Desmond Tutu Opposed Capitalism, Israeli Apartheid And US/UK Imperialism, Too

Being a leader in the movement to end apartheid in South Africa was probably the greatest achievement of the man’s life work, and it should come as a surprise to no one that this is the focus of his many obituaries, along with the Nobel he was awarded in 1984.  After Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, he was remembered by the establishment in much the same way, as a leader of the movement against apartheid in the US.  The fact that he had become one of the most well-known and well-loved voices of the antiwar movement in the United States and around the world at the time of his death has largely been written out of the history books, a very inconvenient truth.

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What Will It Take To Transform Canada’s Foreign Policy For The Better?

This Thursday will mark one year since Canada was defeated in its bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council. The Trudeau government’s loss marked a rejection of its pro-Washington, militaristic and anti-Palestinian policies.

In the months before the vote, a half-dozen activists launched #NoUNSC4Canada. The social media campaign criticized Canada’s climate, nuclear and mining policies as well as its destructive role across the Global South in countries like Bolivia, Haiti and Venezuela. The campaign also included a widely circulated public letter focused on Canada’s anti-Palestinian policies as well as letters sent to African and Caribbean ambassadors critical of Canada’s role in those regions.

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The Antiwar Movement Must Not Go Back To Sleep During The Biden Presidency

On Saturday, members of the administrative committee of the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), on which I serve, spoke on a webinar about the importance of building and strengthening the antiwar, anti-imperialist movement during Biden’s presidency. UNAC was founded during the summer of 2010 as it became clear that the antiwar movement in the US was faltering under the nation’s first black president. Peace groups allied with the Democrats were reluctant to criticize the president and donations declined as people wrongly assumed the new Nobel Peace Prize winner was pro-peace.

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How The West Violates International Law By Using ‘Humanitarian’ Intervention’

Dan Kovalik has packed this readable and well-researched work with an abundance of invaluable information and insight into the imperial war machine, the imperial diplomatic and PR juggernaut, the extensive predatory machinations reducing the rest of the world to rubble so that America’s corporations and its ravenous banking system can subjugate and exploit their populations and extract their material wealth. No More War is a powerful, informative book. While the well-crafted prose reads comfortably, conferring it with NYT bestseller potential, its erudition demands that it be taken seriously. This invaluable volume begs to be used as a textbook for university peace study courses. For we can’t very well chart the right course without fully understanding where we’ve gone wrong . . . so very very wrong.

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War Is An Enormous Threat To The Climate Movement

In Australia, unprecedented bushfires tore across a total area the size of Virginia, killing at least 29 people and an estimated one billion animals, and destroying 2,000 homes. The news was flooded with images of thousands of people taking refuge on Australia’s southeastern coastline, the sun blocked by thick smoke, children wearing surgical masks, in a crisis whose severity is unambiguously tied to climate change.

On January 3, the Trump administration brought the United States to the brink of war when it assassinated Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the commander of Iran’s Quds Force and a ranking official of Iran. Iran responded by bombing a U.S. base in Iraq, and the world watched in horror to see what President Trump would do next.

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War With Iran Averted, For Now. US Out Of The Middle East

In the wake of the assassination of Iranian military leader Major General Qasem Soleimani and nine other people by a U.S. drone strike in Iraq, tensions between the United States and Iran are at their height. The immediate threat of war is real. Real-time news and expert commentary across the nationwide spectrum of media outlets probably have the heads of American citizens spinning. When things are moving so fast, perhaps it is best to move away from the ever-changing and confusing real-time commentary about what should happen and what will happen. Let’s look for the obvious reasons for not going to war with Iran.

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Great Antiwar Analyst and Writer Justin Raimondo Dies

Justin Raimondo, former editorial director and co-founder of Antiwar.com, is dead at 67. He died at his home in Sebastopol, California, with his husband, Yoshinori Abe, by his side. He had been diagnosed with 4th stage lung cancer in October 2017.

Justin co-founded Antiwar.com with Eric Garris in 1995. Under their leadership, Antiwar.com became a leading force against U.S. wars and foreign intervention, providing daily and often hourly updates and comprehensive news, analysis, and opinion on war and peace. Inspired by Justin’s spirit, vision, and energy, Antiwar.com will go on.

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Whom Will We Honor Memorial Day?

Memorial Day: No politician who voted funds for war, no business contractor for the military, no general who ordered young men into battle, no FBI man who spied on anti-war activities, should be invited to public ceremonies on this sacred day. Let the dead of past wars be honored. Let those who live pledge themselves never to embark on mass slaughter again. Memorial Day should be a day for putting flowers on graves and planting trees. Also, for destroying the weapons of death that endanger us more than they protect us, that waste our resources and threaten our children and grandchildren.

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We Can Imagine And Create A World Without Military Enemies And Wars

Something jolted me into a new level of shock and awe, you might say, about the deep state apparatus that controls the national direction. There’s nothing in this controlling consciousness devoted to creating — or imagining — a world without nuclear weapons or a world free of war and poverty. That’s just not part of the future “America” has any interest in envisioning. The next war is utterly unquestioned. “Us vs. them” is utterly unquestioned. There will always be enemies. What would we do without them?

While the invisible state may fear losing its global dominance, it seems to be completely in control of its domestic dominance.

And peace is out of the picture, at least the evolving concept of that word: peace that transcends militarism and is not based on armed enforcement. As long as the generals and war profiteers have it their way, peace is merely the lull between wars or, even more cynically, that brief pause while the combatants reload.

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Women’s March On The Pentagon Puts The ‘Pro’ Back In ‘Protest’

We are planning to march on the Pentagon. The Pentagon is not a typical target because many activists are afraid of offending the military despite recognizing that the US military is the largest terrorist organization in the world. We are also having a rally on the 21st of October and are committed to “Occupying” the Pentagon until Veteran’s Day, November 11th.

We are also reimagining new ways to state what the Women’s March on the Pentagon is doing.

Yes, we are against the US Empire’s perpetual and devastating wars but being “anti” war was never enough. Being “pro” peace is also deficient because peace is just not an absence of war—it is also the presence of social justice and social safety nets.

WMOP is putting the PRO back in PROtest but before we are PRO-peace, we feel we need to be each of the following. The list that follows is not exhaustive, but it is a good start.

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Six Arrested At Protest Against Hanscom Role In Nuclear War Preparations

Six peace activists were arrested on May 27, 2018, at the gate of Hanscom Air Force Base as they protested the role of the base in nuclear war planning.

Hanscom is the location of the Program Executive Office (PEO) for Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications, which seeks to improve the communications system that would be used by U.S. forces in a nuclear war. “Nuclear weapons are a danger to all life on earth: human, plant, and animal. There is no justifiable reason to launch a nuclear weapon as doing so will end the lives of millions, if not billions, of people across the globe”,” said Michelle Cunha of Bedford. “Knowing my neighbor Hanscom has been chosen to build the Nuclear Command and Control system which would control weapons in a nuclear war is terrifying.”

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Protests Against Syrian Attack and US Militarism Continue

Protests continued against the US attack on Syria and on US militarism and war. A large protest was held in New York City as can be seen in the tweet report below. The focus of the protests included the Israeli murders of unarmed Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border. Thirty-two people have been killed by sniper fire since the protest began. The protest will continue until the Nakba on May 15. 

In addition to Syria and Israel, people protested the ongoing war in Yemen, threats to Iran, North Korea and Venezuela. The massive increase in spending on war and war preparation, now making up 60 percent of federal discretionary spending, was also protested as people called for divestment from the war machine. 

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Protests Against US Militarism And Attack On Syria

Protests were held on Saturday, April 14, across the United States and in some countries around the world against US militarism. The protests had a special focus on the US aerial attack of Syria which occurred the night before. More protests are being held today. While Syria received the most attention people also protested US threats against Iran, Yemen, North Korea and Venezuela as well as conflicts with Russia and China. People also protested the massive increase in US military spending as well as the expansion of an arms race, including massive spending on nuclear weapons.

People were urged to participate in the Women’s March on the Pentagon on October 20-21 as well as the protest against the Trump military parade planned for November 11.

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