November 2012 Archives

courage to resist

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"Bradley Manning is in a sense the poster person for all of us who have struggled against the wars of the last decade. He stands charged with allegedly leaking information about American war crimes and other matters of public concern to Wikileaks. We, and we are not alone on this, do not see whistleblowing on such activities as a crime but as an elemental humanitarian act and public service. Private Manning has paid the price for his alleged acts with over 900 days of pre-trial confinement and is now facing life imprisonment for simple acts of humanity. For letting the American people know what they perhaps did not want to know but must know- when soldiers, American soldiers, go to war some awful things can happen and do. He has also suffered torture at the hands of the American government for his brave stand. We have become somewhat inured to foreign national being tortured by the American government at places like Guantanamo and other black hole locales. We have even become somewhat inured to American citizens being tortured and killed by the American government by drones and other methods. But we know, or should know, that when the American government stands accused of torturing an American soldier for not toeing the war line then we private citizens are in serious trouble -- Markin

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About 50 activists (including war veterans young and old) rallied in front of the Marine Recruiting office in Berkeley on November 27th in solidarity with whistle blower Bradley Manning.

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In the space of 24 hours this week the engineer-turned-politician has been praised internationally for brokering a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza and excoriated at home as a "new pharaoh" who has seized dictatorial powers and betrayed the revolution that overthrew Hosni Mubarak last year...

power grab an odd way to build democracy

What drives the U.S. love affair with dictators?

Photo: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with the Egyptian President in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. (AP)

the 'cult of the Iron Dome'

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War as spectator sport?

Israelis are not the first to be entertained by the spectacle of death and destruction (watching an attack on Syria, left). The American Civil War served as diversion for some as well... at least initially:

Expecting an easy Union victory, the wealthy elite of nearby Washington, including congressmen and their families, had come to picnic and watch the battle. When the Union army was driven back in a running disorder, the roads back to Washington were blocked by panicked civilians attempting to flee in their carriages.

Reality bytes.

Every death that takes place in Gaza is not just the loss of a human life but a gradual demise of collective conscience which is so agonizingly silent towards the sufferings of a downtrodden nation and to the unspeakable tyrannies of a colonizing murderous regime...

The Red Line Israel Brazenly Crossed

By Dennis Loo (11/13/12)

In May of this year NATO leaders met in Chicago - after making sure that no demonstrators would be allowed to come anywhere remotely near their meeting place, after all, they were planning peace and you can't have protestors demanding an end to wars at a peace conference - and one of the, if not, the biggest announcements coming out of it was that NATO accepted Obama's plan to withdraw NATO and US troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

At the end of the NATO confab, on May 22, 2012, CNN interviewed Afghan Puppet President Hamid Karzai who said: "We have finalized plans so 2014 will be a year in which the United States will not be spending as much money in Afghanistan as it is spending today. It will save money and we will be providing security ourselves," he said. "That transition and the eventual withdrawal in 2014 of the U.S. forces and otherNATO forces from Afghanistan is good for Afghanistan and good for our allied countries."

The CNN article online was entitled: "NATO accepts Obama timetable to end war in Afghanistan by 2014."

Now scroll forward to November 12, 2012 and Agence France-Presse reports that Obama's advisers are deciding how many US troops to leave behind in Afghanistan indefinitely:


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The commander of NATO and US troops in Afghanistan, General John Allen, has submitted a range of recommendations that are being studied by top officials at the White House and the Pentagon, [Defense Secretary Leon] Panetta told reporters aboard his plane.

"General Allen has worked on several options that we are now reviewing and working with the White House on," said Panetta, en route to Australia for a week-long trip to Asia.

"And my hope is that we'll be able to complete this process within the next few weeks."

He added: "I'm confident that we're going be able to get to the right number for the post-2014 enduring presence."

The "post-2014 enduring presence."

Withdrawal and enduring presence don't sound synonymous to me, do they to you?

As for the "right number for the post-2014 enduring presence," how about zero?

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On October 2nd, facts surrounding the shooting death of Alan Blueford finally began to come to light. Alan Blueford's parents were provided copies of police and coroner reports on the killing of their son. Those reports were redacted by authorities yet still provide insight into a number of the circumstances surrounding the murder of an unarmed teenager by Oakland police officer Miguel Masso. One sad fact is that Alan Blueford's last words were, "I didn't do anything," before officer Masso gunned him down. On October 3rd, Alameda County district attorney Nancy O'Malley's office issued the results their "investigation" into the shooting, effectively exonerating Masso of any criminal liability in the case. The DA's report relies almost entirely on Masso's account and ignores contradictory witness statements and factual evidence. For instance, Masso claimed that Alan Blueford was holding a gun when Masso first shot him, but the crime scene report says that a gun was found twenty feet away from Alan Blueford (although no forensic photographs were made of the location of this gun). Nancy O'Malley's report makes no mention of the gun being so far from the deceased Alan Blueford. Likewise, O'Malley's report completely ignores the discrepancy that Masso claimed to have first fired when Alan Blueford was still on his feet, yet eleven witnesses stated that Alan Blueford was on the ground before Masso fired all three shots. On October 16th, Alan Blueford's family, attorneys, and supporters delivered an 8-page response to the District Attorney and held a press conference on the steps of the Alameda County court house to announce their disgust with the District Attorney's "biased and unprofessional" work (full video and PDFs below). The Justice for Alan Blueford Coalition (JAB) is continuing to press their demands for accountability by sponsoring the "Bay Area Families March Against Police Brutality" in downtown Oakland on November 10th.

AN EXPOSE OF THE "INVESTIGATION OF THE SHOOTING DEATH OF ALAN BLUEFORD"

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