Reports on Protest & Resistance

Saying NO to Obama's War Moves in Afghanistan

About 300 people came to protest the escalation Obama announced, more than we ever had protesting at West Point during the Bush era. Over and over, people talked about having voted for Obama, but now being disillusioned, and really "heart broken" as Matthis Chiroux, the Iraq war resister put it. The protest, by the way, was quite intense, as the group marched silently to the main gate of West Point. Once there, we chanted STOP THIS WAR NOW!
 
Reports on protests at here.
Articles on Obamas Speech by Ken Theisen; Dennis Loo; Larry Jones

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G20 in Pittsburgh: Police State Ghost Town

By  Rob Kall

This is a slightly edited version of an article originally posted on OpEd news.
 
Pittsburgh is a ghost-town, emptied of workers and the usual pedestrians, but filled to overflowing with over 12,000 swat cops from all over the US.

Anti-war activist Bill Perry, a Viet Nam war veteran, has posted an incredible collection of images to flickr.

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Prominent Polish Pianist Condemns Guantanamo, a War Based on Lies, at L.A.’s Disney Hall

 By Jessica Garrison and Diane Haithman

Polish pianist Krystian Zimerman, who is widely admired for his virtuosic performances and who famously tours with his own custom-altered Steinway, created a furor at Disney Hall on Sunday night when he stopped his recital to announce that this would be his last American appearance -- in protest of the nation's military policies overseas.

In a low voice that could not be heard throughout the auditorium, Zimerman, universally considered among the world's finest pianists, made reference to Guantanamo Bay and U.S. military policies toward Poland.

"Get your hands off my country," he said.

Then he turned to the piano and played Szymanowski's "Variations on a Polish Folk Theme" with such passion and intensity that the stunned audience gave him multiple ovations.

Earlier, about 30 or 40 people in the audience had walked out after Zimerman's declaration, some shouting obscenities.

"Yes," the pianist, known in Poland as "King Krystian the Glorious," answered, "some people, when they hear the word military, start marching."

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AFGHANISTAN WAR ACTION RESULTS IN 14 ARRESTS AT CREECH AIR FORCE BASE

Indian Springs, NV – Earlier this week, fourteen peace activists  were arrested at Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, Nevada. The arrests occurred during a ten-day vigil whose goal is to raise public awareness of the increasing use of unmanned drones in the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Air Force personnel based at Creech pilot the Predator and Reaper drones being used in Central Asia.

The 14 people walked through the open main gate shortly after 3:00 p.m. Air Force security personnel stopped them after they walked into the base. They were seeking to engage in dialogue with the Air Force service members controlling the Predators and Reapers used in Central Asia. In a gesture of good will, they offered to break bread and share pizza with Air Force personnel.

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Weekly News and Outrages Roundup

By Kenneth J. Theisen

Diplomacy as a Weapon: Hillary Clinton at the Hague
 
On Tuesday, March 31st, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a speech at an international conference on Afghanistan at The Hague in the Netherlands. Representatives of more than 70 countries are attending the conference which is underway as of the writing of this article. Already the U.S. is actively putting forth its agenda for “victory” in that war-torn country. 
 
The U.S., under the new commander-in-chief Obama, will significantly escalate the war and killing by deploying at least 30,000 additional U.S. troops to the war zone there in 2009. The Obama administration is also actively stepping up diplomacy to encourage its allies and others to contribute to the U.S. war effort, with additional troops and economic aid. Clinton’s attendance at the conference is part of this diplomatic offensive. Obama will also attend a NATO conference this week to further pressure NATO allies into supporting the U.S. war as well.

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Weekly News and Outrages Roundup

 By Kenneth J. Theisen

 Israel charged with violating international law by Physicians for Human Rights
 
On Monday, March 23rd Israel’s army was charged in a report by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) of violating codes of ethics and international law during its war against Gaza. According to the report, “Israel placed numerous obstacles in the course of the operation that impeded emergency medical evacuation of the sick and wounded and also caused families to be trapped for days without food, water and medications. The actions … violate directives of international law which forbid attacks on medical centres and medical teams during fighting” and “blatantly violated codes of ethics.”
 

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Trial Statement of Luis Barrios

Rev. Luis Barrios recently began a two month sentence for "trespassing" at the School of the Americas. Like the infamous torture facility in Guantanamo, the School of the Americas at Fort Benning, Georgia is associated with torture and crimes against humanity. While the Guantánamo crimes take place “on site” at Guantánamo, for over 25 years the School of the Americas has been a “training” facility, where military personnel from all over Latin America have been given instruction that they then put to use once they return to their respective countries.
 
On January 26, a federal judge in Georgia declared the 6 people - the SOA 6 - “guilty” of trespassing for carrying protest against the School of the Americas (SOA) onto the Fort Benning military base. The six were among the thousands who gathered on November 22 and 23, 2008 outside the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia to demand the closure of the School of the Americas. The six carried out a non-violent civil disobedience action, stepping onto the grounds of Fort Benning, at the front of the march. The judge sentenced Fr. Luis Barrios; Kristin Holm; Sr. Diane Pinchot, OSU; Al Simmons and Theresa Cusimano to two months each in jail for carrying the protest against the School of the Americas onto the Fort Benning military base. A sixth defendant, Louis Wolf, was sentenced to six months of house arrest.

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This Ain’t Change: Barack Obama and U.S. Torture/Detention Policies

by World Can't Wait web team
 
Has Obama put an end to torture, rendition, and indefinite detention? Nothing could be further from the truth. Facts you need to know:
 
1) Obama admits Bush officials tortured, but refuses to prosecute them.
 
Cheney has bragged about authorizing waterboarding — suffocating by water — of detainees. On January 11, 2009, Obama told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, “From my view, waterboarding is torture.” Under the UN Convention Against Torture, torture is a crime and each state that signed the treaty—including the U.S.—is required to investigate and prosecute torturers.
 
The Obama administration is therefore required, not only morally, but legally, to prosecute Bush Regime officials for torture.
 
Imagine a serial murderer kills in broad daylight. If, instead of arresting the killer, the local police department issued a statement saying, “From this day forward, we will not allow murder. But we are not going to prosecute the murderer.” This is what Obama has done by refusing to prosecute the Bush Regime. If the Bush regime can get away with openly violating the law then there is no “rule of law.” Any president can henceforth break the law without any consequences.
 

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“Isn’t the Taliban a horror for women? So shouldn’t the U.S. stay in Afghanistan?”

by Larry Everest

This article originally was published on the web site of Revolution newspaper.

U.S. attacks in Afghanistan and in Pakistan are escalating. Recently the Obama administration announced it will send another 17,000 US troops (joining 36,000 already there) to Afghanistan with perhaps more to come later.
 
Afghanistan WomenYet there’s been far too little outrage and protest over U.S. crimes in Afghanistan, especially since Obama became President. I have run into a lot of different questions (and misunderstandings) about what the U.S. invasion and occupation of Afghanistan are really all about, and will be addressing them in the pages of Revolution. Readers no doubt have—or hear—others. Send those questions to Revolution so we can learn from and address them.
Here’s the first series of questions:
 
1) I don’t like the U.S. invading countries, and I know that those who make these decisions have their own agenda. But the Taliban are totally brutal toward women and enshrine it in law. So even if the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan isn’t perfect and innocent people get killed, isn’t the U.S. improving things at least a little bit for women in Afghanistan?
 

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Political Persecution of the RNC 8

[WCW Ed. Note: Please see also, and sign petition, at "Political Protesters are Not Criminals!"]
 
by Leslie Rose
 
Introduction to the Series:

A very important case is unfolding in Minnesota—eight people are being singled out by the government for their role in the political protests at the 2008 Republican National Convention (RNC).
 
At the September ’08 RNC in St. Paul, war criminal John McCain and right-wing religious fundamentalist Sarah Palin were being selected as the Republican ticket for the presidential race. 
 
The national media spent endless hours on things like Palin’s unmarried pregnant daughter. Meanwhile, the streets of St. Paul were turned into a militarized zone with massive police mobilization. Over the course of four days, thousands defied the armed clampdown to make known their opposition to U.S. wars-torture-spying and the imperialist globalization that has brought suffering to a huge section of humanity and caused catastrophic environmental damage. Over 800 people were arrested and scores were brutalized by the police.

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Joel Kovel fired from Bard College for anti-Zionism

 

STATEMENT OF JOEL KOVEL REGARDING HIS TERMINATION BY BARD COLLEGE

Introduction

In January, 1988, I was appointed to the
Alger Hiss Chair of Social Studies at Bard College. As this was a Presidential appointment outside the tenure system, I have served under a series of contracts. The last of these was half-time (one semester on, one off, with half salary and full benefits year-round), effective from July 1, 2004, to June 30, 2009. On February 7 I received a letter from Michèle Dominy, Dean of the College, informing me that my contract would not be renewed this July 1 and that I would be moved to emeritus status as of that day. She wrote that this decision was made by President Botstein, Executive Vice-President Papadimitriou and herself, in consultation with members of the Faculty Senate.

This document argues that this termination of service is prejudicial and motivated neither by intellectual nor pedagogic considerations, but by political values, principally stemming from differences between myself and the Bard administration on the issue of Zionism. There is of course much more to my years at Bard than this, including another controversial subject, my work on ecosocialism (The Enemy of Nature).

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