We, the undersigned, call on you to immediately invoke the Leahy Amendment to end funding or training for units of the Afghanistan National Security Directorate, armed forces, and police engaged in torture or gross violations of human rights until all necessary corrective steps have been taken, including steps to bring those responsible to justice.
The Peace Exchange Bulletin
Published by Tom Hayden, The Peace Exchange Bulletin is a reader-supported journal, critically following the Pentagon's Long War in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq, as well as the failed U.S. wars on drugs and gangs, and U.S. military responses to nationalism and poverty around the world.
Vice-president Joe Biden will visit Wisconsin on October 26, as the state’s voters undertake a recall campaign against Tea Party Governor Scott Walker. More than 20,000 showed up at an Occupy Milwaukee protest Saturday morning.
Ten years after promising that human rights would be protected in Afghanistan, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has verified “systemic torture” by Afghan security forces trained and funded by the United States.
In a stunning example of small-minded politics, Mayor Bloomberg is sending the NYPD to forcibly evict brave people who acted as a living rebuke to Wall Street’s indifferent and immoral behavior toward a majority of Americans.
The Occupy Wall Street movement is barely born and the mainstream media is already in the delivery room, asking questions about demands and plans, pontificating on whether it’s “good for Obama,” or an “alternative to the Tea Party,” etcetera ad infinitum.
The Occupy Wall Street protests begin in Los Angeles today. The Mayor and City Council should acknowledge the justice of their cause. The LAPD should treat them with courtesy. The financial powers should consider that their day of reckoning.
Each generation should see The Battle of Algiers and see it over again, as a chilling preview to the Long War. In the film as well as real life, a chart of “terrorist cell leaders” is posted on a French blackboard and, one by one, each is assassinated until there are no more. The Casbah is declared pacified, and the French military forces leave. Two years later, an Algerian uprising in the streets succeeds in liberating Algeria from colonial rule.
We, the undersigned, urge President Obama to keep his June 20, 2009 promise that “we have no intention of sending United States troops into Pakistan.”
Slowly but surely, the United States is creeping more deeply into a disastrous war in Pakistan. The peace movement and its political and media allies need to be ready. There is a growing community of activists and journalists already protesting and paying attention to the aerial drone wars over Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, and Libya. But the debate about drones cannot be isolated from the context of their use in the Long War as a substitute for American ground troops and in response to peace pressure from the American public.