Posts Tagged ‘Out Now’

LeT as dangerous as Taliban, al-Qaida: US; U.S. struggles to counter Taliban propaganda; US drone strikes kill 15 in North Waziristan; Peter Bergen, Katherine Tiedmann’s Year of the Drone Interactive Map, must see

October 3, 2010

Lashkar-e-Taiba

On March 27, we predicted that since the U.S. CIA director said that there were “…less than 100 al-Qaida in Afghanistan..”, that the LeT would be the new “terrorist targets”, click here to see that Post. The following story comes from The Times of India, click here for the full story. This is another reason to never stop military action in Central Asia. Where to next?

    NEW DELHI: The US on Thursday said Lashkar-e-Taiba terror outfit was as dangerous as Taliban and al-Qaida with which it was working in close coordination and that Pakistan has been asked to deny it a foothold in that country.

U.S. struggles to counter Taliban propaganda, from the New York Times, read the whole story, click here. Ed. Note: The Pentagon has spent over $500 Million on “Public Relations” to show the “good results of the military efforts” and the Taliban are winning this PR war also? What gives? Get out now…

    KABUL – The Taliban in recent months has developed increasingly sophisticated and nimble propaganda tactics that have alarmed U.S. officials struggling to curb the militant group’s growing influence across Afghanistan.

US drone strikes kill 15 in North Waziristan, from Dawn.com, click here for full story.

    MIRANSHAH: Two US drone strikes killed 15 militants Saturday in a lawless tribal belt in Pakistan, where a land route for Nato supplies was blocked for a third consecutive day, officials said.

    Officials in Washington say its drone strikes in the region have killed several high-value targets, including Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud, and help protect troops in Afghanistan from attacks plotted across the border.

    …However, drone attacks are a sensitive issue in Pakistan as the attacks also fuel anti-American sentiment in the conservative Muslim country.

    …Pakistani officials have reported that at least 21 US drone strikes in September have killed around 120 people, the highest monthly toll for the attacks.

See Peter Bergen, Katherine Tiedmann’s work at counterterrorism/New American, click here and see the map from Year of the Drone, click here.

    Our study shows that the 172 reported drone strikes in northwest Pakistan, including 76 in 2010, from 2004 to the present have killed approximately between 1,153 and 1,772 individuals, of whom around 842 to 1,238 were described as militants in reliable press accounts. Thus, the true non-militant fatality rate since 2004 according to our analysis is approximately 30 percent

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United National Antiwar Conference (UNAC) Join us in Albany, New York!; Stop the $33 Billion for More War

June 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.

    SCHEDULE

    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

    CO-SPONSORS

    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.

President Kohler of Germany RESIGNS for telling the truth about Afghanistan; Have your Congress Member Join Out of Afghanistan Now Caucus Today

May 31, 2010

President of Germany Resigns for telling the truth: In Afghanistan to protect German Trade interests (From the NY Times, full story, click here):

    President Horst Köhler of Germany resigned on Monday amid a barrage of criticism for remarks he made a week ago during a surprise visit to Afghanistan. Mr. Köhler, a former director of the International Monetary Fund and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, shocked Germans earlier this month when he said that the country’s soldiers serving in Afghanistan or other peacekeeping missions were deployed to protect German economic interests. Usually, German leaders justify their soldiers’ presence in the American-led coalition by saying they are needed to thwart would-be terrorists who might use Afghanistan as a base for attacks in Europe.

    But, in his contentious remarks, Mr. Köhler said: “A country of our size, with its focus on exports and thus reliance on foreign trade, must be aware that military deployments are necessary in an emergency to protect our interests, for example, when it comes to trade routes, for example, when it comes to preventing regional instabilities that could negatively influence our trade, jobs and incomes.”

Meanwhile Back In The USA:

The following comes from Tom Hayden, Director of the Peace and Justice Resource Center via an email blast to supporters. We at Out of Central Asian Now have been reporting on this since it was announced by Rep. John Conyers office, click here. The time is NOW to End the Wars in Central Asia.

OUT OF AFGHANISTAN CAUCUS

    (Tom Hayden says) If this was Bush’s war in Afghanistan, at least 100 Congressional Democrats would be voting against it and stirring up debate. Because it’s Obama’s War, however, they have been cautious to break party unity over another trillion dollar war in which 1,000 American soldiers have been killed. The same Congressional progressives have been caught up in the stimulus bill, the health care package, Wall Street reform, and an oil-drilling catastrophe, all of which leaves less free time to oppose the Afghanistan War.

    The good news is that rank-and-file Democrats and Independents have broken away from the president’s war policies. They think it’s unaffordable, unwinnable, and not making us safer as a nation. If any Congressional Democrats are paying attention to their constituencies, there are three important choices on the near horizon:

    - a chance to join the new Out of Afghanistan Caucus just launched by Rep. John Conyers, a clear opportunity to separate themselves from the president’s policy; [Conyers letter to Congress]

    - a probable chance to vote for or against the president’s $33 billion supplemental request for his troop escalation; [HR 3699]

    - a vote on Rep. Jim McGovern’s and Sen. Russ Feingold’s HR 5015 and SB 3187, demanding an exit strategy which includes a “flexible timetable” for US troop withdrawals.

    Neither the White House and Congress are ready to end the war. But they are sinking into a quagmire, and are worried about the growth of anti-war public opinion among those Democrats and Independents.

    This is a chance for the anti-war movement to make a difference in a peace offensive at home through 2012.

See co-sponsors of Feingold-McGovern-Jones bill here – 93 co-sponsors so far.
Contact your Congressional Representative here and ask them to be a co-sponsor.


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