Thursday, December 5 - 3pm to 7pm
Westwood Federal Building, 11000 Wilshire Blvd.
Join the Pakistani community and anti-war organizations including Code Pink, ANSWER, International Action Center and UNAC in united demonstrations against U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan and anywhere. This action is organized by Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), the Pakistan organization that has coordinated anti-drone protests in Pakistan and worldwide and is asking for your solidarity.
Just recently, while many in the U.S. were participating in the “Thanksgiving” holiday, U.S. drone attacks were unceasing, killing 8 in the Hangu district of Pakistan at a Seminary. 3 teachers and 5 students were killed and were among 100 students attending the classroom that was hit. Several were injured in the attack, yet the killer drones remained hovering overhead to delay critical emergency care.
Given that the Obama administration has significantly increased drone strikes over the Bush adminstration, it will take a tremendous outpouring of the anti-war and progressive movements to help create a real movement against drones - one that has already been started by the courageous outpouring of thousands of Pakistani people in Pakistan, which has inspired anti-drone protests world wide.
A recent report in the London-based Bureau of Investigative Jouranalism states that only 1.5% of the drone attacks since 2004 have killed “high-profile” targets and that 830 civilians have been killed.
Although the U.S. government is breaking international law, violating the sovereignty of the Pakistani people and committing aggregious war crimes with each strike, whether they are “high-profile” or not, these numbers expose that the targets of drone strikes are Pakistani civilians. Yet, as horrifying as these numbers are, they fail to illustrate the psychological damage and torture created by making everyone fear the skies in their neighborhoods, especially children - many of whom have witnessed the gruesome death of parents and relatives struck by a U.S. drone’s bombs.
Please join this movement and protest alongside the Pakistani community here in Los Angeles this Thursday.
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Protest against U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan held at UN
Pakistan-USA Freedom Forum, International Action Center and U.S. supporters of the PTI Party rallied outside the United Nations on November 29. In Pakistan, people have blocked U.S. and NATO trucks from delivering supplies in protest against drone strikes targeting civilians. This is an important story of resistance getting no coverage in the U.S. media.
By Dan Glazebrook
The original plan was to knock out Syria and Hezbollah, and then roll on to Iran. That has been foiled. NATO wanted to bomb Syria, but they were only prepared to do this if Syria was isolated. They attempted to bully and bribe Russia and Iran into ditching Syria, but this didn’t work, and Iran/Russia both refused to acquiesce to a bombing raid. Imperialism’s bluff was called and NATO was forced into a humiliating climb-down. The rebels cannot win without NATO.
So imperialism is now playing a long game. Remember after the first Iraq war in 1991, they did not risk at that moment attempting to destroy the Iraqi state completely. It took twelve years of systematically disarming that country before they were willing to risk that.
That is what is now happening with Syria and Iran. They are disarming Syria, and hoping to reach a deal whereby any Iranian deterrent is also ruled out. At the same time, coercion has not worked with the Iranians, so they are instead hoping to bribe them into leaving the resistance axis and ditching their support for Syria, Hamas and Hezbollah.
Of course, none of this is imperialism’s first choice, and to that extent the Israelis are correct when they say this is a diplomatic victory for Iran, because it represents the failure of region-wide regime change plan A. And to that extent it should be celebrated.
However, what this does represent is plan B for imperialism, and for that reason, vigilance is required. They are hoping to – over a period of years – disarm Syria, prevent the emergence of an Iranian deterrent, boost the power of comprador elements within Iran, and wait until Putin is gone – before trying again with plan A – blitzkrieg on Syria, followed by Israeli attack on Hezbollah, and then knockout blow against Iran.
Imperialism’s war plans are effectively in a position of strategic – and temporary – retreat, in order to regroup. This is most definitely NOT some kind of Damascene conversion to “peaceful diplomacy.”
WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Wednesday that the United States and Afghanistan had finalized the wording of a bilateral security agreement that would allow for a lasting American troop presence through 2024 and set the stage for billions of dollars of international assistance to keep flowing to the government in Kabul.
Today in history: October 21, 1967 - Over 100,000 people march on the Pentagon against the U.S. war in Vietnam.
Via Freedom Road Socialist Organization (Fight Back!)
The United States is loosening controls over military exports, in a shift that former U.S. officials and human rights advocates say could increase the flow of American-made military parts to the world’s conflicts and make it harder to enforce arms sanctions.
Nearly half a million people have died from war-related causes in Iraq since the US-led invasion in 2003, according to an academic study published in the United States on Tuesday.
That toll is far higher than the nearly 115,000 violent civilian deaths reported by the British-based group Iraq Body Count, which bases its tally on media reports, hospital and morgue records, and official and non-governmental accounts.
The latest estimate by university researchers in the United States, Canada and Baghdad in cooperation with the Iraqi Ministry of Health covers not only violent deaths but other avoidable deaths linked to the invasion, insurgencies and subsequent social breakdown.
It also differs from some previous counts by spanning a longer period of time and by using randomized surveys of households across Iraq to project a nationwide death toll from 2003 to mid 2011.
By Kieran Kelly
The United States of America was built on a foundation of genocide against the Indigenous peoples of North America. In fact, all successful settler colonial societies are founded in genocide. The process is one of dispossession – the erasure of one group identity and the imposition of another on the people and/or on the land.
But genocide is not merely the foundation of the US nation state, it is also the foundation of the US empire. The US habit of genocide has not died, but has transformed. The US has become a serial perpetrator of genocide with the blood of many millions of innocents spilled in pursuit of imperial hegemony.
There is a fight going on for the very meaning of the term “genocide”. Western powers assert their right to accuse enemies of committing genocide using the broadest possible definitions whilst also touting a twisted undefined sense of “genocide” which can never, ever be applied to their own actions. Aotearoa (New Zealand) Prime Minister John Key, apparently taking his cue from the US, is currently pushing for reform of the UN Security Council such that the veto power would be unavailable.