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April 6th, 2011

Kill Team: the Bigger Picture

One year ago, Wikileaks’ “Collateral Murder video1 created outrage over the actions of U.S. soldiers in Baghdad, including the platoon I deployed with. If that grisly video didn’t stop you in your tracks, the photographs and report on the “Kill Team,” released by Rolling Stone should be the wake-up call ... continue reading

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

April 4th, 2011

Wake Me Up When April Ends


Mike Ferner

Veterans for Peace

February 24th, 2011

Civil Resistance to the Wars Continues

"We should not think that the destruction and suffering unleashed by war is limited to Iraq and Afghanistan.  Individuals and whole cities here at home have become 'collateral damage.'  Millions of people are thrown out of their jobs and then out of their homes.  Pressures cascade onto state and local governments as ... continue reading

Joan Wile

Founder, Grandmothers Against the War

February 22nd, 2011

Why Don't We Anti-War Protesters DO It?

The massive protest in Wisconsin got me thinking.  Why can't we do the same to end the war in Afghanistan and the occupation of Iraq?  There are millions of people in the U.S. who urgently want these wasteful, tragic and unjustified conflicts concluded immediately and all troops and armaments brought ... continue reading

Zach LaPorte

Veteran, Wisconsinite

February 20th, 2011

Why Am I Here?

Why am I here? That’s the question I asked myself as I glared up to the ceiling of the rotunda inside the beautiful Madison capitol building. Its not that I was asking myself the question to reassure myself I was there for the right reasons. Why spend all day inside ... continue reading

Ray McGovern

Retired CIA analyst

February 14th, 2011

Recalling the Slaughter of Innocents

Twenty years ago, as Americans were celebrating Valentine’s Day, Iraqi husbands and fathers in the Amiriyah section of Baghdad were peeling the remains of their wives and children off the walls and floor of a large neighborhood bomb shelter. The men had left the shelter the evening before, so their ... continue reading

Debra Sweet

Director, World Can't Wait

February 3rd, 2011

Call to Action: March 17-19 Iraq War Protests

I'm listening to an MLK speech from 1967, where King says that the United States, at that point, had committed "more war crimes than almost any other nation." Add 44 years of invasions, CIA-engineered coups, and occupations, from Vietnam through Afghanistan.  Add the development of weapons and training for modern ... continue reading

January 22nd, 2011

Furious families spurn Tony Blair's apology for Iraq War deaths

TONY Blair finally apologised for the Iraq War yesterday – and was jeered by furious relatives of British soldiers who lost their lives. After facing an official inquiry for the second time, the strained-looking ex-PM offered his “deep regrets” for the 179 troops killed in the conflict. But his remarks ... continue reading

January 14th, 2011

Contours of a large and lasting American presence in Iraq starting to take shape

BAGHDAD - Despite Iraqi leaders' insistence that the United States meet its end-of-2011 deadline for withdrawing all troops, the contours of a large and lasting American presence here are starting to take shape.Although a troop extension could still be negotiated, the politics of Iraq's new government make that increasingly unlikely, ... continue reading

December 30th, 2010

Veterans of recent wars confront grim employment landscape

IN HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. During the seven months that he was stationed in Iraq, Joe Janssen served as an assaultman, a job that involved manning the turret gun in a Humvee and using shoulder-fired rockets and other explosives to support his fellow Marines.Those skills were invaluable in war. But they are ... continue reading

Ron Kovic

Vietnam vet and anti-war activist

December 12th, 2010

'Raise Your Voices, Protest, Stop These Wars'

The following is a personal appeal from Ron Kovic, Vietnam War veteran and author of Born on the Fourth of July, to Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans and active-duty service members. Kovic issued the appeal to bring more veterans and GIs into the anti-war struggle and to support the work ... continue reading

December 5th, 2010

The Decline and Fall of the American Empire

A soft landing for America 40 years from now?  Don’t bet on it.  The demise of the United States as the global superpower could come far more quickly than anyone imagines.  If Washington is dreaming of 2040 or 2050 as the end of the American Century, a more realistic assessment ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

December 1st, 2010

Wars Are Not Prolonged For the Good of Soldiers

An excerpt from David Swanson's new book War Is A Lie. We learn a lot about the real motives for wars when whistleblowers leak the minutes of secret meetings, or when congressional committees publish the records of hearings decades later. War planners write books. They make movies. They face investigations. ... continue reading

Michael Prysner

Iraq War Veteran, Anti-War Activist

November 24th, 2010

The True Afghanistan Withdrawal Date

The seemingly endless war in Afghanistan is now admittedly endless, as Obama has officially announced at the NATO summit in Lisbon that the U.S. military will remain heavily engaged, with “eye-watering levels of violence,” beyond 2014. (Sacramento Bee, Nov. 18)When the Bush administration launched a full-scale invasion of Afghanistan in ... continue reading

October 28th, 2010

Ensign seeks legislation to blunt Wikileaks

Sen. John Ensign says he will be introducing legislation that would make it a crime to publish the names of military and intelligence informants, a response to the latest leak of classified field reports from the war in Iraq.Ensign said he is disturbed by the ongoing activities of the whistleblower ... continue reading

October 26th, 2010

Vatican urges Iraq to halt Aziz execution

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Vatican has urged Iraq to not carry out the death sentence meted out to former Iraqi foreign minister Tariq Aziz and says it may intervene diplomatically to try to halt it.The international face of Saddam Hussein's regime, Aziz, was sentenced to death by hanging Tuesday for ... continue reading

October 26th, 2010

Saddam’s deputy sentenced to hang

BAGHDAD: Saddam Hussein’s most powerful deputy, Tariq Aziz, has been sentenced to death by an Iraqi court for being personally involved in the killing of members of Shiite religious parties after the first Gulf war.[...]Aziz’s son, Ziad, who was flown to the Jordanian capital by American forces in return for ... continue reading

October 26th, 2010

Saddam Hussein aide Tariq Aziz sentenced to hang

BAGHDAD (AP) — The international face of Saddam Hussein's regime, Tariq Aziz, was sentenced to death by hanging Tuesday for persecuting Shiites just over three months after the Americans transferred him to Iraqi government custody.Iraqi High Tribunal spokesman Mohammed Abdul-Sahib did not say when the 74-year-old former foreign minister would ... continue reading

October 26th, 2010

Iraq sentences Tariq Aziz to death

Tariq Aziz, one of the most notorious public faces of Saddam Hussein’s deposed regime in Iraq, has been sentenced to death by hanging.Mr Aziz, who rose to international prominence when he served as Iraq’s foreign minister during the invasion of Kuwait in 1990, received the sentence from the Supreme Iraqi ... continue reading

October 26th, 2010

Britain to investigate WikiLeaks abuse claims

The British government has promised to investigate allegations of detainee mistreatment during the Iraq war.A spokesman for prime minister David Cameron says there is no place for the mistreatment of detainees, and any allegations will be investigated.[...][Click here to read the rest of this article from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation] continue reading

October 26th, 2010

Danish PM demands answers over torture report

COPENHAGEN, Tuesday — Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen said Tuesday he had ordered the country’s defence ministry to provide a full report on allegations Danish troops handed Iraqi insurgents over for torture.Confidential documents published on Friday by whistleblowing website WikiLeaks showed that Danish troops deployed in Iraq from 2003 ... continue reading

October 26th, 2010

UN rights chief urges US, Iraq to probe WikiLeaks evidence

GENEVA — UN human rights chief Navi Pillay on Tuesday urged Iraq and the United States to investigate allegations of torture and unlawful killings in the Iraq conflict revealed in documents leaked last week."The US and Iraqi authorities should take necessary measures to investigate all allegations made in these reports ... continue reading

October 26th, 2010

VIDEO: National Guard members deploy to Iraq

Another group of local soldiers is making their final preparations to head overseas to Iraq. They are National Guard members who remove explosive devices and clear roads for convoys, and today they said their emotional goodbyes to friends and family.[...]Melissa Harrell of the 501st Ordnance Battalion says, “I feel honored ... continue reading

October 26th, 2010

UPDATE: Tonko wants investigation into soldier's death

Congressman Paul Tonko says he expects a thorough investigation into what happened to a Montgomery County soldier who was found dead at his base in Iraq over the weekend.Army Private David Jones from St. Johnsville was found in his room with a gunshot wound to the head.The 21-year-old only had ... continue reading

October 26th, 2010

Area soldier found dead

A local soldier who planned to propose to his girlfriend was found dead in his room in Iraq, according to a family member.Army Pvt. David R. Jones, 21, of St. Johnsville, Montgomery County, was making plans to ask his girlfriend to marry him at an upcoming New York Giants football ... continue reading

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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

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