May 2015 Archives

Abolish Death By Incarceration

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It took Bill Clinton only eight years to double the nation's prison population. It didn't have to be this way.

Intercept Drone Attacks

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UPDATE: First case in Germany on behalf of Yemeni victims

Close the U.S. Drone Satellite Relay Station at Ramstein Air Base, Germany

The Ramstein relay station is essential to U.S. drone attacks because it "enables drone operators in the American Southwest to communicate with their remote aircraft in Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan and other targeted countries." [Today marked] the opening of a court case in Cologne on May 27 on behalf of Faisal bin Ali Jaber, an environmental engineer from Yemen who lost his brother-in-law and a nephew to a U.S. drone attack in 2012. 

His suit seeks to force the German government act to close the Ramstein relay station under a provision of German law that allows people to seek redress if they have suffered harm from activities generated on German soil, in this case drone execution without due process. 

"This is an extremely important case not only because it has the potential for stopping U.S. drone attacks but because it may expose much about the U.S. drone program that has been kept secret from the American public and the world," said Nick Mottern, Director of KnowDrones.com

see VIGIL AT GERMAN CONSULATE

The political and media elite, and yes, Jeb Bush would have us put down the invasion of Iraq as a terrible mistake and move on.   

Well, let's not -- because that's a false narrative, and everyone who was involved in the debate over the war knows that it's false. The Iraq war wasn't an innocent mistake, a venture undertaken on the basis of intelligence that turned out to be wrong. America invaded Iraq because the Bush administration wanted a war. The public justifications for the invasion were nothing but pretexts, and falsified pretexts at that. We were, in a fundamental sense, lied into war. 

-- Paul Krugman, op-ed columnist for the New York Times

E n d l e s s  W a r

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U.S. and Gulf monarchies meet at Camp David, agree to flood Middle East with "missile defense" systems. Photo by Kevin Lamarque, REUTERS

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"..you can't understand Baltimore's unrest in isolation from the violence its residents face at the hands of their own government." 

-- Nathalie Baptiste, OtherWords

Nonviolence for Whom?

In his six years as president, Obama has killed more people than died on 9/11.

"Human Rights and Global Wrongs" law professor, writer and social critic Marjorie Cohn analyzes the President's wars of aggression -- and much more.

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