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Julian Assange interviewed by David Frost; 131 Vets Arrested: Veterans for Peace White House Civil Disobedience to End War; Ellsberg on WikiLeaksDecember 21, 2010
Julian Assange interviewed by David Frost, a David Paradine Production for Al Jazeera
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Veterans for Peace White House Civil Disobedience to End War. 131 Veterans arrested in front of the White House Dec. 16, 2010 Join them, Click Here…
Hear Daniel Ellsberg’s analysis of WikiLeaks information, and his statement on the Obama Administration’s tranparency.
Part Two: Ellsberg on WikiLeaks
We, at Out of Central Asia Now, have been bringing you opinions from writers from throughout the world. All of the stories were used by us to show we Must End These Wars Now. Today, we bring you from CNN, the following story in full. It is time for our White Ribbons with black letters to be worn on our clothes to show that we want the war(s) over NOW. Read on please.
Withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan By Amitai Etzioni, Special to CNN October 12, 2010 10:11 a.m. EDT
Editor’s note: Amitai Etzioni is a sociologist and professor of international relations at George Washington University and the author of several books, including “Security First” and “New Common Ground.” He was a senior adviser to the Carter administration and has taught at Columbia and Harvard universities and the University of California, Berkeley.
(CNN) — Before I explain why I believe the time has come to start a stop-the-war movement, I should say that I am not one of those intellectuals who has never worried about the fate of their loved ones or gotten his own boots dirty.
My son completed a five-year stint in the U.S. 1st Armored Division. As an Israeli commando, I saw a lot of fighting during Israel’s war for independence. My unit started fighting with 1,100 members; when the fighting stopped, 700 were dead and buried or wounded. And we killed all too many on the other side.
I abhor war and believe we should fight only when there is a clear and present danger, when all other means for resolving a conflict have been truly exhausted and to protect the innocent. Those are the three criteria of a just war. The war in Afghanistan used to meet these criteria. It no longer does.
We invaded Afghanistan to stop it from serving as a base for terrorists of the kind who attacked us on 9/11. This goal has been accomplished.
Fewer than 100 members of al Qaeda are in Afghanistan. There are many more in Yemen and Somalia, which we are not planning to invade.
Video: Karzai: Relations with Obama good
Video: Karzai: Osama bin Laden not here
Video: Failed rescue attempt probe The Taliban has no designs on us, beyond making us leave. After that, the people of Afghanistan can duke it out over which kind of regime they want. If the majority of the Afghan people don’t want the Taliban to rule, they should fight for their rights, as they have shown they can when they defeated the Taliban in 2002 with limited help from us.
Some claim that we must keep fighting to secure human rights, especially women’s rights, and a democratic regime in Afghanistan. However, nothing indicates that we can accomplish in this godforsaken 12th-century country what we did in Germany and Japan after World War II.
The metrics that the U.S. Army keeps inventing to show progress are pitiful. Having committed 100,000 troops and a similar number of “private” contractors against rag-tag, poorly equipped, illiterate locals, we captured a few scores of square miles, opened a few markets and a local government or two. But large and growing areas of Afghanistan are under Taliban control. We should neither die nor kill for an illusion.
Sometimes, a minor news item highlights a much greater issue.
A recent report from an embedded reporter for GlobalPost shows a 19-year-old American soldier getting shot in the head — his helmet saved him from death — as his unit traveled through Kunar Province in late August. They were surveying polling sites for the upcoming elections. Also, a homemade bomb, called an IED, damaged and set afire the lead vehicle of this small convoy and severely wounded its driver.
It seemed absurd to risk lives of Americans, our allies or Afghans to support faux elections.
In many parts of the country, ballot stations could not be opened. In others, massive fraud took place. Adding insult to injury, we congratulated the Afghan government on holding “successful” elections. That way, we did not have to admit to the world and each other that whatever the Karzai government is — one of the most corrupt governments in the world, a foundation of a new narcostate — democracy it ain’t, by a long shot.
How much our entanglement in Afghanistan is turning into a sad farce became all too clear when President Obama flew to Kabul to tell Karzai that he ought to stop corruption.
When, in response, Karzai started negotiating a peace deal with the Taliban, the White House rolled out the red carpet for Karzai and announced that from now on, the U.S. will focus on low-level corruption. Moreover, it turns out that major sources of corruption are our corporations and the CIA.
It’s time to bring our troops home.
To encourage our president and Congress to withdraw the troops, let’s fasten to our lapels white ribbons (for peace) with black letters (mourning those who died) that read “Bring them home.” The time has come to organize teach-ins and antiwar groups. Instead of another march on Washington, let there be rallies across America. Bring the troops home.
The opinions in this commentary are solely those of Amitai Etzioni.
The NATO command and the U.S. Forces are lying to us, the public. They can not be trusted. These wars must end. What is to be gained by continuing? What is Victory? Our friends at Rethink Afghanistan have produced this video of the deaths of 45+ innocent civilians in a small Afghan Village. This has been denied by NATO and the U.S. Forces. What would you do if this were your village? After viewing the video, go to Rethink Afghanistan and send a letter to your Members of Congress.
Noam Chomsky’s Presentation at the National Peace Conference highlighted here; Live: Watch the United National Peace Conference in New York, over 400 registered to attend. Let your voice be heard Now.July 19, 2010
Watch Noam Chomsky’ recorded presentation at the National Peace Conference below:
Watch other presenters at the National Peace Conference at this You Tube site, click here. The story below has been posted last week for your information, and is included again to further understand the Peace Conference’s goals.
BULLETIN: This weekend (July 23-25) Click here: check http://MediaSanctuary.tv for live and recorded video coverage of the National Conference to Bring the Troops Home Now! taking place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Albany, NY. The live video stream begins on Friday night at 7 PM (ET) .
The following information came from the United National Peace Conference organizers via email. This is the latest status of the upcoming gathering in New York July 23 -25. Attend if you can.
- Greetings to Peace and Social Justice Activists:Registrations for this weekend’s national peace conference are soaring with the total now well over 400. There is still room for you at the conference and still time to register! See the program below and the attached Saturday lunch and Saturday night programs, as well as the latest list of workshops.This will be an historic conference and one that you will not want to miss. Register online at www.nationalpeaceconference.org or write UNAC2010@aol.com for more information or call 518-227-6947.
In unity and peace,
Secretary, National Peace Conference
The following was posted at Out of Central Asia Now on and is being reprinted here for your convenience:
CONTACT:Unity United National Peace Conference July 23 – 25, 2010, Albany, NY…Unac2010@aol.com or UNAC at P.O. Box 21675, Cleve.,OH 44121 518-227-6947 http://www.nationalpeaceconference.org
- Casting aside any intention that Washington plans to end its occupation and war against Afghanistan in 2011 or anytime in the foreseeable future, Gen. David Petraeus declared “We are in this to win. That is our clear objective.” Commenting on the General’s statement, New York Tines reporter Dexter Filkins wrote, “Almost every phase of the war [in Afghanistan] is going badly. In June, 102 American and NATO troops lost their lives, more than in any month since the war began. The major offensive in Kandahar , the most important city in the Taliban heartland, has been slowed because of worries over the lack of local support. The Afghan government and army show few signs of being able, or even willing, to take over.. In the United states, public opinion polls show that a majority of Americans have turned against the war.” (7/5/10)The most important question facing the antiwar and social justice movements is: What do we do now?If ever there was a time for these movements to join together to plan united protest actions, this is it. Hundreds of movement activists have already registered for the National Conference to Bring the Troops Home Now to be held in Albany, New York on July 23-25.and many more have expressed plans to attend. PLEASE JOIN US! Register online at http://www.nationalpeaceconference.org
In peace and unity,
Jerry Gordon, Secretary, National Peace Conference
Lahore court rules against drone strikes; Assassination Drones are spreading throughout the world, coming to a city near you soon. End the Wars NOW.July 1, 2010
Lahore court rules against drone strikes
LAHORE, Pakistan, June 30 (UPI) — Federal authorities should take measures to stop drone attacks in Pakistan if they are carried out without formal approval, a Lahore court said Wednesday.
A Lahore court Wednesday called on the government to take appropriate measures to halt strikes by unmanned drones in Pakistan if they aren’t approved by Islamabad, Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper reports. The court was responding to a petition that said drone strikes were a violation of national sovereignty.
Over 40 Nations have Assassination Drones or are working on developing their own Assassination Drones.
The United States has been leading the way in killing targeted “terrorists” through the use of Assassination Drones. Friends, the Genie is out of the lamp. View the video below. Who is the leading nation selling Assassination Drones world-wide? The State of Israel. Read this article in dawn.com, entitled “Spy in the sky rakes in millions for Israel”, click here.
For more information after viewing the video, visit their website, click here.
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Read the United National Antiwar Conference Action Proposal Submitted by Conference Co-Sponsors, click here. Stop the Madness, it is up to YOU:
ACTION: Call: 1-888-543-5234 (toll-free number established by FCNL) connects you with the Capitol Switchboard. Tell your Representatives, No More War Funding. End the Wars NOW.
United National Antiwar Conference (UNAC) Join us in Albany, New York!; Stop the $33 Billion for More WarJune 30, 2010
Call to Action! United National Antiwar Conference (UNAC) Join us in Albany, New York!
July 23-25, 2010
Voters for Peace is pleased to be a co-sponsor of the conference along with 28 other organizations. I’ll be participating in a discussion about whether a right-left alliance against war and empire is necessary and useful. The key note speaker for the conference is Noam Chomsky. internationally renowned political activist, author, and critic of U.S. foreign and domestic policies; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Professor Emeritus of Linguistics. You can see more about the conference at nationalpeaceconference.org. Read the Flyer to the conference here. There’s a registration form on page two.
The following is from the National Peace Conference home page (click here to see more)
National Conference to Bring the Troops Home Now! July 23–25, 2010 Crowne Plaza Hotel, Albany, New York
In these troubled times, Washington’s wars and occupations rage, resulting in an ever increasing number of dead and wounded and the destruction of countries posing no threat to the U.S. Trillions are spent on seemingly endless conflicts in pursuit of profits and global domination, while trillions more are lost by working people in loss of jobs, homes, pensions, health care, and cuts to social programs and public services. The U.S. goes to war to plunder the world’s fossil fuel resources, the unrestrained use of which threatens the future of our planet.
We must demand the immediate and total withdrawal of U.S. military forces, mercenaries and contractors from Afghanistan and Iraq, and the end to drone attacks on Pakistan, Afghanistan, and other countries and call for self-determination for the people of all countries. Moreover, we recognize that the Middle East cauldron today also encompasses Iran, Yemen, Palestine, and Israel, while countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa are targeted for intervention by a militarized U.S. foreign policy.
The urgency of the current world situation DEMANDS UNITY OF ACTION and purpose to generate the broad social movement we must create to not only end wars and occupations, but to fundamentally change the aggressive policies that inevitably lead our country to militarism, racism, and war. Our cry must be “Money for Human Needs; Not for Wars, Occupations, and Bail-Outs.”
Come to a conference where peace, social justice and environmental activists will come together to discuss the major concerns we face and to hammer out an ambitious program of action. The time is long overdue for such a gathering.
Friday evening, July 23: Panel discussion on “Strategies & Tactics in the Struggle to End the Empire’s Wars and Occupations”; Presentation of Action Proposal
Saturday, July 24: Keynote Speakers; Workshops; Lunch panel on Government Repression, Defense of Political Prisoners, and Guantanamo Detainees; Plenary Discussion of Action Proposal, Amendments & Resolutions
Saturday evening, July 24: Public Gathering with speakers & cultural performances
Sunday, July 25: Plenary Discussion and Vote on Action Proposal; Workshops
After Downing Street, Arab American Union Members Council, Bail Out the People Movement, Black Agenda Report, Campaign for Peace and Democracy, Campus Antiwar Network, Citizen Soldier, Code Pink, Fellowship of Reconciliation, International Action Center, Grandmothers Against the War, Granny Peace Brigade, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Military Families Speak Out, May 1st Workers and Immigrant Rights Coalition, National Assembly to End the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and Occupations, National Lawyers Guild, Office of the Americas, Peace Action, Peace of the Action, Progressive Democrats of America, Project Salam, September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, U.S. Labor Against the War, Veterans for Peace, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Voters For Peace, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, World Can’t Wait.
Read the United National Antiwar Conference Action Proposal Submitted by Conference Co-Sponsors, click here.
Stop the Madness, it is up to YOU:
ACTION: Call: 1-888-543-5234 (toll-free number established by FCNL) connects you with the Capitol Switchboard. Tell your Representatives, No More War Funding. End the Wars NOW.
18 Senators (18% of the Senate) wants a timetable to withdraw from Afghanistan. 82 Senators (82% of the Senate) don’t want a timetable to withdraw from Afghanistan. Are they out of touch with their constituents? End the Wars NOW. One Trillion, Two Trillion, millions of lives disrupted permanently, ENOUGH !
After Senator Feingold’s Amendment to set a timetable to withdraw from Afghanistan FAILED, the Senator put out this statement on his Afghanistan Timetable Amendment. We at Out of Central Asia Now applaud his attempt and thank those Senators that voted in FAVOR of the amendment (see below Action). If your Senator is not on this list, call them and tell them you are disappointed in their vote and will not work or conribute to their campaign again. Here’s the list of the 18 senators voting in favor were Boxer (CA), Durbin (IL), Merkley (OR), Sanders (VT), Harkin (IA), Udall (NM), Feingold (WI), Cantwell (WA), Wyden (OR), Brown (OH), Leahy (VT), Murray (WA), Specter (PA), Dorgan (ND), Schumer (NY), Baucus (MT), Gillibrand (NY), and Tester (MT).
Senator Feingold said, “While I am disappointed it did not pass, I am encouraged by the support my Afghanistan timetable amendment received, particularly by most of the Senate Democratic leadership. This amendment would have given the American people the information they deserve on when our massive, open-ended military operation in Afghanistan will end. Now, however, this supplemental will add some $30 billion more to the nearly $300 billion we’ve already spent in Afghanistan, with no end in sight. This cannot go on and is yet another reason why a flexible timetable for drawing down our troops in Afghanistan is necessary and appropriate.
“This amendment is the first attempt in the Senate to get an idea of when this nine-year war in Afghanistan will end. Only 13 senators supported my original attempt to require a timetable for Iraq, and today, a timetable is exactly what is in place in Iraq. I am confident that, over time, more and more members will listen to their constituents and support my efforts to require a flexible timeline for ending the Afghan war.”
Take Action NOW:
If your senators voted in favor of an exit strategy, please thank them. If they opposed it, please express your disappointment.
A special thanks to the Fellowship of Reconciliation for their email alert on this issue. For more information about the Fellowship, click here.
“Out of Afghanistan Caucus” formed in US Congress; US actors, intellectuals protest Obama ‘crimes’; Stop the $33 Billion for Afghanistan, send a message here, now.May 17, 2010
House Representative John Conyers has formed the Out of Afghanistan Caucus. Please ask your Representatives to join the Caucus. We at Out of Central Asia Now blog applaud House Member Conyers attempt to End the War(s) in Central Asia. Read the Principles of the Caucus Here.
Call: 1-888-543-5234 (toll-free number established by FCNL) connects you with the Capitol Switchboard.
Full Page Ad to appear Friday “CRIMES ARE CRIMES, NO MATTER WHO DOES THEM”
US actors, intellectuals protest Obama ‘crimes’
From Breitbart.com: US actors and liberal intellectuals joined a list to be published Friday of nearly 2,000 people accusing President Barack Obama of allowing human rights violations and war crimes.
“Crimes are crimes, no matter who does them,” the statement reads over pictures of Obama and his predecessor George W. Bush due to appear in the New York Review of Books.
The statement, published as a paid advertisement, accuses Obama, who was elected in 2008 with the enthusiastic support of US liberals, of continuing Bush’s controversial approach to human rights in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in domestic security.
It takes aim especially at Obama’s decision — reported by US officials — to authorize the killing of a radical Islamic cleric and US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki, who is accused of ties to Al-Qaeda in Yemen. “In some respects this is worse than Bush,” the statement says. “First, because Obama has claimed the right to assassinate American citizens whom he suspects of ‘terrorism,’ merely on the grounds of his own suspicion or that of the CIA, something Bush never claimed publicly.”
Among the signatories are linguist Noam Chomsky, “L.A. Confidential” actor James Cromwell, actor Mark Ruffalo and prominent Bush-era anti-war protestor Cindy Sheehan. By midday Thursday there were 1,804 signatures. They also lambast Obama for having refused “to prosecute any members of the Bush regime who are responsible for war crimes, including some who admitted to waterboarding and other forms of torture, thereby making their actions acceptable for him.”
No More Money for the Wars, support our states in the United States, they are BROKE. Bring the money home, End the War, NOW:
Write to your Member of Congress today: Click here to support the Feingold-McGovern-Jones bill to set a Withdrawal Date of our Troops in Afghanistan, view this video. It is up to YOU. And Thank You Justforeignpolicy.org for putting this video together.
Oppose War Funding, Support Military Withdrawal Legislation; Call Your Congress Members Today (202) 224-3121: Vote No on $33 Billion to be spent Killing Afghanistan peopleApril 13, 2010
From Just Foreign Policy: Oppose War Funding, Support Military Withdrawal Legislation (Click Here).
In the next several weeks, Congress is expected to be asked to approve $33 billion more for war in Afghanistan. The money will be used chiefly to pay for the current military escalation and the U.S. military’s offensive in the Afghan city of Kandahar planned for this summer. This week, Senator Feingold and Representative McGovern announced they are introducing legislation that would require the President to establish a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.
Recently, WikiLeaks made public a classified military video (right) depicting the U.S. military killing over a dozen individuals, including two Reuters employees. A second report claims that U.S. forces covered-up details surrounding the slaying of five Afghan civilians — including two pregnant women — during a night raid in February. Killing of innocents will stop only when the war stops.
Will you write to your representatives, urging them to oppose more money for war and to support the Feingold-McGovern bill? Click here, email your Congress Member.
Please call your Congress Members and tell them to VOTE NO on the $33 Billion War funding to kill more people in Afghanistan, the phone number is (202) 224-3121.
Today, this call to action is from Voters for Peace and we are reprinting it here as this is what YOU need to do Today Please:
This Story will be Posted through April 19. Send your friends to this link so they may begin making calls also. Thank you.
Voters for Peace is joining with 20 other anti-war organizations in making this week a call-in week on Afghanistan.
Congress has returned from recess and a war supplemental is on their agenda. They need to hear from constituents.
When you call you should ask there be no more war funding for Afghanistan, that a date be set an end date to U.S. occupation and that real peace negotiations begin.
A second call-in week will be scheduled when there is better intelligence on the timing of the war supplemental vote and possible amendments but it is important to lay the groundwork now. We expect the vote will happen before Friday, May 28, the start of the Congressional Memorial Day recess.
Please call both your Senators and your House Member. The Congressional hotline number is: (202) 224-3121. They will connect you to your representatives. Thank you, Kevin Zeese,Executive Director
Voters for Peace
From Just Foreign Policy: Track your calls, report it here.
Call Congress Against the War in Afghanistan. Urge your Representative to: oppose the war supplemental, support a military withdrawal timetable, and support peace negotiations. The Congressional switchboard is 202-224-3121. When you’ve completed your call, you can report the result by CLICKING HERE.