Protests Demand Steven Salaita be Rehired
In the first week of August, Steven Salaita was fired from his position as an associate professor in the American Indian Studies program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC, the flagship public university of the state) for tweets expressing outrage over Israel’s attack on Gaza and those supporting it.
38 days ago, Michael Brown was shot six times by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. More witnesses have come forward to corroborate eye-witness testimony that Brown's hands were up, and he was not aggressive. But, still Officer Darren Wilson is on paid vacation. No indictment, no justice.
Connection Between Honorable Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella, Supreme Court of Canada, Berkeley Law Dean Sujit Choudhry and Berkeley Law faculty member John Yoo
Constitutional scholar Sujit Choudhry represented Omar Khadr, a 15-year old boy removed from Afghanistan* and rendered to Guantanamo in 2002, in a case heard by Justice Abella and the other Justices of the Canadian Supreme Court. John Yoo is infamously known for writing the legal memos stating that the Geneva Conventions did not apply to so-called "enemy combatants" detained in Guantanamo and other black sites outside of the United States.
US policies, and more specifically, its "War on Terror," created ISIS. Obama now proposes to destroy that which US policy created by using the same fundamental logic that created ISIS and which guides the "war on terror." This can only produce a more virulent and widespread response, even more dramatic blowback than 9/11 was.
Apparent United States policy on beheadings:
If “brutal” enemies do the beheading, start bombing whole regions, as Henry Kissinger said on Sunday, and respond disproportionately, in a way that “you would not analyze in terms of a normal response.”
I don’t know what you’ve been thinking and feeling in the last month, but if you are anything like me, you have been stunned and extremely disheartened by Barack Obama’s expanding air war in Iraq and the pro-war propaganda campaign that has infected television and radio news in the US.
As news of a second journalist killed by ISIS spills onto the headlines this week, Obama and his administration were quick to promise retribution. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel as reported by CNN indicated, “All options — with the exception of a ground invasion — are on the table to address the threat posed by ISIS... Those options include possible airstrikes in Syria, where ISIS has established a stronghold in and around the northeastern Syrian city of Raqqa.”
Dennis Loo interviewed Revolution writer Larry Everest about Iraq, ISIS, US plans for the region, and the implications for those of us seeking to mobilize opposition to the continuing destruction wreaked by the US military.
There has been a sharp escalation by the US government in rhetoric, in policy, and in the urgency with which they are responding to ISIS, with a US general calling them an "apocalyptic, end of days" movement. What is behind this?