Reports on Protest & Resistance

Bush Comparison Seen As Unfair to Dogs

 

By David Swanson

This is the question now raised in Iraq: If they throw shoes at your face are you a combat troop or a noncombat troop? The answer may be important in helping to guide President Elect Obama's strategy of reducing but continuing the genocidal occupation that has made a shoeless journalist one of the most beloved, if little known, people in the world overnight.

A related dilemma is this: If shoes become weapons, were the metal detectors, searches, and bribes to phony journalists successful? This strikes me as a similar question to the following: if box cutters become weapons, were the nuclear arsenal, the missile offense shield, and the empire of bases successful?

That all depends upon what the goal was, I suppose. If the goal encompassed the well-being of only one person, then success may have been achieved. Dallas mansion, six-figure speeches, and drunk golfing here I come! But no dog's goal would ever be so narrow, and animal rights groups can be expected to speak out against Muntadar al-Zeidi's comparison of George W. Bush to a dog. I also hope human rights groups will be closely monitoring the well-being of this shoe-throwing hero to billions.

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The Rich Suffer Too: Yacht Club Waiting Lists Impose Hardships

By Kenneth J. Theisen

Capitalism is a great system, if you happen to be one of the capitalists. Here are a few facts that I discovered while researching other articles for this site. I think they seriously call in to question the legitimacy of the government and the economic system in the U.S. but I will let the facts speak for themselves.
 
In the United States at the end of 2001, the top 1% of the population controlled 38% of the nation’s wealth. The top 10% owned 71% of the wealth. The bottom 40% owned less than 1% of the nation's wealth.
 

 

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Strangling Dissent, Muzzling Whistleblowers

By Dennis Loo

Two news/story items came across my desk in the last couple of days that share something vital in common even though they look on the surface like opposites. The first concerns a Washington Post Op-Ed by Matt Miller, Senior Fellow with the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, and ex-Clinton OMB official. The second is news about universities like Penn State and Temple that are encouraging students to lodge complaints against their professors for being “one-sided” or bringing up material not “germane” to the course.

In the Post Op-Ed, Miller calls for the Obama administration to ban any “kiss and tell” books from White House insiders--making serving in the administration the equivalent of omertà, the mafia’s code of silence--for five years after leaving the administration. 

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40,000 Show up for Free Food? Police Give Out Parking Tickets!

By Kenneth J. Theisen
 
// Last Saturday, November 22, 2008 an event took place that says something about present day America. A farm couple in Colorado decided to do something for their neighbors. They opened their farm fields after the harvest to allow people to glean the fields. Gleaning is the ancient practice of picking up farm crops after the regular harvest. Typically some of the crops are left in the fields by machines or harvesters and this gleaning eliminates waste, while feeding people at the same time. I grew up in Iowa and some of my relatives that lived on farms would do this each year. Usually a hundred people or less would show up at the gleaning on my relatives" farms.

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Anti-WAR Forum: No Matter Who is President

People in the United States Have the Responsibility to Stop the Endless Wars  

When: Tuesday, November 11, 7:00 pm

Where: Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, NYC

Speakers: Scott Ritter, Larry Everest, Jeremy Scahill, Elaine Brower

Following the election of Barack Obama, noted critics and activists against the US occupation of Iraq will speak on the responsibilities of people in the United States to continue to oppose "endless wars."  The public is invited.

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'Many dead' in Afghan Air Strike

From BBC news

American officials in Afghanistan have confirmed that a number of civilians have been killed in an air strike. The incident happened in Kandahar province late on Tuesday evening when a wedding party was bombed.

A local member of parliament told the BBC that as many as 38 people may have died. Details are still emerging. President Karzai has repeatedly criticised the high level of civilian casualties from coalition bombings and called on Barack Obama to stop them. The latest incident underlines the challenges ahead for US President-elect and future commander-in-chief.

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Hawai'i Festival of Resistance

 

World Can't Wait held its annual "Festival of Resistance" on the University of Hawai`i - Manoa campus Friday, October 26th. During the week prior to the festival more than 100 brilliant orange signs were hung from trees and railings: "Stop Torture" - "No Strykers" - "Stop the War" - "Pro Choice" - "No Human Being is Illegal" - "Arrest Bush & Cheney" and many more. A "Join the Festival of Resistance" banner stayed up in a central square for the entire week.

The morning of the festival activists put up another hundred signs all over campus, and big banners were dropped from building rooftops: "Before And After the Elections - We Are Still Against the War," "No Torture," "U.S. Military Out of Makua," "Stop Police Brutality," "No Attack on Iran,"" The entire area around Campus Center was covered with banners and signs and AFSC's display of boots and shoes symbolizing victims of war were lined up on the Campus Center steps.

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A Personal Account By Matthis Chiroux of IVAW

By Matthis Chiroux of IVAW

Nick Morgan
Nick Morgan


Hi folks,

I'm writing to pass along my personal account of what happened Wednesday night at the final presidential debate. Myself, nine other veterans and five of our civilian supporters were arrested during a non-violent action at Hofstra University prior to the final presidential debate.

During the demonstration, Police recklessly charged horses onto the sidewalk and into a crowd of non-violent veterans and civilian demonstrators resulting in the breaking of one Iraq vet's cheekbone (who was then arrested and initially refused medical treatment by the police) and the breaking of another Iraq vet's foot.

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Violence Against Women on Military Bases Challenged

by Ann Wright, t r u t h o u t | Report

"In a way, it's surprising that there aren't more bodies piling up at military bases all over this nation" - The Fayetteville Observer

The October 14, 2008 editorial in the Fayetteville, NC Observer "Our View: Military Domestic Violence Needs More Aggressive Prevention," focused on the murder of four military women in North Carolina and contained a startling comment: "In a way, it's surprising that there aren't more bodies piling up at military bases all over this nation." The Observer is the newspaper that serves Fort Bragg, one of the military's largest bases.

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Veterans Arrested, Trampled at Debate Anti-War Protest

RNC Police Tactics v. Iraq Veterans with a Message for the Candidates


A group of us from World Can't Wait went to Hostra University yesterday before the debate. Several different groups had messages outside the gates.  Immigrant rights activists (Hempstead has a large Salvadoran community) came on a march with student anti-war groups, World Can't Wait, Code Pink and many local activists. The Long Island Alliance of peace/environmental groups, and about 50 Planned Parenthood supporters, along with a mix of Obama supporters had a rally inside a fenced-in "free speech zone."  We were all in a kind of fluid mix across a wide turnpike from where the debate was held, while elsewhere, a free concert was held for Obama.  All the national media were inside the campus.

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Iraq Veterans Against the War Report from Debate Protest

By Kristofer Goldsmith

On Wednesday, October 15th 2008, a peaceful protest outside the third Presidential Debate at Hofstra University on Long Island was met with violence and misconduct by police.

Iraq Veterans Against the War had a clear mission that night: to ensure that the issues most important to Veterans would be at the forefront of the debate. With over 4,183 service members having been killed in Iraq (at the time of the protest), it's unforgivable that the candidates have been allowing the Occupation of Iraq and it's casualties to fall into avoidable talking points instead of focused attention.

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World Can't Wait mobilizes people living in the United States to stand up and stop war on the world, repression and torture carried out by the US government. We take action, regardless of which political party holds power, to expose the crimes of our government, from war crimes to systematic mass incarceration, and to put humanity and the planet first.