August 2013 Archives

the following article by Elaine Pasquini appears in the September edition

Human rights supporters opposed to U.S., NATO or Israeli intervention in Syria rallied July 10 in San Francisco's Hallidie Plaza. The speakers and activists attending the rally organized by the ANSWER Coalition vigorously oppose the Obama administration's plan, as announced by the White House on June 13, to directly supply arms to Syrian opposition forces. Protesters also oppose any intervention in Syria by NATO or Israel and any imposition of a "no fly zone," which they fear could ultimately prolong the violence and further destabilize the country. Many believe Washington's real aim is to carry out a regime change as part of its drive to create a new Middle East.

"The main thing to understand is that no matter what the conflict is within Syria--and there are many factions--this is something that the Syrian people will have to solve on their own," Sharat G. Lin of the San Jose Peace and Justice Center told the crowd. "It is our responsibility as peace activists to support the Syrian people, but if the U.S. government plays any role, it will be destabilizing, will cause resentment among the Syrian people and it will not promote democracy, that's for sure. That is why we call for no U.S. or NATO intervention in Syria or anywhere in the Middle East. We should encourage a dialogue within Syria, and also in Egypt, so the people within these countries can, over a period of time, develop their democratic institutions and choose leaders that represent their interests alone, not the interests of world capitals or U.S. hegemony."

In addition to calling for the U.S. to stay out of Syria, Stephanie Tang of World Can't Wait urged the crowd to support Edward Snowden for his courageous action in revealing the U.S. government's vast, unlawful surveillance programs. "Because of Edward Snowden, the entire world knows that the U.S. has an extensive, unbelievably universal system of political surveillance," she said. "It is intolerable; it is morally unacceptable and it's just a piece of the bigger problem--torture, drones, and the Bush Doctrine that has been expanded and refined by Obama."

Other speakers included Gloria La Riva of the Party for Socialism and Liberation and Richard Becker of ANSWER, among others. drawing the most extreme form of violent punishment into the open and challenging its legitimacy, it creates an opportunity for people to see the bigger picture and challenge the much larger culture of violence in many other ways as well. See Torture by Design

Activists from Stop Mass Incarceration assembled a solitary SHU cell replica on the cement plaza at the South Steps of the California State Capitol in Sacramento (left).  Photo c/o Stop Mass Incarceration and Revolution newspaper

more on the architecture of solitary confinement at SF WEEKLY
In 2010, Private Manning did his duty to the rest of humanity and supplied proof from within the murder machine. This is his triumph, and his show trial merely expresses corrupt power's abiding fear of people learning the truth...

Because of Bradley Manning, the public is informed of things the government would never have let us know about, and would have continued to categorically deny with straight faces. Because of his conscience, bravery, and sacrifice on behalf of the interests and future of humanity, the world is a different place, a world in turmoil but with a chance now to turn things aright.

Write a thank-you letter to PVT Manning. Mail to: 

Bradley E Manning
1300 N Warehouse Rd
Ft Leavenworth KS 66027-2304
/2013/08/pasquini4.jpgLook at the kinds of weapons created and used by the U.S.--poison gas in World War I, nukes in World War II, napalm against the Vietnamese people, white phosphorus in the Gulf War. And now we have killer drones--the Reaper, the Predator--murder by drone is a strategy and it is make in America.     

Tourists passing through Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco February 23rd were intrigued by a one-fifth-scale replica of a Reaper drone, created by, which provides drone replicas and educational materials to support citizen action to achieve an international ban on weaponized and surveillance drones.

A 1/5 scale replica of an MQ-9 Reaper drone crafted by, which provides drone replicas and educational materials to support citizen action to achieve an international ban on weaponized and surveillance drones. (photo Phil Pasquini)

see Decoding Drones

"Double Tapping" is a War Crime

We're familiar with the tactic from Collateral Murder. New evidence suggests its use is far from aberration, but rather military policy: 

"A field investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in Pakistan's tribal areas appears to confirm that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) last year briefly revived the controversial tactic of deliberately targeting rescuers at the scene of a previous drone strike. The tactic has previously been labelled a possible war crime by two UN investigators.

The Bureau's new study focused mainly on strikes around a single village in North Waziristan -- attacks that were aimed at one of al Qaeda's few remaining senior figures, Yahya al-Libi. He was finally killed by a CIA drone strike on June 4 2012.

Cenk Uygur breaks it down.

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