..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?
Book Signing with UC Berkeley Professor Anthony Barnosky
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
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.
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.
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."
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415-595-7306
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.
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."
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...
Note: Video of San Francisco Readings in Support of Edward Snowden posted here
"..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.
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...
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...