NYCLAW Antiwar Digest
Mon Sep 8, 2008 4:01 pm (PDT)
NYCLAW Antiwar Digest
End the Occupation of Iraq — Bring the Troops Home Now
Labor for Palestine
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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/
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/
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Antiwar Veterans & Military Families
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/1
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.”
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.
VFP Takes Stand Against Afghan War
The resolution called for the immediate withdrawal of all military and intelligence forces.