Is a youngster in Afghanistan as valuable as one of the Obama children? Of course. Kathy Kelly, writing from Australia, puts it into perspective.
Seven Iraqi doctors and one journalist visited Minnesota from Oct. 16 to Nov. 3 to build relations between health-care professionals, universities and medical organizations. Here, Dr. Intisar Ogal (from left), Dr. Hassan Al-Azzam, Dr. Azar Maluki and Dr. Mahdi Al-Faraaon speak at the Duluth Public Library. Their appearance was part of a “Navigating the Aftermath” tour which has reached eight Minnesota communities this year with art, film and dialogue on the Iraq War, its consequences and Iraq’s future. The tour has been organized with the assistance of of Sami Rasouli of Muslim Peacemaker Teams and the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project. Read the full story here...
Last Friday, President Obama announced that the military would begin a withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq, saying, “After nearly nine years, America's war in Iraq will be over. Our troops will definitely be home for the holidays.” Not surprisingly, corporate media chose to highlight the responses of Republican Presidential candidates like Michelle Bachman (who thinks Iraqis need to pay us back for their “liberation”) rather than listening to the people who had struggled to prevent the Iraq war in the first place, and who had spent the past eight years trying to make a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq a reality. Read the rest and comment here...
On Tuesday evening, Berkeley’s City Council approved a resolution calling for the closure of Guantánamo Bay Prison and welcoming detainees who have been cleared as posing no danger to the U.S., but who cannot safely return to their home countries. Berkely joins the Massachusetts towns of Amherst and Leverett, which adopted similar resolutions in 2009 and 2010. Nancy Talanian, the executive director of No More Guantánamos, said, "Dozens of innocent men remain in Guantánamo simply because they cannot safely return to their home countries, and U.S. allies rightly question why they must welcome all of them when the U.S. refuses to take any. Berkeley's resolution is a necessary step toward closing the prison with justice and restoring our country’s commitment to human rights."
|U.S. troops will be withdrawn from Iraq by the end of this year, as required under a 2008 agreement between the U.S. and Iraqi governments. The Obama administration made repeated efforts to win approval for keeping some U.S. forces in Iraq after the Dec. 31st 2011 deadline, but the refusal by the Iraqi government to grant legal immunity to U.S. troops eventually doomed any such agreement, and forced the U.S. to hold to the earlier withdrawal timetable.|
Rep. Tammy Baldwin writes on Huffington Post:
Days after the attacks on our homeland, I voted to authorize the use of military force against the perpetrators and those who had aided and abetted them. I stand by that vote...
But today, ten years after the war began, the number of al Qaeda operatives in Afghanistan is estimated at less than 100. Our objective is no longer clear, and neither is the rationale for our continued presence. After a decade of fighting, more than 2,700 coalition lives lost, and nearly half a trillion dollars spent (the equivalent of five years' worth of the federal budget for infrastructure), this has become a war without a mission -- and, thus, a war we cannot afford to continue.
We went into Afghanistan for the right reasons, but we are staying for the wrong ones. After ten years, it is time to bring America's longest war to a close and bring our troops home.
With the addition of 19 new member cities on September 16th, Mayors for Peace reached 5003 member cities, becoming the largest international, direct-membership association of local governments in the world. Mayors for Peace member cities are located in 151 Countries and 188 U.S. Cities, including Wisconsin members LaCrosse, Madison, Milwaukee and Waukesha. Since 2003, thousands of cities have been inspired to join Mayors for Peace in support of its ‘2020 Vision’ of a world free of nuclear weapons by the year 2020. The total number of citizens represented worldwide by Mayors for Peace is approaching one billion.
Wisconsin's Gwen Moore and Tammy Baldwin are among 70 House members who have signed a letter to the six-member deficit reduction super-committee, asking the committtee to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.