August 2013 Archives
Human rights supporters opposed to U.S., NATO or Israeli intervention in Syria rallied July 10 in San Francisco's Hallidie Plaza. The speakers and activists attending the rally organized by the ANSWER Coalition vigorously oppose the Obama administration's plan, as announced by the White House on June 13, to directly supply arms to Syrian opposition forces. Protesters also oppose any intervention in Syria by NATO or Israel and any imposition of a "no fly zone," which they fear could ultimately prolong the violence and further destabilize the country. Many believe Washington's real aim is to carry out a regime change as part of its drive to create a new Middle East.
"The main thing to understand is that no matter what the conflict is within Syria--and there are many factions--this is something that the Syrian people will have to solve on their own," Sharat G. Lin of the San Jose Peace and Justice Center told the crowd. "It is our responsibility as peace activists to support the Syrian people, but if the U.S. government plays any role, it will be destabilizing, will cause resentment among the Syrian people and it will not promote democracy, that's for sure. That is why we call for no U.S. or NATO intervention in Syria or anywhere in the Middle East. We should encourage a dialogue within Syria, and also in Egypt, so the people within these countries can, over a period of time, develop their democratic institutions and choose leaders that represent their interests alone, not the interests of world capitals or U.S. hegemony."
In addition to calling for the U.S. to stay out of Syria, Stephanie Tang of World Can't Wait urged the crowd to support Edward Snowden for his courageous action in revealing the U.S. government's vast, unlawful surveillance programs. "Because of Edward Snowden, the entire world knows that the U.S. has an extensive, unbelievably universal system of political surveillance," she said. "It is intolerable; it is morally unacceptable and it's just a piece of the bigger problem--torture, drones, and the Bush Doctrine that has been expanded and refined by Obama."
Other speakers included Gloria La Riva of the Party for Socialism and Liberation and Richard Becker of ANSWER, among others.
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Tourists passing through Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco February 23rd were intrigued by a one-fifth-scale replica of a Reaper drone, created by knowdrones.com, which provides drone replicas and educational materials to support citizen action to achieve an international ban on weaponized and surveillance drones.
A 1/5 scale replica of an MQ-9 Reaper drone crafted by knowdrones.com, which provides drone replicas and educational materials to support citizen action to achieve an international ban on weaponized and surveillance drones. (photo Phil Pasquini)
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The Bureau's new study focused mainly on strikes around a single village in North Waziristan -- attacks that were aimed at one of al Qaeda's few remaining senior figures, Yahya al-Libi. He was finally killed by a CIA drone strike on June 4 2012.
Cenk Uygur breaks it down.