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AFGHANISTAN AND #16, April 27, 2012. Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace (#8 April 15, 2011; #9 June 10, 2011; #10 July 3, 2011; #11 July 13, 2011; #12 Sept. 5, 2011; #13 Oct. 2, 2011; #14 Oct. 15, 2011; #15 Feb. 14, 2012 ) PAKISTAN
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Instead of Defense Department, Say War Department
Instead of War on Terror, Say US War to Dominate World
Instead of Taliban, Say Afghan Resistance to Occupation
And Afghan/Pak make sense.
Contents of #15
Taliban Peace Talks
Rolling Stone: McChrystal, Petraeus
Rolling Stone: Full Report
Chomsky: World Militarism
Voices for Creative Nonviolence: Women and Children
PBS Film: We Take Our Stand
Merkley Afghan Withdrawal Amendment Passes Senate
Cortright, Ending Obama’s War
Protest New Military Budget
Afghans Hungry This Winter
US Torture (3)
To End War Free 5 Prisoners
IED Soldiers’ Deaths
Contents of #16
Oppose NATO, Occupation, Warriors, War-Mongers in
WAND, Rangina Hamidi
Sheehan, Afghans for Peace for Women
Hedges, Murder in War
Shea, Support These Troops?
The War and Afghans
US Labor Against the War
Join us in
Chicago for Nato Counter ! Summit
Mary Zerkel and Peter Lems, American Friends Service Committee via uark.edu to jbennet
Join us for our Counter-Summit for Peace and Economic Justice
, May 18 & 19 Chicago
End the wars and build real security with dialogue, diplomacy and nonviolence.
Map campaigns for a more peaceful and just future
Build campaigns to challenge militarized foreign policies.
For more details on the conference visit NATO-FREE FUTURE.org. http://www.natofreefuture.org/
AFSC is continuing our work to put an end to, and reprioritize, the initiatives of the pro-military agendas around the world. From various traveling exhibits like Windows and Mirrors, hosting informative events such as Know Drones, and the ongoing panels of engaging dialogue. With your help we are making a difference every day.
To expand our work with European partners to end the war in
, AFSC took the lead in organizing the Network for a NATO-FREE FUTURE. With these partners, we've organized the Counter-Summit for Peace and Economic Justice Conference as an alternative and safe place for those who, like us, oppose current agendas of many world governments. Afghanistan
There will be more than 50 heads of state participating in the upcoming NATO Summit.
The NATO Summit's agenda aims to:
Establish support for a
US military presence through 2024 in . Afghanistan
Commit to spending billions of dollars to arm and support over-sized Afghan security forces that are unsustainable
Reaffirm NATO as a global military alliance and preparations for “New Strategic Concept” wars like the disastrous Libyan military intervention.
To push back against this agenda, the counter summit will offer plenary sessions and 28 workshops featuring analysis, trainings, and campaigns designed to bring the troops home, to move the money from the Pentagon to meet real human needs and to create a more peaceful, just and secure world.
Bringing together activists from across the
and around the world, the counter-summit will provide rare and critically important opportunities to learn from one another, to network and to build more cohesive peace, economic and social justice movements. U.S.
Speakers include Phyllis Bennis, Medea Benjamin, Roger Cole, Bruce Gagnon, Sarita Gupta, and AFSC's Peter Lems.
You’ll find the conference agenda, a complete list of speakers, workshops, and other useful information regarding the conference at the NATO-FREE FUTURE web page.
A better, more peaceful, secure and prosperous world is possible. Please come to
if you can! Chicago
Mary Zerkel and Peter Lems
American Friends Service Committee
Ps. If you want to take action in advance visit our NATO/G8 Resources page. http://www.afsc.org/resource/natog8-resources
Forward this message to your friends.
Help support AFSC's worldwide work for peace, justice and human dignity. Make a donation today.
American Friends Service Committee
Give Afghan women a voice!
Karen Jacob email@example.com via uark.edu
April 11, 2012 to jbennet
Dear WAND Supporter,
Rangina Hamidi is a 35-year-old Afghani woman whose family fled to the
during the Soviet occupation in 1981. With the threat of the Taliban’s return to power and activity in United States , fear is in the air - especially for women. Afghanistan
Susan Shaer (WAND executive director) and I met with Rangina a few weeks ago. Rangina asks that we tell members of Congress that women’s needs are fundamental to the freedom and security of families, tribes and communities.
Hillary Clinton has lifted up the absolute necessity of having women at the tables of peacemaking in
, and everywhere. Yet few Afghanistan U.S. congresswomen are aware of President Obama’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security released in December, 2011, and how it can affect U.S. plans for providing security for the women of after we leave. Afghanistan
Donate to WAND Education Fund now to help enlighten
Congress about the National Action Plan.
You and I are the fortunate ones. We can help the Afghan women secure a better future. Join me as I work with WAND to make this a better world for all women. Starting with
. You can make a difference by donating to WAND Education Fund today. Afghanistan
Sincerely,Karen Jacob, WAND Board Chair,
Afghans for Peace
by Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox
We at Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox have been a consistent, loud, and uncompromising voice for peace during the Obama administration.
More people (US troops and Afghans, alike) have died in
since Obama took over management of that war. Afghanistan
This Sunday, on the Soapbox, I talk to
Fatima, from Afghans for Peace. Afghans must, themselves, lead any effort for peace in that region.
Here is the video that
Fatima wanted us to watch that highlights the struggle for integrity of vision and principle even within her own community.
You can listen to this show Sunday, March 25, at 2pm Pacific at Community Progressive Radio---or any time thereafter at Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox Archives. http://cindysheehanssoapbox.blogspot.com/p/soapbox-archives.html
Jon Stephenson, News Report, NationofChange, March 12, 2012: “A
U.S. soldier killed 16 Afghan civilians on Sunday, including three women and nine children, in an unprovoked attack in southern province, Afghan officials said. Five more people also were wounded in the shooting at Belandi-Pul village of the Panjway district when the soldier entered homes and opened fire, according to a statement from President Hamid Karzai's office.” READ | DISCUSS | SHARE http://www.nationofchange.org/us-soldier-kills-16-afghan-civilians-unprovoked-attack-1331562995 Kandahar
“Chris Hedges | Murder Is Not an Anomaly in War”
TruthDig, March 19, 2012
Excerpt: "Robert Bales, a U.S. Army staff sergeant who allegedly killed 16 civilians in two Afghan villages, including nine children, is not an anomaly. To decry the butchery of this case and to defend the wars of occupation we wage is to know nothing about combat."
READ MORE http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/266-32/10532-focus-murder-is-not-an-anomaly-in-war
ANGER AND HATRED, DESTRUCTION AND KILLING: SUPPORT THESE TROOPS?
Afghanistan: A Gathering Menace: Traveling with Troops Gives Insights into the Recent Massacre" U.S.
By Neil Shea, American Scholar blog, posted March 16
By Neil Shea, American Scholar blog, posted March 16
Photos of Soldiers With Afghan Corpses the Latest Outrage for
U.S. Occupation of Afghanistan
Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, Video Report, Democracy Now, April 19, 2012: “We get reaction to two photographs published by the
Los Angeles Times that show soldiers posing with the corpses and body parts of dead Afghans. ‘I think (the photos) shock us actually more than they shock Afghans,’ says journalist Anand Gopal. ‘From the Afghan perspective, we’ve had troops urinating on corpses, a massacre of 17 civilians, air strikes, night raids, troops cutting off fingers for sport, and so, for Afghans, this is part and parcel of the experience of being in war.’” READ | DISCUSS | SHARE http://www.nationofchange.org/photos-soldiers-afghan-corpses-latest-outrage-us-occupation-afghanistan-1334853090 U.S.
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