Judge dismisses all charges against 131 White House protesters

A federal judge has dismissed all charges against 131 antiwar protesters who were arrested on December 16 at the White House. The protest was organized by Veterans for Peace and included many veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, along with Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg. Those who participated in the action stated that the dismissal was "clearly a victory for opposition to undeclared wars which are illegal under international law, have led to the destruction of societies in Iraq and Afghanistan, bled the US Treasury in a time of recession, and caused human rights violations against civilians and combatants."   (Full press release below.)

Russian TV: Kathy Kelly reports from Afghanistan

Voices for Creative Nonviolence founder Kathy Kelly speaks to Russian TV from Afghanistan, saying, "This is a land that belongs to the people of Afghanistan. A prior question should be what do Afghan people want for their country? Not, what kind of designs does the United States have on their resources.” Read more...

A new year's greeting to Afghanistan....

Dear Afghanistan,
May the Dawn of 2011
Wash away your scars of pain and sorrow;
May it appear with the lasting hope,
For an enduring peace and better tomorrow.
May it bring on every sad and anguished face,
The flush of joy, mirth and cheer;
May it end the era of tyranny and injustice,
And really prove to all  'A Happy New Year'. 

Sami Rasouli, Muslim Peacemaker Teams - Najaf, Iraq

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Send a message of peace to the people of Afghanistan this New Years Day

The "Dear Afghanistan" campaign aims to gather messages of peace to the people of Afghanistan from people all over the world, this New Years Day. In the words of Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers, which has helped organize the campaign, "You can let Afghan people know that their lives matter as much as yours.  Assure them that the U.S. government’s war is unacceptable to you and that you are working to end it." To participate, send an email to to

"Dear Afghanistan:” A New Year's Call for Peace

From Kathy Kelly in Kabul:
On New Year’s Day, 01/01/11, people around the world are invited to raise their voices, through FacebookTwitter, Free Conference calls, Skype, and blogs at several websites in a massive refusal to accept the Afghanistan war any longer. Let your New Year’s resolution be to stand for the people and end wars by sending a digital or spoken peacemaking message to people in Afghanistan.  By amassing millions of messages calling for peace, we can create yet another indication that ordinary people within and beyond Afghanistan have had enough of war.

START: A victory for everyone, not just Obama

The news media are calling it a victory for President Obama -- the Senate's 71-26 vote to ratify the START treaty with Russia to reduce the number of nuclear weapons in the world.

Call me naive, but why should that be a victory for Obama? 

Why on earth should preventing a nuclear war be a partisan issue? 

Why isn't this fairly small step in the direction of peace a victory for the human race?

Just asking.

Afghan Youth: "We want you out"

An open letter from Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers (left) and Afghans for Peace was sent to us by Kathy Kelley of Voices for Creative Nonviolence. Here's a selection: "14-year-old Abdulai’s father was killed by the ‘Taliban’ and so, like every other human being, he copes with sorrow, hate, fear and anger. But, he wakes up to the chronic war days in his land sensing that ‘something is very wrong with the world I’m caught up in’, ‘these elders of the world are not getting it…..’. How does trillion-deficit killing, followed by the strategy of escalated killing and yet another review for more killing, work?" Read the letter and view a video from Afghans for Peace here...

CNN: More than 100 arrested at White House antiwar protest

While President Obama was delivering a speech inside the White House about his administration’s review of the situation in Afghanistan, more than a hundred antiwar  protesters, many of whom had chained themselves to the White House fence, were being arrested outside. The protest was organized by Veterans for Peace, and among those arrested was Penatagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, who offered a strong response to attacks on Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. "This lynch mob mentality is America at its lowest," Ellsburg said. Read more about the arrests at the White House...

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