE WAR AT UNISON CONFERENCE, THURS 23RD JUNE

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1) SATURDAY'S CONFERENCE POINTS THE WAY FORWARD

Last Saturday Stop the War organised a very successful conference on
Afghanistan and the war on terror. Over 300 people turned up on the day to
discuss the issue and to attend a number of sessions including on the
aftermath of the war in Iraq, the Middle East uprisings, working round
parliament, women and war, imperialism and art and war. The audience

What If Britain Drops Out of All US Wars?

LONDON -- Before long public pressure might just lead Britain to drop out of participation in US wars, a move that would seriously damage future pretenses of acting as an international coalition.

I've spent the past few days here in London talking with leaders of the Stop the War Coalition, sitting in on a weekly planning meeting, and attending a day-long conference on building opposition to the Afghanistan and Libya wars. This movement is strong, smart, well-organized, and eager to work with other peace movements around the world.

The Antiwar Movement 10 Years On

Remarks from a plenary at the Stop the War Coalition's June 11, 2011, conference in London on "Afghanistan and the War on Terror: 10 Years On."

I want to thank the Stop the War Coalition and Lindsey German in particular for having invited me here, and for having invited me to a similar conference five years ago. Maybe in 2016 we can meet under better circumstances. I'm especially glad to have come back to Europe because George W. Bush can no longer do so. He recently canceled a trip to Switzerland because an indictment for torture awaited him there.

It is an honor to speak together with Tony Benn, Lindsey German, Sanasino Al-Yemen, Mohammed Kozbar, and George Galloway, whose wonderful TV show I was on yesterday.

Imperialism in the 21st Century

Remarks from a session at the Stop the War Coalition's June 11, 2011, conference in London on "Afghanistan and the War on Terror: 10 Years On."

I want to thank the Stop the War Coalition and Lindsey German in particular for having invited me here. And it is an honor to speak together with Steve Bell and Kevin Ovenden, and I'm sorry Joe Glenton was unable to be here. Kevin and I will be on "The Real Deal" with George Galloway tomorrow, so please watch.

Afghanistan was supposed to be the campaign promise that President Barack Obama actually kept. He said he would escalate that war and enlarge the military and strike into Pakistan, and sure enough he did. But he made another promise since the election that we actually want him to keep, and he's going to violate it before the next election. Clearly we need an activist force apart from elections to address this.

Poetry in the UK Antiwar and Social Justice Movements

Over here in London, I'm hanging out with some terrific activists, including Andrew Burgin and Celia Mitchell:
Celia Mitchell reading Cutting it up by Adrian... by Fourman-Films

This was Adrian Mitchell:

And this:

U.S. Warship Docks In Romania For NATO Missile Shield System

Russian Information Agency Novosti
http://en.rian.ru/mlitary_news/20110607/164491853.html

The U.S. Navy [Aegis] cruiser Monterey anchored in the Romanian southeastern Passenger Berth of the Port of Constanta on the Black Sea within the NATO European missile shield project, Romania news agency Actmedia said on Tuesday.

"The cruiser's visit to the Port of Constanta is part of the permanent efforts of the U.S. Navy in strengthening the partnership with the Romanian Navy and of increasing interoperability in the Black Sea area," the U.S. Embassy to Romania was quoted as saying by the agency.

The Monterey is holding its first appearance within the project. It is equipped with the AEGIS air defense system and missiles.

WAS MY SON'S DEATH IN AFGHANISTAN A PRICE WORTH PAYING?

STOP THE WAR COALITION
Newsletter No. 1208
06 June 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) WAS MY SON'S DEATH IN AFGHANISTAN A PRICE WORTH PAYING?
2) ARTISTS AND MUSICIANS AGAINST WAR
3) JOE GLENTON ON BBC RADIO 4 THE CHOICE
4) THE COST OF WAR AND CUTS IN PUBLIC SERVICES
5) TARIQ ALI INTERVIEW AND OTHER VIDEOS

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1) WAS MY SON'S DEATH IN AFGHANISTAN A PRICE WORTH PAYING?

Six British soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan in the last
ten days. The father of one of them asked in an article in the
Independent if his son's death had been "a price worth paying",
to which a serving soldier on leave from Afghanistan wrote in
reply an emphatic "no". (SEE http://bit.ly/kL3f9b )

Germany trying to step back from Nuke Holocaust

German government wants nuclear exit by 2022 at latest

By Annika Breidthardt
BERLIN | Mon May 30, 2011 3:04pm EDT
(Reuters) - Germany plans to shut all nuclear reactors by 2022, Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition announced on Monday, in a policy reversal drawn up in a rush after the Fukushima disaster in Japan.

CIA prisons in Poland 'illegal'

Warsaw - Secret prisons operated by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) on Polish territory violated international law and the Polish constitution according to legal experts, reported the daily Gazeta Wyborcza on Monday, citing sources close to an investigation.

The CIA held terror suspects inside a military intelligence training base in Stare Kiejkuty, north-eastern Poland from 2002 to 2005, anonymous Polish intelligence officers have said.

Public prosecutor Jerzy Mierzewski had wanted to charge officials from the 2001-2005 Democratic Left Alliance government with violating the constitution, unlawful detention and participation in crimes against humanity, the daily reported.

The left-wing party is today Poland's second largest opposition party. Polish politicians who were in power when the prisons allegedly operated have denied allegations that CIA prisons were located in the country.

Which war criminal will be next?

Ratko Mladic to face tribunal on genocide charges

By Aleksandar Vasovic
BELGRADE | Thu May 26, 2011 9:49pm EDT
(Reuters) - Bosnian Serb wartime general Ratko Mladic will face trial on genocide charges in the Hague following his arrest in Serbia after 15 years on the run, with European officials expecting his extradition within 10 days.

The arrest on Thursday of Mladic, the last of the three men blamed for instigating the ethnic cleansing during the 1992-5 Bosnian war, was expected to clear the way for the former pariah state of Serbia to join the European Union.

"On behalf of the Republic of Serbia I can announce the arrest of Ratko Mladic. The extradition process is under way," Serbian President Boris Tadic told reporters in Belgrade.

USA Welcomes Romania into the Empire, Nobody Tells US People

US flexes muscle in the Black Sea
By M K Bhadrakumar, Asia Times

The Black Sea is about to lose its historical exclusivity as a Russian-Turkish preserve. A visit by the USA-TRANSCOM commander General Duncan McNabb to Bucharest has sealed the fate of the Black Sea as the latest entry into the chronicles of the "new great game".

The US had requested to use Romania's two military infrastructures as transit place for the carriage of troops and military hardware to and from Iraq and Afghanistan to Europe. On May 2, Romania's Supreme Council for National Defense (CSAT) approved the use of the Mihail Kogalniceanu Airport and the Port of Constanta for transit. McNabb swiftly descended on Bucharest on Thursday to seal the deal.

Seems we're losing the war on slavery too

Up to 27 million trapped in slavery worldwide: U.S.

By Catherine Hornby
ROME | Wed May 18, 2011
(Reuters) - Up to 27 million people are modern-day slaves, and migrants fleeing violence in North Africa are among those most at risk of being exploited, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday.

Countries where migrants arrive should try to identify potential victims and protect them, rather than opting for immediate repatriation which often sends them back into the hands of human traffickers, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large Luis CdeBaca said.

Tens of thousands of migrants are fleeing turmoil in North Africa, with many trying to reach Europe by boat, but the problem of slavery exists all over the world and India, Thailand and Malaysia are among the worst-affected countries.

See you can require corporations not to break the law

Maryland governor signs French railway Holocaust bill

BBC News - 19 May 2011
A US governor has signed a bill requiring a French railway company to disclose its role in the Holocaust if it is to win state contracts.

Martin O'Malley of Maryland signed a bill aimed at Keolis, a Paris company owned by French national railways SNCF.

The company had bid to operate commuter trains in the state of Maryland.

Historians say SNCF moved 76,000 Jews to Nazi camps during the Holocaust. The laws' supporters say it will force disclosure of war records.

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"We hope this legislation can become a national model sooner rather than later so that Holocaust survivors who are still with us can know that the atrocities inflicted upon their families and their people will remain in our minds, will never be forgotten and will never be repeated," Mr O'Malley said on Thursday.

Was a Military Coup Attempted in the UK in the 1970s?

I suppose some 0.05 percent of Americans are familiar with the Wall Street coup attempt against FDR, so why would we know about a military coup plot in the UK just because it happened in our own lifetimes? Still, I was a little surprised to read Francis Wheen in "Hoo-Hahs and Passing Frenzies" mention that

"Even Sir Michael Henley, the head of MI5 in the mid 1970s, was later obliged to admit to [Harold] Wilson that some members of the security service had been 'behaving oddly.'

Moscow may quit START over US deploying missile shield in Europe

By Russia Today

Further deployment of the US missile defense system in Europe gives Russia the right to withdraw from the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov has said.

"START may become a hostage of the so-called US European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA)," Ryabkov said at Monday’s meeting of the Expert Council on cooperation between Russia and NATO at the State Duma.

The official noted that Moscow has repeatedly warned its partners that if the scale of the US missile defense system creates a threat to Russia’s strategic nuclear forces, Russia has the right to withdraw from the agreement. That would be considered “an exceptional circumstance” mentioned in Article 14 of the New START.

He added that Russia will have to take responsive measures if the US and NATO develop their missile defense shield without taking Moscow’s opinion into account.

DO TO LIBYA WHAT WAS DONE TO GAZA AND IRAQ SAYS HEAD OF UK ARMY

STOP THE WAR COALITION
Newsletter No. 1203
15 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

DO TO LIBYA WHAT WAS DONE TO GAZA AND IRAQ SAYS HEAD OF UK ARMY (SEE http://bit.ly/lEuOtZ )

MONDAY 16 MAY: PARLIAMENT DEBATES LIBYA
EMERGENCY PROTEST 5PM
DOWNING STREET, WHITEHALL
LONDON SW1A 2AA

Just as Stop the War Coalition predicted when it began, the Nato intervention
in Libya is leading to full scale war. In just two months, we have gone from
"no-fly zone" to "no-drive zone" to "let's assassinate Gaddafi".

Now, the head of the British armed forces, General Sir David Richards, is
calling for the destruction of Libya's infrastructure.

Over 2000 bombing raids by the US, Britain and their allies have only produced
stalemate and the western powers are facing another disaster in the third

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