Reports indicate that a first wave of bombings overnight which resulted in a number of civilian deaths--including entire families trapped in flattened houses--have spurred widespread anger in Sanaa and other targeted cities, even among members of the population opposed to the Houthi rebels who have now wrested control of much of the country from President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, whose whereabouts remain hard to establish.
The White House, reports Reuters, has said it is actively supporting the operation and President Obama has authorized U.S. "logistical and intelligence support" for the bombing campaign.
see Sorrow and Rage
"U.S. involvement has taken Afghanistan to the brink of utter devastation. We have ruined Afghanistan so that we can claim to save it from ruin." -- Sonali Kolhatkar, Afghan Women's Mission
Authorization for a "blank check" on the Use of Military Force is stumbling, as it should... activists fight to repudiate the illegal infrastructure for 13 years of war crimes.
"..when my country wipes out wedding parties in other lands or organizes torture regimes and offshore prison systems where anything goes, or tries to jail yet another whistleblower, when it acts cruelly, arbitrarily, or barbarically, I feel shock and wonder why more Americans don't have the same reaction."
-- Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch.com
Photo: bodies of nine men killed in a U.S. drone strike on December 12, 2013 near the town of Radda, Yemen. Nasser Al-Sane / Reprieve
Metro police arrested Father Louis Vitale and 32 others early Friday for trespassing at Creech Air Force Base where 140 peace activists had gathered to protest U.S. drone operations in the Middle East and Afghanistan that are controlled remotely at the base, 45 miles northwest of Las Vegas.
The protesters blame operators of remotely piloted Predator and Reaper aircraft for killing innocent civilians with laser-guided Hellfire missiles and smart bombs.
"Shut down Creech!" the throng chanted after Las Vegas police gave a five-minute warning for the crowd to disperse as base personnel arrived...
more photos here
International Women's Day, Sunday March 8, 10:00 am
Saint Mary's Cathedral, 1111 Geary, San Francisco
Salvatore Cordileone, long-time enemy of abortion rights and gay marriage, has imposed a "Morality Clause" on all the teachers in Catholic schools in San Francisco, which condemns the supposed "grave evils" of things like homosexuality, abortion & birth control, masturbation, and sex outside of marriage. San Francisco is home to over 90,000 LGBT people, and Cordileone and his dark ages politics are not welcome here.
Come out and STAND UP! Love is NOT a sin, sex is NOT a sin, abortion is NOT a sin, and there is NOTHING SACRED or "moral" about keeping people down.
REJECT Cordileone! REJECT patriarchy! REJECT a dark ages morality!
Endless incarceration, extrajudicial killing, pervasive surveillance, drone strikes in defiance of national boundaries, torture on demand, and immunity for all of the above:
Washington, more than any other power, created the modern international community of laws and treaties, yet it now reserves the right to defy those same laws with impunity. A sovereign ruler should, said [Nazi Germany's chief jurist Carl] Schmitt, discard laws in times of national emergency. So the United States, as the planet's last superpower or, in Schmitt's terms, its global sovereign, has in these years repeatedly ignored international law, following instead its own unwritten rules of the road for the exercise of world power...
Since the beginning of February the "ISRAEL'S WAR CRIMES: YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK" ad (left) has been appearing on the sides of buses along some of the popular bus routes in San Francisco. The photo is from the Israeli invasion of Gaza in 2014 that killed more than 2000 Palestinians, mostly noncombatants, and displaced nearly 10% of the population.
NoTaxDollarsToIsrael.com works to end the use of taxpayer funding to Israel, including tax exemption to projects in Israel that support the abuse of human rights.
photo by Phil Pasquini
Government leaders and corporations fiddle like Nero while the Earth burns, pointing the finger at each other and criminally condemning the planet to sure destruction...
John Kiriakou is the only CIA employee to go to prison in connection with the agency's torture program. Not because he tortured anyone, but because he revealed information on torture to a reporter.
In a wide-ranging phone interview with The Intercept, Kiriakou, 50, shared his thoughts on the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA interrogation techniques, on his incarceration, and on his future after prison.
Kiriakou began his final 'Letter from Loretto' by expressing gratitude to all the people who supported him throughout his time in prison. He mentions a few of the friends he made while imprisoned. He then declares, "By the time you read this, I'll be home. Now the real work can begin--the struggle for human rights, civil liberties and prison reform. I can guarantee you that I am unbowed, unbroken, uninstitutionalized and ready to fight."
painting by Robert Shetterley
Observers of Martin Luther King Jr. Day have this year linked the federal holiday to a rallying cry in recent months during demonstrations over police brutality: "Black lives matter." - Reuters
"The problem of police brutality is real; it's going on in every major city." - Gabriel Baez, nephew of Eric Garner
..organizers said they "demand the leadership of the state take immediate action to institute meaningful, systemic policy solutions to address the worst racial disparities in the country." - AP report from St. Paul, Minnesota
In year that saw renewed calls for racial justice, over 50 nationwide demonstrations held to 'desanitize' the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. - Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams
Press Conference followed by March to Office of the Dean
West Terrace of Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley
"Why is one of the central perpetrators of a systematic torture regime teaching at Berkeley law school and welcomed in our most respectable opinion venues?"
Boalt Hall administrators have been dodging that question for nearly a decade. Remedy for crimes against humanity has no expiration date; apologists for the repudiated opinions of John Yoo have no legal standing, and people of conscience refuse to accept brutality carried out in their name. Release of the Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture has strengthened resolve of justice advocates from the legal, religious, medical and campus communities around the U.S. for immediate closure of the Guantanamo Torture Camp.
Fire, Disbar, PROSECUTE John Yoo!
Prosecutions are the very best way to ensure that officials don't torture again. The freedom afforded Bush administration officials today threatens to normalize criminal behavior by "do it again" Cheney and company. The Center for Constitutional Rights' Michael Ratner applauds investigation by a German human rights group, but as Curt Goering at The Center for Victims of Torture reminds us, "It is about us. And it is up to all of us to act."
From Ferguson to Guantanamo, masses of people are challenging the legitimacy of policies that contribute to state sanctioned terror.