July 2014 Archives
The Abortion Rights Freedom Ride 2014 is about to launch with the first People's Hearing, this Wednesday,
July 30, 5:00 pm.
Then, it's into the streets on Thursday to protest at the Republican Party Headquarters in Houston.
People of conscience must stand against and resist the crimes of our own government, and that includes U.S. political and military support for the crimes of its allies, when those powers commit crimes against humanity. During the 1980's when wars rocked Central America, and also when South African apartheid was being challenged -- it made a real difference when people inside the U.S. woke up to the facts of what their own government was doing, and questioned which side America was on, right or wrong -- and if it was the WRONG side (oppressive, corrupt, immoral, etc.) a dividing line became clear - and many, many people inside the empire publicly stood up and said NO to the U.S. Empire. That is what is needed today, once again!
Year after year, Israel receives billions in funding from the United States. In 2007 the U.S. government agreed to provide Israel with $30 billion in military aid over the next decade. The transfer of this aid to Israel actually violates U.S. law. But don't expect U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to seek any arrest warrants against Barack Obama or any other U.S. officials.
The U.S. government must be brought to account for arming Israel. We must demand that illegal support of Israel stop immediately -- and also, we must demand that threats and other actions against Iraq by the U.S. and Israel also cease.
As Iraq's disintegration into darkness progresses, it sickens me to think of all the Iraqis I met and became friends with, who have since been killed, disappeared or have become refugees. What is left of Iraq, this mess that is no longer a country, should be considered the legacy of decades of US policy there, dating back to the moment when Saddam Hussein was in power and enjoyed Washington's support. With Maliki, it has simply been a different dictator, enjoying even more such support (until these last weeks), and using similarly barbaric tactics against Iraqis.
-- Dahr Jamail, A Nation on the Brink
Meanwhile, for most Palestinians in Gaza the anxiety-inducing soundtrack to their lives is the constant buzz of the remotely piloted aircraft - better known as "drones" - that hover in the skies above.
Drones are increasingly being used for surveillance and extra-judicial execution in parts of the Middle East, especially by the US, but in nowhere more than Gaza has the drone become a permanent fixture of life."