WNPJ Blog: Time magazine's concern for Afghan women

You won't see the picture on the left, of a victim of a U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan, on the cover of Time magazine. It's not that Time is reluctant to show horrific images on its cover -- just last week their cover photo was of a young Afghan woman named Aisha, horribly mutilated by her husband under the direction of a Taliban commander -- rather, it's that the cover of Time is reserved for horrific photos of the victims of our official enemies, the Taliban, and never for horrific photos of our own victims.

But leaving aside the issue of Time's obvious double-standard, those of us who advocate for withdrawal must respond to the provocative headline that Time chose: "What happens if we leave Afghanistan." Read and comment here...

Wisconsin doctor on his own "Countdown to Zero"

While some antinuclear organizations are raising questions about the film "Countdown to Zero" and a national campaign tied to the film that claims as a goal the total abolition of nuclear weapons, one WNPJ board member has embarked on a campaign of his own, speaking to grassroots groups about the growing global movement for nuclear abolition, with a scheduled appearance in Fon du Lac on August 5.  Chuck Baynton, a retired physician from Whitefish Bay, attended the UN Conference on the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty held in New York in May, and has returned with some pointed criticisms of the U.S. and other nuclear-armed states. Speaking of the 121 Non-governmental organizations (NGO's) that participated in the Conference, Baynton says, “They are virtually unanimous in their belief that the nuclear armed countries are not living up to their treaty obligation to negotiate their own disarmament.”  

Lanterns for Peace: Dodgeville, Madison, Rockford, Milwaukee, LaCrosse


“Lanterns for Peace” is part of an international movement for the elimination nuclear weapons that began in the early 80’s.  There will be lantern making, story telling, singing and information sharing at events sponsored by WNPJ member groups around the state and region.... 'Read more' for details of events in Dodgeville, LaCrosse, Milwaukee, Rockford, IL,  and Madison....

Remembering America's forgotten war

Iraq Deaths Estimator

Iraq is quickly taking the place of Afghanistan as America's "Forgotten war." While Americans are rightfully concerned about unemployment and lack of health care at home, and as the foreign-policy debate shifts to Afghanistan, we must never forget the devastation that our country has wrought on Iraq, a country that posed no threat to us and was attacked in a completely unnecessary act of war. WNPJ commits itself to remembering the victims of America's war on Iraq by posting this Iraq deaths estimate by Just Foreign Policy. We will never know exactly how many Iraqi people died as a result of the U.S. invasion, but let us keep these victims in our hearts as we recommit ourselves to the struggle for an end to all war.

Could "Countdown to Zero" increase support for attacks on Iran?

Countdown to Zero, a documentary produced by Participant Media, the producers of An Inconvenient Truth and Food Inc, will open on August 13 at Sundance Cinemas in Madison. The film describes the threat that nuclear weapons pose to all of us, and urges us to work towards a goal of total worldwide nuclear abolition (the "zero" in the title.) But some peace groups have raised questions about the film, calling attention to information it has left out, and even raised concerns that the film could prove useful to those who want to generate public support for an attack on Iran.

Celebrating 30 years of nonviolent nuclear resistance

Two hundred anti-nuclear activists from across the country gathered in early July in Oak Ridge, TN for a powerful celebration of nonviolent resistance marking the 30th anniversaries of Nukewatch, (a WNPJ member group),  the Nuclear Resister, and the first Plowshares disarmament action.

There was music, there was talking, there were puppets and Fourth-of-July burgers and watermelon -- and a birthday cake, pictured.

Food Co-op in Rachel Corrie's hometown joins boycott of Israeli goods

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement took another small step forward last week with a vote by the Olympia, Washington Food Co-Op to boycott all Israeli goods, with the lone exception of "Peace Oil"  - an olive oil produced by Palestinian farmers. Olympia is the hometown of peace activist Rachel Corrie, who was murdered by an Israeli bulldozer as she was attempting to protect Palestinian homes from demolition. Co-op board member Rob Richards hopes to see other co-ops follow Olympia's example, saying, "I am trying to be realistic - the Olympia Food Co-Op boycott is not going to change the Israeli policy, but I believe that these small drops will eventually have an effect. I would like to see more co-ops joining the boycott and more voices involved." Read more...

Local Colombia Support Network members interrogated in Miami

Cecilia Zarate-Laun (pictured),a WNPJ board member, and her husband, John Laun, were taken to an immigration office  in the Miami airport for several hours when they returned on July 17 from attending the dedication of the Carol Chomsky Forest (Bosque Carol Chomsky, “La Carolina”) in La Vega, Cauca. Details. John  and Cecilia, active in the Colombia Support Network (CSN) say:

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