War Criminals Watched

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Paul Wolfowitz and Scooter Libby, two key players in the George W. Bush administration, are teaching a course this fall on decision-making in the 2003 Iraq War. The course, titled "The War in Iraq: A Study in Decision-Making," will examine some "key strategic decisions" during the war, according to a description by the Hertog Foundation in D.C., which will offer the week-long course.  

Defeat the War On Women!

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Just yesterday, the Supreme Court issued a temporary stay on the closing of all but 8 abortion clinics in Texas. This is very good, but it is also only temporary at this point.  All the more reason we need to show our determination and defiance in the streets.

World Can't Wait urges you to join our Stop Patriarchy friends tomorrow,

Wednesday, July 1
Protest 1:00pm
1 Peter Yorke Way
Cathedral Hill, near corner of Gough and Geary
Office of the Archdiocese of 
San Francisco


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END PORNOGRAPHY AND PATRIARCHY: NO ENSLAVEMENT AND DEGRADATION OF WOMEN

U.S. policymakers sign paper calling for the division, destruction, and occupation of Syria. New Eastern Outlook reporter Tony Cartalucci dissects Brooking Institution's "Deconstructing Syria,"  

a sobering example of how dangerous and enduring modern imperialism is.

On Sunday, June 28th, join Courage to Resist and the Chelsea Manning Support Network in this year's 2015 San Francisco Pride Parade!

 
March for our heroic WikiLeaks whistle-blower Chelsea Manning and show your support for whistle-blowers and government transparency.
 
In 2013, the Chelsea Manning contingent was awarded the highest honor, "The Absolutely Fabulous Overall Contingent". That contingent was the largest non-corporate group with well over 1,000 people! And last year, Chelsea Manning was honored as an official Parade Grand Marshal! 

With Chelsea's legal appeals beginning soon, she needs your support more than ever! 

* Help lead the Chelsea Manning parade contingent by holding our lead banner!
* Wave from the motorized cable car!
* Cheer on our Flash Mob Dancers!
 
* Help staff the Chelsea Manning booth at the TransMarch 


Volunteers are urgently needed to attend a one hour contingent monitor training prior to parade day. Contingent monitors walk (or ride) along with us during the parade to double-check everyone is following the parade rules and being safe. SF Pride requires each contingent to provide their own monitors to participate, and we'll need about 20 monitors to participate. 

Organized by the Chelsea Manning Support Network and Courage to Resist 
To RSVP, volunteer, and/or become a monitor, please contact melissa@couragetoresist.org   
510-488-3559 
http://www.facebook.com/events/824980007583098/
http://www.chelseamanning.org/events/sf-2015
 

Sunday, June 28, 2015
Chelsea Manning Contingent Meet-up at 12:00 noon
Main Street, between Howard and Folsom, San Francisco
 

Humanity & the Planet Come First

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World Can't Wait slogan featured at San Francisco gala


Fathers Say NO!

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Please join CODEPINK and other activists in our growing resistance to drone warfare. 
This month at Beale we invite fathers to speak out... Please join us if you can.

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Monday, June 22, 3 - 5pm and 
Tuesday, June 23, 6 - 8am

Join 
Northern California Activists United 
Against Drone Warfare at Beale Air Force Base Wheatland gate, 3960 South Beale 
@ Ostrom Road, Marysville.

Monthly protest followed by potluck and camping at the main gate, 4675 North Beale Road.

For more information:
Nevada County 941-320-0291
Sacramento 916-284-0944, bbinks@comcast.net 
Bay Area 510-215-5974, ratherbenyckeling@comcast.net

Even if that lawyer is a prosecutor. It is up to you, the non lawyer, to independently ascertain if it is really something you should be doing."

-- Dave comments on It's Not Torture If A Doctor Is In the House

"Economic Health" for Whom?

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When U.S. mayors gather in San Francisco this week to petition for their piece of the federal spending pie, protesters will challenge government presumptions of "public interest" that exhibit as mass surveillance, indefinite detention, and suppression of civil liberties.   

From murder by police to endless war, national policy is determined by and for the ruling class. Gentrification of communities, environmental degradation, privatization of the commons, criminalization of the poor and homeless, corporate control of government... these issues and more have been identified for protest of business-as-usual by Listen UP Mayors organizers. Actions include a "welcoming party" Friday night and a march on the conference from Powell & Market 11:30 Saturday morning.


**The President will be in town to fundraise for his war party, try to salvage an insupportable trade deal, and schmooze with guests of the 83rd Annual U.S. Conference of Mayors. Following a morning demonstration against killer cops,

Shut Down the Police Chiefs @ the U.S. Conference of Mayors
9:30 am
Hilton Hotel Union Square
333 O'Farrell Street

World Can't Wait will be on hand to protest the escalation of Obama's war on Iraq with the message No More!

450 More U.S. Troops = More Suffering and Death
Protest! Friday afternoon, June 19 
Obama expected to speak around 2:15 pm
Please make flexible plans and arrive early to avoid street closures.

The spoils of Empire that Americans enjoy come at high cost -- to the world's people and the environment they inhabit. Step up for humanity and the planet.
"Holder's tenure as U.S. Attorney General helps to dispel the myth that African-Americans serving in elite government positions have a material interest in serving the political or economic interest of the African-American community or humanity in general." -- Dr Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, BlackAgendaReport


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A corporate lawyer with the Wall Street law firm Covington & Burling, Holder will be remembered for his timid defense of civil rights; his overseeing and even encouragement of the massive militarization of the nation's police forces; his anti-First Amendment efforts to pursue not just whistleblowers but the journalists who use them; threatening both with jail and in fact jailing a number of them (particularly in the case of whistleblower extraordinaire Edward Snowden, and WikiLeaks journalist Julian Assange, both of whom reportedly face U.S. treason charges); and his weak enforcement of environmental protection laws... 

Good riddance! says Dave Lindorff, editor of ThisCantBeHappening.

NSA's Second Coming

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The USA Freedom Act takes attacks on civil liberties in the United States to a whole new level. Instead of celebrating a "small, first step" to reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, we would do well to study facts of the matter that reveal the true intent of the legislation: codification of legal provisions that were formally illegal (making the spy program permanent), and coordination of phone data with other capture programs unaffected by expiration of the Patriot Act.

..what Congress did, and what it did not do earlier, changes very little - and nothing of cardinal importance. The main effect is to give the impression of change so as to release pressure for reform that might really be meaningful. The base truth is that everything that counts remains the same. 

-- Michael Brenner, Professor of International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh

The  main data-capture provision of the "Freedom" Act bans the government from bulk collection of phone data. Which would be great if it didn't compel phone companies to do it for them.

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World Can't Wait rejects the USA Freedom Act which would transfer bulk collection of call-data records to phone companies to distribute to government spies "as-needed."

The debate over Section 215 of the National Security Agency's criminal program to suppress knowledge of government wrongdoing addresses American privacy rights but fails to challenge the overarching use of preemptive spying to secure U.S. hegemony over other countries.


The compulsion to violate international standards of human rights rests on presumption of American exceptionalism -- that pursuit of U.S. affluence supersedes the interests of Humanity and the Planet.

https://necessaryandproportionate.org/

Abolish Death By Incarceration

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It took Bill Clinton only eight years to double the nation's prison population. It didn't have to be this way.

Intercept Drone Attacks

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UPDATE: First case in Germany on behalf of Yemeni victims

Close the U.S. Drone Satellite Relay Station at Ramstein Air Base, Germany

The Ramstein relay station is essential to U.S. drone attacks because it "enables drone operators in the American Southwest to communicate with their remote aircraft in Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan and other targeted countries." [Today marked] the opening of a court case in Cologne on May 27 on behalf of Faisal bin Ali Jaber, an environmental engineer from Yemen who lost his brother-in-law and a nephew to a U.S. drone attack in 2012. 

His suit seeks to force the German government act to close the Ramstein relay station under a provision of German law that allows people to seek redress if they have suffered harm from activities generated on German soil, in this case drone execution without due process. 

"This is an extremely important case not only because it has the potential for stopping U.S. drone attacks but because it may expose much about the U.S. drone program that has been kept secret from the American public and the world," said Nick Mottern, Director of KnowDrones.com

see VIGIL AT GERMAN CONSULATE

The political and media elite, and yes, Jeb Bush would have us put down the invasion of Iraq as a terrible mistake and move on.   

Well, let's not -- because that's a false narrative, and everyone who was involved in the debate over the war knows that it's false. The Iraq war wasn't an innocent mistake, a venture undertaken on the basis of intelligence that turned out to be wrong. America invaded Iraq because the Bush administration wanted a war. The public justifications for the invasion were nothing but pretexts, and falsified pretexts at that. We were, in a fundamental sense, lied into war. 

-- Paul Krugman, op-ed columnist for the New York Times

E n d l e s s  W a r

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U.S. and Gulf monarchies meet at Camp David, agree to flood Middle East with "missile defense" systems. Photo by Kevin Lamarque, REUTERS

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"..you can't understand Baltimore's unrest in isolation from the violence its residents face at the hands of their own government." 

-- Nathalie Baptiste, OtherWords

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