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(Green Party, US Senate) Hawkins Urges Jewish Leaders to Join in Call for Immediate Middle East Cease Fire

Howie Hawkins | Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for US Senate, called today for Jewish leaders to speak out in support of an immediate ceasefire in the Middle East and an Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon. Hawkins said that it appeared that the Israeli military had long been planning an invasion of Lebanon and seized upon the capturing of the two soldiers as the excuse to launch the war. Israeli is killing and starving children and civilians in Lebanon and Gaza. They are preventing relief and medical supplies from reaching victims. This is a major humanitarian crisis. Clinton has turned a cold shoulder to their plight and instead callously cheerleads Israel’s bombings more...  1 Comments

The sovereignty of Cuba must be respected

Cesar Vallejo | As a result of the communication of Fidel Castro on his state of health and the provisional delegation of his responsibilities, high ranking U.S officials have formulated more and more explicit declarations about the immediate future of Cuba. The Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutiérrez said that “this is the moment for a true transition towards a true democracy” and the spokesman of the White House Tony Snow said that his government is “ready and eager to grant humanitarian and economic assistance and of any other nature to the people of Cuba”, which has been already being stated by President Bush. more...  1 Comments

The real significance of Lebanon

James Cooke | Lebanon is not business as usual. This is not just about Israel repressing its neighbors by expanding its boarders—this is not 1982. For that matter, nor is this Vietnam, or the countless other ‘skirmishes’ the U.S. has been involved in over the last century. The ante has been raised.

Starting with Afghanistan, the current war in Lebanon can be counted as the third aggressively-waged war led by the United States— since Israel can not act unilaterally over such a large issue, and American diplomacy has shown the world who is actually pulling the strings. more...  0 Comments

Behind Bush’s “truce” plan: the drive towards a wider Middle East war

By Bill Van Auken | US President George W. Bush on Monday declared his full support for a US-French United Nations resolution that dictates Israel’s terms to the Lebanese people while allowing the Israeli military to indefinitely continue its occupation and devastation of Lebanon.
This document, far from an agreement for peace, represents one more step in widening the war initiated by the Bush administration in 2003 with the invasion of Iraq into a regional conflagration that poses an immense threat to working people not only in the Middle East, but in the US and all over the world. more...  1 Comments

Toufic Haddad speaks in NYC Wednesday evening: "Why does the US support Israel's Terror?"

brooklyn socialists | **Toufic Haddad is a Palestinian-America activist and writer who edits the radical journal Between the Lines, published from Jerusalem and Ramallah. He is also a frequent contributor to Counterpunch, the International Socialist Review, and ZNet.**
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PROTEST THIS SATURDAY IN DC AGAINST THE WAR IN LEBANON AND PALESTINE!

me | August 12 National March to Stop the U.S.-Israeli War

Defend the People of Palestine and Lebanon!
From Iraq to Lebanon to Palestine, Occupation is a Crime!
Money for Jobs and Occupation, Not for War and Occupation!
Support the Palestinian People's Right to Return!
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Whether it's Israel or Iraq: The "mainstream" left's main "weakness" … towards the Democratic party

Roy Rollin | In "Israel and the future of the antiwar movement," Socialist Worker's Sharon Smith correctly points out that "the weakness of the mainstream U.S. antiwar movement toward Israeli war crimes is not a temporary aberration, but a long-standing phenomenon." She illustrates this up by connecting the UFPJ leadership's "repeat(ing) the mainstream media’s depiction" of the recent events in the Middle East to the position taken by their political predecessors (in many cases the same people with the same politics) on the eve of Israel's last invasion of Lebanon in 1982, when a massive peace rally that they organized in NYC's Central Park conveniently made no mention of Israel’s bombing of Lebanon. more...  23 Comments

To those organizing nyc protests against Israeli bombing

would-be protestor | Or make a conscious effort to post the links so we can find it. more...  8 Comments

UNITE WITH THE LEBANESE AND PALESTINIAN PEOPLES AGAINST US-UK-ISRAELI IMPERIALISM!!!

Third World Solidarity Group | Support an immediate stop to the US-UK-Israeli invasion and occupation of Lebanon and Palestine, immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all Israeli troops, stop to all US-led bogus, gunboat diplomacy, adequate and fair representation of Lebanese, Palestinian and other Arab governments in the settlement of the conflict, support for the sovereignty and independence of the Palestinian and Lebanese governments!!! In the long term, end US-UK-Israeli exploitation, control and interference in the Middle East!!! more...  0 Comments

UN resolution on Lebanon: blueprint for intensified war and colonial occupation

By Bill Van Auken | The US-French resolution that is to be voted on by the United Nations Security Council early this week represents an imperialist diktat to the people of Lebanon and an attempt by Washington to legitimize and consummate the geo-strategic goals pursued in the last month of US-Israeli war of aggression. more...  0 Comments

The Second American Revolution : Religious Folly

Brent Herbert | The problem with being a naked whore, is that you must strip down to get the job done. It is not possible to remain dressed as a nun at the same time.
They may have taught you religion, but no one taught you wisdom, or you would know these things. more...  0 Comments

Interview with peace activist Brian Willson

Chiton | On August 11th, 2006, The Veterans for Peace are holding their annual national conference in Seattle, Washington. One of the states goals of the VfP is to abolish as an instrument of national policy. Recognizing the links between the necessity of war to maintain the “status quo” of oil consumption and the United States Empire to the implausibility of reaching sustainability, Brian Willson and a number of other Veterans for Peace and peace activists are headed to Seattle, sans the fossil fuels. more...  1 Comments

ISRAEL MUST END ITS GAZA-LEBANON WAR

Jack A. Smith | The U.S. and Israel are principally responsible for the attacks on the civilian populations of Gaza and Lebanon. Israel must withdraw completely, and negotiate. more...  1 Comments

Another Battle of Baghdad Cover Up -- It's Time for Truth

Captain May | Summary: Former Army intelligence and public affairs officer Captain May argues that the Bush

League infowar to hide the truth of Iraq's strategic and tactical blunders has sunk us into Middle

Eastern quicksand -- and that the time for getting out is running out. more...  0 Comments

Bold Proclamations of Lebensraum

Archie Kennedy | Tony Blair and Condoleeza Rice have recently made statements that suggest a view that is, essentially, genocidal in nature. In so doing, they have stripped away their saccrine masks of democracy and apple pie, exposing themselves for the lizards they are.
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Congressional Democrats on Iraq: New tactics, more war

Patrick Martin | In a letter to President Bush issued July 30, the top congressional leaders of the Democratic Party have pledged their support for an American victory in Iraq, while criticizing the administration’s tactics and methods and calling for the “phased redeployment of US forces” to deal with other crises facing American imperialism around the world.
The letter was signed by the Senate and House minority leaders, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, by their deputies, Richard Durbin and Steny Hoyer, and by the senior Democrats on the Senate and House committees with responsibility for the Pentagon, foreign policy, intelligence and the military appropriations. The 12 signatures make the document the most broadly based and definitive statement of Democratic Party policy on the war in Iraq.
The basic policy outlined in the letter is identical to that proposed by Senators Carl Levin of Michigan and Jack Reed of Rhode Island in a resolution that was defeated in the Senate in June. The resolution called for the withdrawal of an unspecified number of US troops from Iraq to bases nearby, such as Kuwait, with the first withdrawal by the end of the year. No deadline was set for when or even if the bulk of US forces would leave Iraq, and the withdrawals were predicated on keeping US troops near at hand for a return to Iraq if security collapsed and an anti-US regime seemed about to come to power in Baghdad. more...  0 Comments

"an axis of solidarity between Dublin, Glasgow and New York!"

Radio Free Eireann | Damian Moran of the pit-stop ploughshares was guest on Radio Free Eireann in New York today. Damian talked in detail about the case and the anti-war movement in Ireland. The Pit Stop Ploughshares Deirdre Clancy, Nuin Dunlop, Karen Fallon, Ciaron O'Reilly & Damien Moran then spent 4 to 11 weeks in Limerick Prison. They went to trial in Dublin circuit criminal court in March and October 2005 on two counts of Criminal Damage, €100 and $U.S. 2.5 million. Penalties, if convicted, would have carried a maximum of ten years imprisonment.

The March '05 trial collapsed on the 6th day when Judge O'Donnell agreed with Defence counsel arguments that his adjudication was tainted with a 'perception of bias' which was undermining the defendant's right to a presumption of innocence. The judge agreed, called a mistrial, dismissed the jury, and instructed the media not to report on the reasons for the mistrial.

The October '05 re-trial collapsed on the 10th day, after Judge Donagh MacDonagh agreed with Defence counsel that his attendance at the Bush inauguration in 2001 (amongst other meetings with Bush) was grounds for his removal from the case, in that his role was tainted with a 'perception of bias'.

The 3rd trial of the Pitstop Ploughshares trial started on July 10th 2006 and resulted in an unanimous 'Not Guilty' verdict on both charges after 12 days of testimony and legal argument. Judge Miriam Anderson had agreed on Day 9 of proceedings with Defence Counsel after extensive submissions and legal argument on the applicability of the statutory 'lawful excuse' defence.

After 4 1/2 hours of deliberation the Dublin jury of seven women and five men returned and gave their decision that all the accused should be acquitted as they honestly believed they were acting to save lives and property in Iraq and Ireland, and that their disarmament action was reasonable taking into consideration all the circumstances.
Damian was joined on Radio Free Eireann by Angela McCormack of the Stop the War Coalition (Glasgow, Scotland). more...  0 Comments

Fresh Israeli Masscre from the Sky Kills 33 Farm Workers

Firas Makdesi | The enemy aircraft fired at least three rockets at a structure as a truck was being loaded with peaches and plums, massacring at least 33 fruit pickers. Most of those who survived suffered very bad wounds including amputations and very severe burns. more...  1 Comments

Lebanon: Transform the resistance into a broad struggle for national and social liberation

Claudia Cinatti | ... the enormous energy and fighting spirit of the workers and oppressed people of Lebanon must be set in motion, through a program that unites the resistance to imperialism with the struggle against the local exploiters and the political elite ... more...  1 Comments

Depleted Uranium Situation Worsens Requiring Immediate Action By Bush, Blair, Olmert

reposted | [Uranium weapons are being used in
Lebanon which means it is a NUCLEAR
WAR! These weapons are extremely
poisoness and deadly........along with
being illegal by all conventions and
treaties. These so-called "depleted"
uranium weapons are actually not
depleted, and their use constitutes
a war crime.]




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