NYCLAW Antiwar Digest

NYCLAW Antiwar Digest

Mon Sep 8, 2008 4:01 pm (PDT)

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Overview

Obama and McCain campaigns fan ‘war on terrorism’ hysteria The bipartisan consensus responsible for the “war on terrorism” lie has never been more ironclad. The next presidential administration will be a continuation of the Bush-Cheney nightmare — in substance, if not in style.http://onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article_3715.shtml

Afghanistan

US air power triples deaths of Afghan civilians, says report
“There has been a massive and unprecedented surge in the use of air power in Afghanistan in 2008. . . . Mistakes by the US and Nato have dramatically decreased public support for the Afghan government and the presence of international forces providing security to Afghans.”http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/sep/08/afghanistan.usa

US Attacks Leave 500 civilians killed, injured
At least 500 civilians were killed or wounded during the five-day US-led troops` ground and air operation in the Sangin district of Helmand province.
http://paktribune.com/news/index.shtml?205155

Evidence Points to Civilian Toll in Afghan Raid
Accounts from survivors, including three people wounded in the bombing, described repeated strikes on houses where dozens of children were sleeping, grandparents and uncles and aunts huddled inside with them. . . . “They bombard us, they hate us, they kill us. . . . God will punish them.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/08/world/asia/08afghan.html?hp

Harrowing video film backs Afghan villagers’ claims of carnage caused by US troops
Women are heard wailing in the background. “Oh God, this is just a child,” shouts one villager. Another cries: “My mother, my mother.” . . . Local people say that US forces bombed preparations for a memorial ceremony for a tribal leader. Residential compounds were levelled by US attack helicopters, armed drones and a cannon-armed C130 Spectre gunship.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article4699077.ece

Pakistan

U.S. drones kill 16 in missile attack in Pakistan
“No foreign militant was killed”. . . . Fifteen to 20 wounded people, most of them women and children, had been taken to hospital.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/08/AR2008090800190.html

Iraq

Rice: “A thousand times again”
Of a war that has cost more than 4,100 American lives, left an additional 30,000 seriously wounded and killed tens of thousands of Iraqis, Ms. Rice says. . . . “I’d do it a thousand times again. I’d do it a thousand times again.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/07/books/07book.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

Inmates tell of sexual abuse and beatings in Iraq’s overcrowded juvenile prison system
“Trials last on average for 25 minutes, no witnesses are called, confessions are used as the only evidence, and court-appointed defence lawyers get the case file on the day of the trial, leaving no chance to consult the defendant in private.”
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/sep/08/iraq.humanrights

GI Casualties

On a Southern California beach, young war widows come together to grieve There is no official list of U.S. war widows, but there are thousands — nearly half of the 4,155 soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan were married. Most of the dead were young, as are the women they left behind.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/complete/la-me-widow8-2008sep08,0,4573938,print.story

Palestine

Israel still destroying Gaza industrial sector
The crisis in Gaza’s industrial sectors has continued to escalate despite the truce. . . . Israeli policies [have] lead to the closure of 3,900 factories and workshops in the Gaza Strip, leaving 70,000 Gazans unemployed.
http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=31775

Arab activists accuse Israel of Gaza genocide
“The catastrophic situation in which Gaza citizens live, which led to the deterioration of medical, economic, ecological and humanitarian conditions, in addition to the death of innocent people, amounts to genocide.”
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5iydPB-tm4GnAyyjXmM55qThDEzuA

Shin Bet’s academic freedom
Those who support an academic boycott of Israel often argue that Israel’s universities serve the occupation and its army. There is something to this.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1018912.html

Olmert’s deputy is accused of war crimes
Mr Mofaz, after ensuring he was not being officially recorded, called for aPalestinian death toll of 70 per day.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/olmert-indicted-as-deputy-is-accused-of-war-crimes-922496.html

The Palestinians: Warehousing a “surplus people”
Overall, while both peoples suffered extreme economic oppression leading to the impoverishment of their entire populations, the daily repression suffered by Palestinians is on a scale that apparently surpasses that of South Africa in its apartheid days.
http://www.zmag.org/znet/viewArticle/18750

Arming Abbas’s security reward for its role in liquidating resistance
Hamas said that the Israeli occupation authority’s delivery of 1,000 machineguns to the PA security apparatuses loyal to PA chief Mahmoud Abbas was meant as a reward for those apparatuses’ efforts in protecting Israel’s security.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/en/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bcOd87MDI46m9rUxJEpMO%2bi1s7T5ZT%2bQmEI2bEwLlEedn5UrVgMEhSLkx1vzGRGEjjRlPYElEAMfx13nCKmP7AYLbtsybRH0siNSybR%2bohMm8pSa4I9lL8ukiULKhmoraBu6c%3d

Zionist myth of enforced exile
Jews worldwide have always tended to form religious communities, usually by conversion; they cannot be said to share an ethnicity derived from a unique origin and displaced over 20 centuries of wandering.
http://mondediplo.com/2008/09/07israel

Georgia

US military trained Georgian commandos
The US military provided combat training to 80 Georgian special forces commandos only months prior to Georgia’s army assault in South Ossetia in August.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/bdffd9a6-7b71-11dd-b839-000077b07658.html?nclick_check=1

Islamophobia

What western feminists should do about the veil
[T]he veil seems to be a real blind spot for some people, even for western feminists, who appear to infantilise women who choose to wear the veil, even as they argue men have infantilised women in other areas.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/sep/08/religion.gender

War at Home

Few Stand to Gain on This Bailout, and Many Lose
[T]he companies’ outgoing leaders could see big paydays — a prospect that angers many investors, particularly because ordinary stockholders could be virtually wiped out. . . . Wall Street investment banks, meanwhile, are breathing a sigh of relief.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/08/business/08scorecard.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Antiwar Veterans & Military Families

Bipartisan War
Former Army sniper Garett Reppenhagen of Colorado Springs, Colo., said, “Both parties got us into this war, both parties need to get us out.”http://www.fortmilltimes.com/124/story/275015.html

Neither Iraq Nor Afghanistan
Juan Torres, whose son, Juan Torres Jr., was killed at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, told me . . . . “We’re here to stop the war in Afghanistan, too.”
http://www.alternet.org/story/97812/

IVAW Debates Afghanistan
“IVAW is in a unique position to lead the antiwar movement on [Afghanistan], and begin to build solidarity with veterans opposed to the global war on terror.
http://socialistworker.org/2008/09/08/antiwar-veterans-conventions

VFP Takes Stand Against Afghan War
The resolution called for the immediate withdrawal of all military and intelligence forces.
http://pacificfreepress.com/content/view/3007/1/

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