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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

CONFRONTING ANTI-MUSLIM HATRED IN BRITAIN AND EUROPE

STOP THE WAR COALITION
Newsletter No. 1201
10 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) CONFRONTING ANTI-MUSLIM HATRED IN BRITAIN AND EUROPE
2) PUBLIC MEETING: AFTER BIN LADEN - WAR WITHOUT END
3) PROTEST WHEN PARLIAMENT DEBATES LIBYA
4) PROTEST: END THE SIEGE OF GAZA - FREE PALESTINE
5) PROTEST IN SOLIDARITY WITH THIRD INTIFADA

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1) CONFRONTING ANTI-MUSLIM HATRED IN BRITAIN AND EUROPE

SATURDAY 21 MAY: DAY CONFERENCE 11AM-6PM
CONFRONTING ANTI-MUSLIM HATRED IN BRITAIN AND EUROPE
LONDON MUSLIM CENTRE
WHITECHAPEL ROAD LONDON E1 1JX

Muslims in Britain are constantly harassed, on the streets, by
the authorities and in the media. Politicians across Europe are
inflaming anti-Muslim prejudice, David Cameron's speech on

Stop The War Coalition's COMMENT & VIDEO ABOUT BIN LADEN'S EXECUTION

STOP THE WAR COALITION
Newsletter No. 1200
6 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) PUBLIC MEETING: AFTER BIN LADEN - WAR WITHOUT END
2) EMERGENCY LIBYA PROTEST 16 MAY
3) COMMENT & VIDEO ABOUT BIN LADEN'S EXECUTION

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1) PUBLIC MEETING: AFTER BIN LADEN - WAR WITHOUT END

PUBLIC MEETING: WEDNESDAY 11 MAY 7PM
AFTER BIN LADEN - WAR WITHOUT END
INDIAN YMCA 41 FITZROY SQUARE W1T 6AQ (TUBE WARREN STREET)
SPEAKERS INCLUDE: TARIQ ALI, GEORGE GALLOWAY, KATE HUDSON (CND),
LINDSEY GERMAN (STOP THE WAR)

The assasination attempt on Gaddafi and the execution of Bin
Laden show how the US feels it can act with impunity anywhere in
the world in violation of international law.

Far from seeing the death of Bin Laden as a reason for scaling

Ireland tries what the US needs: abolishing the Senate

This is from Miller-McCune:

Caught in a devastating economic crisis, Ireland considers killing off this political body, the Seanad Eireann, which many see as a vestigial organ from the country’s bifurcated founding.

German Parliament Writes to Obama About Abuse of Bradley Manning

On April 12th, the Human Rights Commission of the German Parliament (Bundestag) wrote to President Obama criticizing the treatment of Bradley Manning. On April 14th, they issued a press statement and published the letter to Obama on the Website of the German Parliament.

Press Release:
http://www.bundestag.de/presse/pressemitteilungen/2011/pm_1104132.html

Letter:
http://www.bundestag.de/bundestag/ausschuesse17/a17/brief_obama.pdf

Spain drops case against Bush officials

The following is from AFP

US pressure to change Spanish law on universal jurisdiction and US pretense of investigating crimes it is not investigating have won out.

A SPANISH judge overnight dismissed a complaint filed against former top US officials over alleged torture at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

Judge Eloy Velasco decided to throw out the case as he said the US justice system is competent to handle any such complaint.

He also argued that the Association for the Dignity of Prisoners of Spain which filed the suit "is not based in Spain".

The association had alleged in 2009 that six officials in the administration of former president George W Bush, including ex-US attorney general Alberto Gonzales, sanctioned torture against prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.

In 2005 Spain declared itself competent to investigate any crime committed abroad under the principle of "universal jurisdiction".

Justice Department Asks Spain Not to Prosecute U.S. Torturers

Spain is pursuing a case against former top U.S. officials who authorized the use of torture, including David Addington, Jay Bybee, Douglas Feith, William Haynes, John Yoo, and Alberto Gonzales. U.S. activist groups have been encouraging Spain in this endeavor.

Guerrilla gardening in Rome for Palestinian Land Day

Land Day commemorates the sacrifice of six young Palestinians who, in 1976, were killed in the area of al-Jahil while protesting the expropriation of their land. For the past three years, throughout the world Land Day is commemorated with Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) actions targeting the Israeli economy. March 30, 2011, in fact, saw the launch from Palestine of an international campaign to block the activities of the Jewish National Fund (JNF).

Since 1901, under the pretext of working for the environment, the JNF has stolen land and resources from the Palestinian people, selling the land exclusively to Jews or planting non-native trees so as to distort and cancel the sites of Palestinian history and culture.

Tens of Thousands Protest in London

Thousands protest in London against government spending cuts 26 March 2011 - In the largest demonstration since the Iraq war more than 250,000 protest against austerity measures

 

 

Suit Filed on Behalf of Spanish Judge

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

MADRID (AP) — A human rights group has filed suit in a European court on behalf of a Spanish judge who won international fame by indicting foreign dictators but who was indicted himself on charges that he exceeded his authority by investigating Spanish Civil War atrocities, the group said on Friday.

The group, Interights, which is based in London, filed the suit Thursday with the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, on behalf of Judge Baltasar Garzón, who is internationally famous for cases in which he indicted, among others, the Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet and Osama bin Laden.

MORATORIUM: Any Radiation Exposure Is Unsafe

Physicians for Social Responsibility Calls for a US Moratorium on New Nuclear Reactors, Citing Medical Risks

Warns Any Radiation Exposure Is Unsafe

Washington, DC - March 19, 2011 – Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) today called for a nationwide
moratorium on new nuclear reactors in the United States and a suspension of operations at the nuclear reactors with a similar design as those involved in the disaster in Japan, as well as those on fault lines. PSR cited the medical risks associated with any level of radiation exposure regardless of how small. Lower doses result in less chance of harm than higher doses, but any dose level can put an individual at risk.

U.S. Torture of Bradley Manning Condemned in Scottish Parliament

From Ciaron O'Reilly http://ciaron.wordpress.com

“Degrading treatment” of whistleblowers condemned in Scottish Parliament

Dr Bill Wilson MSP (SNP) condemned the degrading treatment of whistleblowers today while attempting to get the Scottish Government to acknowledge the importance of WikiLeaks. The Scottish Government was prevented from commenting on this topic by the Presiding Officer.

American Human Rights Groups Place Ad in Spanish Newspaper Encouraging Prosecution of US War Criminals

You signed the petition.  You visited the embassy and consulates.  You donated the funding.  Now check out the ad your dollars paid for in El Publico newspaper in Spain.

Click for larger image:

Here's the text in English:
A Spanish judge, acting under international law, will soon decide whether to investigate US officials' roles in authorizing torture. We hope you agree that such cases must go forward, despite pressure from the Obama administration to drop them.  The organizations sponsoring this advertisement represent hundreds of thousands in the American public who believe the US government must be held to the same rule of law as other countries. We thank the people of Spain for your courage, and ask for your support as your courts consider bringing American officials to justice for the crime of torture.

The Spanish government's representatives appreciated the support you gave them on Valentine's Day, thanking and encouraging Spain to prosecute U.S. war criminals.  A report is here on what we did. The Spanish media spread the word
 
Now comes a report from the Center for Constitutional Rights that suggests Spain may be listening.  Good work!
 

If you have not yet signed the letter to Spain or donated to this campaign, please go here!

And let's give some thought to asking Sweden not to extradite Julian Assange to the United States.

Will Sweden Bring Back Death Penalty After Over a Century?

Sweden banned censorship and guaranteed free speech in 1766, 10 years before the Declaration of Independence in the American British colonies, and -- apart from shameful episodes of caving in to dictatorships and Nazis -- has pretty well kept it in place.

Sweden banned the death penalty and has not used it since 1910.

Now, Sweden has an opportunity to punish the speech of a Nobel Peace Prize nominee with the death penalty by extraditing Julian Assange to the United States to be put on trial.

Dear Sweden, what will you do? You've led the way toward civility. You've banned not only the death penalty but violence up to and including spanking. You gave refuge to Denmark's Jews. You gave birth to my grandfather. Usually I look to you for leadership.

That may sound funny to you, coming from a citizen and resident of a nation with more weapons than the rest of the world combined. But I said leadership, not insanely sadistic militarism.

"Your Forefathers Would All Have Been Gassed"

There's a video available online that has created quite a scandal this week. It shows a fashion designer in Paris telling someone he loves Hitler and that their mothers and forefathers would have all been gassed to death.

I think the staying power of Hitlerian madness is more easily understood when we properly understand that Hitler and the Nazis didn't invent it out of whole cloth but built on a deep tradition that had long dominated European and U.S. culture. I wrote about U.S. influences on Hitler in "War Is A Lie." Another book that should be required reading is "Exterminate the Brutes," by Sven Lindqvist.

Spain Hears You

The Spanish government's representatives appreciated the support you gave them earlier this month, thanking and encouraging Spain to prosecute U.S. war criminals.  A report is here on what we did. The Spanish media spread the word
 
Now comes a report from the Center for Constitutional Rights that suggests Spain may be listening:

February 25, 2011, New York – In response to news that the full panel of Judges of the Audencia Nacional (Spain’s High Court) rejected a Spanish prosecutor’s effort to stop an investigation into the role of  US officials for torture on Guantanamo, the Center for Constitutional Rights, which has submitted many papers in this and a related case in Spain, released the following statement:
 
This is a monumental decision that will enable a Spanish judge to continue a case on the “authorized and systematic plan of torture and ill treatment” by U.S. officials at Guantanamo. Geoffrey Miller, the former commanding officer at Guantánamo, has already been implicated, and the case will surely move up the chain of command. Since the U.S. government has not only failed to investigate the illegal actions of its own officials and, according to diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks,  also sought to interfere in the Spanish judicial process and stop the case from proceeding, this will be the first real investigation of the U.S. torture program. This is a victory for accountability and a blow against impunity. The Center for Constitutional Rights applauds the Spanish courts for not bowing to political pressure and for undertaking what may be the most important investigation in decades.  
 
For more information and filings related to the Spanish cases, both the above torture case and the Bush 6 case looking into the role of the lawyers in the torture program, visit the Spanish case page on the Center for Constitutional Rights web site.
 
If you have not yet signed the letter to Spain or donated to this campaign, please go here!
 
Tavis Smiley and Cornel West discuss this:

“Bush Six” could face torture charges


Smiley: "Torture is not just illegal. It’s a crime against humanity."

 

West: "In the history of the Black church, I say Amen."

 

George W. Bush, War Criminal, Is Not Welcome in Europe

By Andy Worthington

Last week I returned from Poland, where I had been touring the documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (which I co-directed with filmmaker Polly Nash), and discussing the importance of an ongoing investigation into the complicity of the Polish government in the establishment of a secret CIA torture prison in Poland in the early years of the “War on Terror.”

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