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A Song for Bradley Manning - David Rovics [23 Feb 2011|04:39pm]

"A Song for Bradley Manning" (full band version)
By David Rovics
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[24 Dec 2010|02:02pm]

why, why must we fight? why do we fight, why?

** FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS ** FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2010 file photo, a mourner reacts as he kneels next to the coffin of Marine Lance Cpl.Abram LaRue Howard at the Williamsport Area High School Auditorium in Williamsport, Pa. Howard, 21, was serving in Afghanistan on July 27, 2010 when he died of injuries from a roadside bomb blast in Helmand province.

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[22 Dec 2010|11:36pm]

A young man volunteers for the service of his country. An intelligent and noble man, he seeks no awards, and seeks no fame. He simply sees injustice, he sees lies. He exposes secrets that he believes should be known to the world. A thing that many have done and will continue to do. Is Bradley Manning a spy, did he sell secrets to the Russians? Probably not, he probably helped expose what he thought was worth exposing. But lets get it put to rest.

So good or bad, this young man needs to be tried in a court of law, not held INDEFINITELY for 211 days. It is called innocent until proven guilty, and everyone in the military and white house that has anything to do with this is showing the world that we in the USA don't do as we say, we don't practice what we preach.

Obviously the White House (and military) wants the world to forget wikileaks, and they want to wait it out. . . .when will we have a fair trial for this young man who served his country?

Give Bradley Manning his chance at trial, NOW. Innocent until proven guilty. This man is a decorated serviceman and deserves some respect.


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This is not an analogy.... [08 Dec 2010|12:17pm]

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Zainab Salbi: "Women, wartime and the dream of peace" [30 Nov 2010|01:03am]

In war we often see only the frontline stories of soldiers and combat. AT TED 2010, Zainab Salbi tells powerful "backline" stories of women who keep everyday life going during conflicts, and calls for women to have a place at the negotiating table once fighting is over.

Iraqi-born Zainab Salbi founded and runs Women for Women International, and has dedicated her life to helping women in war-torn regions rebuild their lives and communities.

In her memoir Hidden in Plain Sight: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam, Zainab Salbi writes of being raised in Saddam Hussein's inner circle -- her father was Saddam's personal pilot. She left Iraq for an arranged marriage in the US, which quickly became another form of tyranny. But in 1993, when she heard of the rape and concentration camps in Bosnia, she realized she could no longer remain passive. Salbi founded Women for Women International to help women who are victims of war in every way -- from those who've been physically harmed to those who suffer from the poverty that war and strife inevitably bring. WFWI provides economic and emotional aid, job-skills training, and rights education, empowering women to stop the cycle of violence and create social change.

In her latest book, The Other Side of War: Women's Stories of Survival & Hope, she shares personal stories of women's experience in conflict. As she writes: "War is not a computer-generated missile striking a digital map. War is the color of earth as it explodes in our faces, the sound of child pleading, the smell of smoke and fear. Women survivors of war are not the single image portrayed on the television screen, but the glue that holds families and countries together. Perhaps by understanding women, and the other side of war ... we will have more humility in our discussions of wars... perhaps it is time to listen to women's side of history."

The Other Side of War: Women's Stories of Survival & Hope Cover
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I voted, therefore I complain.... [03 Nov 2010|11:17am]

Despite the fact the westward wave of Big Money worship hit the Sierra Nevada range and broke, the war party gained significant ground. Not that anyone ever mentioned our wars during the campaigning beyond bragging about war crimes. These incidents all happened yesterday over the span of an hour:

  • _Sadr City: 21 killed, 46 wounded by car bomb near a market in eastern Baghdad Shiite neighborhood.
  • _Al-Shaab: 4 killed, 15 wounded by car bomb near a popular cafe in mostly Shiite area in northeast Baghdad.
  • _Amin: 6 killed, 21 wounded when a motorcycle exploded in Shiite neighborhood in east Baghdad.
  • _Ur: 3 killed, 12 wounded in roadside bombing in northeast Shiite area.
  • _Kazimiyah: 4 killed, 9 wounded in roadside bomb in Shiite north Baghdad suburb.
  • _Husseiniyah: 7 killed, 22 wounded by car bomb at a popular market in north Baghdad suburb that is predominantly Shiite.
  • _Jihad: 3 killed, 12 wounded by bomb that hit a police patrol in southwest Baghdad area that has distinct Sunni-Shiite sections. Among the casualties, a policeman was killed and three other police were wounded.
  • _Amil: 1 killed, 2 wounded in roadside bombing in southwest Baghdad Shiite neighborhood.
  • _Shiite suburb of Azamiyah: 5 killed, 17 wounded by three mortar rounds that landed near the Shiite al-Jawadiya mosque.
  • _Rahmaniyah: 8 killed, 21 wounded in western Baghdad car bombing in Shiite neighborhood.
  • _Shiite enclave of Dora: 5 killed, 18 injured by car bomb that blew up in the main street of area in southern Baghdad.
  • _Ghazaliyah: 2 killed, 14 wounded by two mortar rounds that hit Sunni neighborhood in northwest Baghdad.
  • _Shula: 7 killed, 23 wounded by car bomb outside a restaurant in Shiite neighborhood in northwest Baghdad.
"Come see what we have won with a saber and a gun...."
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The War in Afghanistan: Going much worse than has been admitted [25 Jul 2010|08:40pm]

Big Wikileaks.org set of revelations from Afghan war doccuments 2004 - 2010.

BBC overview: 'Hidden US Afghan war details' revealed by Wikileaks

Guardian: Afghanistan war logs: Story behind biggest leak in intelligence history

Guardian: Afghanistan war logs: Massive leak of secret files exposes truth of occupation

• Hundreds of civilians killed by coalition troops
• Covert unit hunts leaders for 'kill or capture'
• Steep rise in Taliban bomb attacks on NATO
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As Bombs Are Raining... [25 Jul 2010|04:39pm]



"The people who are trying to make this world worse are not taking a day off, how can I?" -Bob Marley

My visual art is for informative purposes only and is not for sale.
Peace be with the ones who were left behind from this world.
More outrage is required by the masses.

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Theresa McDermott "Ach no, I'm not brave!" [08 Jun 2010|12:06am]

[ mood | Angier than for years ]

Theresa McDermott, an Edinburgh postal worker, was a member of the Free Gaza Movement flotilla, attempting to deliver humanitarian aid materials and to highlight the illegality of Israel's blockade of Gaza. This is what she did on her holiday.

Last Monday, the Scottish ship and several others were seized on the high sea, and "escorted" to Israel. As part of this operation, Israeli commandos killed nine people on the Turkish aid vessel Mavi Marmara, shooting them at point-blank range.

Amongst the world's outcry, this action was immediately castigated in the baldest possible terms by The Elders, chaired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The Elders reiterated their condemnation of the illegal collective punishment of the Gazan people as "one of the world’s greatest human rights violations", and called on the UN to end the blockade.

Ms McDermott was violently abducted, held captive in Israel, refused consular assistance, repeatedly exposed to aggressive and public humiliation, and threatened with death.

She was released just in time to attend the funeral of her colleagues in Istanbul. Some of the people who were abducted are still being held, however. She's now back in Edinburgh, and spoke at Saturday's demonstration (5 June 2010).

Afterwards, I went up to her, and told her I think she's very brave. Her reply? "Ach no, I'm not brave!" I hope her colleagues at the Post Office give her a hero's welcome when she returns to work.

Meanwhile the Irish aid vessel Rachel Corrie was captured by the Israelis on Saturday. The people on board are presently being held incommunicado. And soon, a Jewish aid ship will set out for Gaza.

tl;dr? Enough is enough. Boycott Israel.

Say something. Think something. Write something. Feel something. Do something.

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Cynthia McKinney in Germany [12 Feb 2010|12:47am]

Cynthia McKinney Speech, Munich, Germany. Former U.S. Congress Representive McKinney is the recipient of this year's Munich American Peace Committee's "Peace through Conscience" award.

Thank you for allowing me to come from the United States and participate in this rally for peace.

My country has been hijacked by a criminal cabal intent on using the hard-earned dollars of the American people for war, occupation, and empire.

As a result, the national leadership of my country, both Democratic and Republican, became complicit in war crimes, torture, crimes against humanity, and crimes against the peace.

As a Member of Congress from the Democratic Party, I drafted Articles of Impeachment against George Bush, Dick Cheney, and Condoleezza Rice. Later, when Democrats voted to support more war rather than take care of the needs of the people, I declared my independence from them and all national leadership; the Green Party nominated me to run for President, which I did on a platform of truth, justice, peace, and dignity.

I watched as Candidate Barack Obama came here to Germany to speak. I saw tears on the faces of many in the crowd who believed that, finally, there was something worth believing in again. That America had turned a page from its evil playbook that had so outraged and disappointed the world. That good was finally about to triumph over evil.

I know that beleaguered people all over the world, victims of cruel and deadly military, economic, imperial policies finally could believe in hope and change. And America could be believed in again.

Everywhere I went all over the world there were pictures of Barack Obama, slogans “Yes, We Can,” and the words “Hope” and “Change” plastered everywhere.

And after eight years of George W. Bush, Barack Obama seemed to be the man the world was waiting for.

So when the Candidate became the President, we held our breath in anticipation.

That torture and rendition; spying on innocent, dissenting Americans; war and occupation; crimes against the U.S. Constitution and crimes against the peace would end and that the United States would finally join the community of nations.

Sadly, one year into the Presidency of Barack Obama, that is not the case.

On our front door step we have witnessed U.S. complicity in the overthrow of President Zalaya in Honduras and the hostile takeover of Haiti by 20,000 troops with guns sent in when the devastated people needed food, doctors, and heavy lifting equipment.

President Obama is expanding U.S. troop presence in Colombia, threatening the people’s gains in Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Cuba, and Nicaragua.

President Obama has drones killing innocent people in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia. And Administration lawyers are trying to figure out how to legally kill U.S. citizens. You even have U.S. assassination teams on German soil!

Sadly, President Obama is guilty of every item I cited in my Articles of Impeachment against President Bush.

Both Tony Blair and President Obama justify war in Afghanistan by citing the tragedy of the September 11th attacks in New York and on the Pentagon. But my government has not told the truth about what really happened that day. Just like they lied to start a war against Iraq.

So what are we to do? Let us work together on behalf of truth, justice, peace, and dignity. I will struggle in the U.S. and I will struggle with you:

Not one more dime for war.

We can’t give in and we can’t give up. We must take our countries back.

Source page on globalresearch.ca, with video and more material
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three new blog posts from DAM [09 Nov 2009|11:14am]


The Dialogues Against Militarism delegation, currently in Jerusalem, have posted three new blog entries. Check it out, and also forward/repost far and wide!


includes poetry, analysis, and gratitude. check it out!
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DAM delegation arrives in Be'er Sheva [04 Nov 2009|01:03pm]

*cross posted *

The Dialogues against Militarism delegation has arrived in Be'er Sheva; here is their very first blog post.

please post the link to their blog anywhere where folks are doing anti-militarism work and Palestine solidarity work!

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[05 Nov 2009|09:41pm]

I wonder if this soldier who killed the 12 people had been to combat before? If he was a Major, my guess is that he may have been to Iraq or Afganistan before? This is sad. I have read about people who during combat (or afterwards) snap and just go crazy. I remember a story about a sniper in Vietnam who just started to shoot his own troops. . .now and then he would just pick off one of his own comrades. Took them a while to figure out why they where losing troops. They say the sniper just stopped caring about who he shot. War is a hell and people don't realize the emotional and mental anguish it causes people. I can only imagine as I have never been shot at in war.

This was a sick thing that this guy did. Odd that media was reporting the shooter was killed. .. .yet wasn't. Well really not that odd, military incidents are never opaque to the media.
All I can say is that combat takes it's toll. Maybe this officer just saw too many battle worn young men, men whose minds had been twisted with death and destruction. If that is the case, the battle came home via our own troops, not some terrorist that is visiting with a green card. The battle came home people, think about that next time you see a veteran or see our troops going off to war. The mind doesn't shut things out so quickly. You can't just send a young man to war then believe he will come home and be a fine young citizen. It doesn't always work that way.

It's sick how fast you can kill people with bullets. Whether it is a freaked out officer killing his own peers or a machine gun in the battlefield, flying lead is incredible killer and it's really sick how fast you can die from a bullet wound. I am sure the families of the twelve dead are thinking about that right now. All of a sudden their loved ones are gone.

Officials: Fort Hood shootings suspect alive; 12 dead

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[18 Oct 2009|09:30pm]

This afternoon, around 70 people gathered in Chadderton, Greater Manchester at the launch demonstration of the Target Brimar campaign.

The campaign opposes the activities of Brimar, a Manchester-based company which makes military components used by the British and American armies in Iraq and Afghanistan and by Israeli forces in Palestine and Lebanon, and which have also been sold to other militaries around the world. Although the company stresses the 'situational awareness' and defensive role of many of the items it manufactures, it also contributes parts to F16 fighters, Apache attack helicopters and Javelin missiles and lists 'target acquisition systems' for ground-launched missiles amongst its products.

In sunny weather the demonstration – which included generations of Manchester residents, from babies to veteran peace campaigners – started peacefully and in good spirits. Meeting at the Gardeners Arms roundabout in Moston, it proceeded along the Greengate to the industrial estate where Brimar's factory is sited, where food and a children's play area had been set up. The procession included Critical Mass cyclists, banners and music.

Unfortunately, during the talks and music which followed, Oldham Police chose to abuse their power by arresting three co-defendants from the Edo Decommissioners trial who were present to show their support for the Target Brimar campaign.Collapse )
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Is it Time? [24 Aug 2009|09:46am]


Is it time to take back America? Is it time to take back America?
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DSEi, the world's largest arms fair, 8th - 11th September, East London. [07 Sep 2009|12:07am]

Over a million people have died in the US/UK invasion of Iraq. 1400 Palestinian civilians were killed during the Israeli attacks on Gaza in January 2009. The exhibitors at DSEi are making huge profits from these conflicts - for example the devastation in Gaza was aided by UK arms sales of over £27 million in 2008.

Ewa Jasiewicz, a human rights worker in Gaza during the bombardment advocated taking our fight against this "from the streets into the offices, factories and headquarters, to the heart of the companies making a killing."

However, the arms trade and the military-industrial complex is supports should not be seen as a single issue campaign.

Many asylum seekers have fled from the effects of war and the arms trade. In locking these people up, and calling them scroungers, the government conveninently ignores the huge profits made by UK companies who made the weapons which destroyed their homelands.

The military are climate criminals responsible for 25% of air pollution. Scientists for Global Responsibility said in 2006 that the UK armed forces were responsible for emitting 5m tonnes of carbon dioxide. A 2002 report from the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution found that "the performance requirements of military aircraft suggest that compared to civil aircraft, they are likely to produce proportionately more emissions."

Animal testing plays a major role in military research. In 2006 more than 21,000 animals - including monkeys, ferrets and pigs - were subjected to experimentation at Porton Down. This was a 76% increase from 2000. Tests include applying fatal doses of nerve agent to an animal's skin, and giving primates sarin and anthrax.

The bankers, the investors, are the glue which bind all these issues together. High street banks invest billions in the arms trade and support the corporations profiting from environmental destruction, attacks on migrants, and animal torture. Given these banks invest in death, destruction and displacement, their reluctance to help those facing redundancy and repossession is unsurprising.

Banks are only interested in profit. Investing heavily in the arms trade, they care little about the victims of war or UK workers. Their investment in 'high risk' arms sales to Africa, Asia and the Middle East is another gamble with our own economy, all to line their own pockets.

DISARM DSEi call for people to join together to unstick these institutions, expose the devastation they cause, and hold them to account for their actions. For further action join DISARM DSEi on 8th September, 12 noon, City of London.
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Australian/UK resistance to the Afghanistan war. [10 Aug 2009|07:20pm]


Desert war games involving 30,000 US and Australian troops rehearsing Afghanistan manoeuvres in the Australian bush was interrupted last week after seven activists occupied the land – with two lasting for the full eleven days – stopping the live fire phase of the exercise. It was similar to the action by Ofog in June in Sweden (See SchNEWS 680).

The Talisman-Saber ‘09 military exercise at the Shoalwater Military Exercise Area in central Queensland is a biennial event - in 2007 it was also interrupted by protests and a rare white humpback whale (See SchNEWS 594). This year again there was a range of protests including community events, leafleting the troops, conducting a hokey cokey at the perimeter of the military zone, stopping army trucks and occupying the Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area.

On the last day of the exercise the final two activists - Yulanji Bardon and Emily Nielsen - handed themselves into military police and were arrested for trespassing. Of the other five, three were also arrested, and two not, having voluntarily walked off the site. Emily said “These exercises are not just a ten-day long game of laser tag as Brigadier Bob Brown and the media would have us believe. They represent Australia joining the United States in the illegal invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan where thousands of civilians have been killed.”

Groups stayed in camps dotted around the range, forcing the limit of live fire. In a parody of the US coalition’s inability to find al Qaeda in the Afghan hills, again, despite helicopters, military dogs, and thousands of soldiers patrolling the land, they still couldn’t find protesters living in tents in the bush! In a separate action earlier in Talisman-Saber ‘09, four Christian peace campaigners were discovered – by soldiers playing insurgents.

* See www.peaceconvergence.com


As the situation in Afghanistan escalates, with mounting casualties on both sides, court martial proceedings have begun against a British soldier who refused to fight a second tour of duty in protest against the war.

Joe Glenton went AWOL in 2007 but handed himself in to the authorities earlier this year. During a preliminary hearing on Monday (3rd), Glenton’s lawyer told the court that he planned to fight the desertion charges, using in his defence expert testimony questioning the legality of the war. Glenton faces up to two years in prison if he is convicted.

Last week Glenton delivered a letter to Gordon Brown in which he condemned the war and the actions of the government. “The war in Afghanistan is not reducing the terrorist risk, far from improving Afghan lives it is bringing death and devastation to their country,” Glenton wrote. “...the courage and tenacity of my fellow soldiers has become a tool of American foreign policy.”

While the military is prosecuting Glenton for refusing to participate in the destruction of a country, the government is now looking into refusing citizenship to any prospective Brits who choose to protest against it. In the latest citizenship scheme, people applying for British passport could face penalties or even a refusal for anything that could be constituted an “active disregard for British values” which the Home Office have refused to deny could include protesting against a war that recent polls suggest a majority of Brits are against.

* See http://stopwar.org.uk/content/view/1400/1/
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list anti-war songs [08 Aug 2009|03:04am]

from russian media-activist-community music_action  (Music for Social and Civil Action)
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roger's iran-related conspiracy theory [03 Aug 2009|05:37pm]

US gas prices went down, and iran's economy took a hit

that's why people were out in the streets. lack of cash yo. lack. of. cash.

and here's my rosy exaggeration of said conspiracy theory:

lizards planned it all out perfectly and timed this in conjunction with an election that they predicted would be as corrupt as all others, but piss off the significant 30-something-and-under popular more than most!
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[08 Aug 2009|10:34am]

What is legitimate interest?

A lady named Daniel Gordon wrote a response to the accusations that the DOD violated rules. The link to this report is below. Now this is written by a lawyer, she is counsel to someone. In this she explains how the GAO looked into accusations of wrong doing by the DOD. It's clear she was looking for lawful violations, no ethical compromises. In her expose the question becomes, what is the "legistimate interest" of the DOD? Is it in the interest of the DOD to fight a war and win the public opinon of that war, no matter what?
In Daniels letter, she writes:
"Clearly, DOD attempted to favorably influence public opinion with respect to the Administration’s war policies in Iraq and Afghanistan through the RMOs."
She says that twice actually. . .no doubt about it. The DOD attempted to influence. . .but was it illegal? No, depending on your view of "legitimate interest". I don't see it in the interest of the US military to even MONITOR public opinion about a war.

Why should my taxpayer money go to kill civilians in Iraq? That is bad enough, but why do my taxes also go to a contractor (named Omnitec) that gives the DOD a pulse of the public opinion? Why are we paying for that? Isn't that what our local, state, and federal representatives are for? They monitor public opinion by getting letters in the mail. Then they report to congress.

Again Mrs. Gordon does a good legal job of explaining things. She even points out that is all she is doing. . explaing the legal issues. She writes:
"This opinion does not examine whether the RMO outreach program resulted in a competitive advantage for RMOs or compromised DOD procurement with RMO-affiliated defense contractors."

Exactly. . .it's all about did you break the law. Well I think the laws need to be changed. The military has no business knowing if a war is popular or not. We the citizens of the United States and our elected representatives will do that job. The militarys job is to fight wars. Oh wait, it's the "Department of Defense". They only defend the country, not fight wars. Hey they even have some of that media spin in their name. How clever! The DOD, which means we only defend. . .yeah right.

But there lies the problem. Warfare is secret, so how does the military discuss the doings of war? It selectively does it, that's how. The military rarely if ever shows the dead children, they don't show the destroyed church. They only show the radar picture of a taliban fort being blown up. What do you all think? Do you think the military has a interest in showing their version of the war? Well DOD contractors sure do have an interest in it.

"Omnitec Contract at 15--16. The contract provided that Omnitec would report how coverage reflected, or failed to reflect, DOD’s stated policies or views. Id. Typical Omnitec reports list names of RMOs who provided commentary during a given period of time, summarize the commentary, and provide excerpts of transcripts of the RMOs’ comments.16
We learned from DOD Comptroller’s office that between November 2004 and October 2007, DOD paid Omnitec Solutions $1,837,989. We also identified 19 civilian public affairs staff and 3 active military personnel involved in the RMO outreach program at various times between fiscal years 2002 and 2008, including two assistant secretaries and one Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs."


Does the media influence the war? This photo of a burned child and families fleeing their homes is a historic photo. Media play of this single photo helped bring about a huge wave of anti-war effort towards the Vietnam conflict.
Note: A parent my notice the children are walking funny. That is because the kids have burns on their arms. . painful burns.

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