..if the new war President Obama is proposing clearly cannot be reduced to some simplistic battle between good and evil forces in the Middle East, what is it about?


The fact is the U.S. government has no interest in peaceful resolution of a conflict when such a resolution is deemed incompatible with American interest.

People's Climate Rally

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Sunday, September 21,  2:00 pm

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in solidarity with the historic September 21 NYC event called by 350.org and hundreds of local and national environmental, trade union and social justice organizations across the country

Oakland's Lake Merritt Amphitheater
near 12th Street, across from Kaiser Center

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Weekly PEACE Vigil

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McKesson (BART) Plaza
5:30 - 6:30 pm 
Montgomery & Market Streets, San Francisco
sponsored by CodePink

"We have to step up our campaign against the drones... we have a lot of information to get out." -- Marge Van Cleef, KNOWDRONES  


Book Signing with UC Berkeley Professor Anthony Barnosky


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World Can't Wait is excited to forward this invitation to a discussion of both the science behind environmental emergency and the extraordinary changes required to avoid one of the greatest disasters in the history of life on earth: 


Thursday, September 25

7:00 pm 

Revolution Books, 2425 Channing Way, Berkeley


During the past 500+ million years in which complex life has existed on Earth, there have been five massive extinction events when three quarters or more of all species on Earth have been extinguished. Cal professor, Anthony Barnosky, shows us in his new book how global warming and other environmental impacts caused by human beings are bringing on a Sixth Extinction. Unless unprecedented measures are taken to change the trajectory we are on - most species could be wiped out within a few human generations.

PATHS TO PEACE

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An exciting program on the volatile situation in the Middle East


Friday, September 26, 6 pm

First Unitarian Universalist Church

1187 Franklin Street at Geary Blvd, San Francisco


Speakers have recently returned from areas of conflict and will explore ideas on prospects for peace.

 

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Kathy Kelly coordinates Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a campaign to end U.S. military and economic warfare. Kathy is renowned for her humanitarian work with all victims of war. As an invited guest of the Afghan Peace Volunteers, she lived in a working class neighborhood in Kabul. She and her companions believe that "where you stand determines what you see." 





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International relations scholar Stephen Zunes specializes in Middle Eastern politics, U.S. foreign policy, and strategic nonviolent action. Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, he serves as coordinator of the program in Middle Eastern Studies. 

 





Donation:  $10.00 ~ Refreshments available ~ Wheelchair accessible

Ticket info, email uus4peace@gmail.com or call 415-595-7306

Online:  http://pathstopeace.brownpapertickets.com/

Stop the ZIM Shanghai!

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Occupy the Port for Gaza: Apartheid Ships not Welcome in San Francisco


Starting September 27 the Stop ZIM Action Committee will maintain a sustained picket as long as the ship remains in Our Bay.


Morning assembly @ 5:00 am, West Oakland BART Station

Afternoon assembly @ 4:30 pm, same location 

Carpools to dock will be available


The ship is expected to unload at the SSA terminal at the Port of Oakland. Typically, each picket will last only a few hours until longshore workers decide not to cross. It may last longer depending on the situation. Volunteers are needed for all shifts, but especially mornings and the first day... more


Text "Join" to 88202 for alerts on ship location and picket status.

God Bless Another War?

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Obama ended his executive declaration of more war with words that the military-industrial shills have slowly managed to turn into an obscenity: "May God bless our troops, and may God bless the United States of America."

engaging in the game of war is always an act of defeat

New Snowden Leak

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Former U.S. intelligence analyst Edward Snowden has accused the U.S. National Security Agency of routinely passing private, unedited communications of Americans to Israel, an expert on the intelligence agency said Wednesday.

James Bamford, writing in the New York Times, said Snowden told him the intercepts included communications of Arab- and Palestinian-Americans whose relatives in Israel and the Palestinian territories could become targets based on the information.

"It's one of the biggest abuses we've seen," Bamford quoted Snowden as saying...

NSA shared Americans private communications with Israel 


Note: Video of San Francisco Readings in Support of Edward Snowden posted here

Hands Off Syria

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"..as Americans, we welcome our responsibility to lead."

Obama's fine rhetoric fails to legitimize U.S. incursion into the sovereign state of Syria. We must not allow people to be bamboozled into supporting the lie of "humanitarian intervention" -- again. We can stop the next war. Now.

David Edwards, editor at medialens.org considered some "Unthinkable Thoughts," January 2000:

"It seems to me that there are some very basic psychological tricks being played on us. One trick is, 'We have to do something, there's a genocide', so that any sane person sits there thinking 'Well of course we can't sit back, it's like the holocaust, we've got to do something.' And then Tony Blair says, in response to the charge of hypocrisy - he said it on the BBC's Question Time - 'I'm sorry, but just because we can't help everybody doesn't mean we shouldn't help the people we can help'. But of course if you look at Iraq where 800,000 children have died as a result of Western sanctions, at Cuba where children with cancer can't get anti-sickness drugs because of sanctions and are vomiting 28 times a day, when Blair says we can't help those people, what he actually has to be taken to mean is 'We can't lift our boots from their necks', because that's what helping them would actually mean isn't it? 

We need to debate "American leadership" in endless war as a society. That debate can be fueled by scheduling a vote in Congress. But ultimately our own "boots on the ground" protest is required to interrupt the march of Empire.

Who is this "we" the president conjures, anyway?

Challenging the Surveillance State

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Obama Orders 350 More Troops to Iraq

  

Though the militants of ISIS would undoubtedly be horrified to think so, they are the spawn of Washington.  Thirteen years of regional war, occupation, and intervention played a major role in clearing the ground for them.  They may be our worst nightmare (thus far), but they are also our legacy -- and not just because so many of their leaders came from the Iraqi army we disbanded, had their beliefs and skills honed in the prisons we set up (Camp Bucca seems to have been the West Point of Iraqi extremism), and gained experience facing U.S. counterterror operations in the "surge" years of the occupation.  In fact, just about everything done in the war on terror has facilitated their rise.  After all, we dismantled the Iraqi army and rebuilt one that would flee at the first signs of ISIS's fighters, abandoning vast stores of Washington's weaponry to them. We essentially destroyed the Iraqi state, while fostering a Shia leader who would oppress enough Sunnis in enough ways to create a situation in which ISIS would be welcomed or tolerated throughout significant areas of the country.

-- Tom Engelhardt, How America Made ISIS, TomDispatch.com   

Israel announced Sunday it will expropriate 400 hectares (988 acres) of Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank, angering the Palestinians and alarming Israeli peace campaigners.

The move to seize the land, in the Bethlehem area in the south of the territory, is the biggest of its kind in three decades...

Israel to annex 400 hectares in West Bank

Unlike the American media perception of US foreign policy goofily stumbling from one good-intentioned mishap to the next, the average person in the Middle East views the American military as a sociopathic power hell-bent on annihilation... 


see No-Win War on ISIS 

Map: Middle East, highlighting Libya, Egypt, Israel, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan

The U.S. has opposed Islamists in all eight of the turbulent lands stretching from Libya to Pakistan, yet has not managed to forge a solution in any of them. Are U.S. policies the problem, or is the region's upheaval beyond the reach of any outside power?


Credit: Alyson Hurt/NPR 


Nobody disputes the brutality and extremism of ISIS, but that is a completely different question from whether the U.S. should take military action against it. To begin with, the U.S. not only ignores, but actively supports, all sorts of brutal and extreme parties in the region... 


Sunsara Taylor and three other Abortion Rights Freedom Riders were arrested today around 12:30pm, as they stood in the middle of Guadalupe Street in Austin, TX, sounding the alarm on the abortion rights emergency: if nothing changes, this Monday will complete the largest round of abortion clinic closures ever to hit a single state! Women are NOT incubators! Several UT students joined them right there in the street, blocking traffic. Also arrested was a member of Stop Patriarchy who was standing on the side of the street, taking pictures. She had participated in civil disobedience last week and was arrested so brutally that a ligament in her shoulder is torn. Today, she was only taking pictures. This is unacceptable! 


U.S. Expanding War in Iraq

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Under cover of ISIS atrocities, Obama proposes deployment of an additional 300 troops to the 850+  in place and undisclosed thousands of security contractors who never left. 

"The United States, for its part, is not a charity organization, nor is it a neutral bystander. Washington is an active participant in the conflict. In addition to authorizing direct strikes, the Obama administration continues to arm the Iraqi government forces and ethnic Iraqi militias and paramilitary groups." -- Raed Jarrar, policy impact coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee 

Ferguson Is America

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The Dred Scott decision meant that to be black in America in the late 1850s was to live in a land that said you did not have a future... It doesn't sound all that far off from the situation facing black citizens today.
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     photo by David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch 


Update: Missouri Governor Jay Nixon's deployment of the National Guard to occupy Ferguson is as illegal as it is provocative.


From Oscar Grant to Michael Brown - the murder of our youth must STOP.

Bring your signs, sounds, banners, outrage and your love for the heroic people who have refused to subside in silence.


                                                          

TWO LOCATIONS:  Monday August 18,  4:00 PM onward

Downtown OAKLAND

Oscar Grant Plaza (formerly known as Frank Ogawa Plaza)

14th and Broadway

SAN FRANCISCO

Powell and Market  


 

Today in Ferguson right after 18-year-old Michael Brown's memorial service, the people marched ­­again. Ever since the day Michael was murdered by a Ferguson cop, the people have refused to stop protesting and resisting. They have turned the eyes of the world to this police murder and their demand for justice. And with the whole world watching, the protesters have been violently assaulted by a military-style police force that makes Ferguson look like a war zone, time after time -- but the people in Ferguson keep holding their heads high, and they keep resisting.