At the Left Forum in New York City May 30-31, World Can't Wait will host a series of panels to explore the developing “war on terror” and our opposition against the crimes of our government. Please join us for the following events:
- Deep Into Drone Wars & Secret Ops:
What's the "War on Terror" Coming To?
- US Wars of Aggression & Islamic Jihad:
What is the Bigger Danger and How Should the Antiwar Movement Respond?
- “We Tortured Some Folks” But Don't Take it Too Seriously, Says US Government
“This is not who we are” said Barack Obama about abuses of prisoners at Guantanano during a contentious speech on “national security” May 23, 2013. His speech struggled to respond to the prisoners' hunger strike — involving most of them — which had propelled the U.S. government's torture camp into the news in a way that brought into sharper relief the illegitimate foundation of prolonged detention without charge. Obama seemed to imply that he wanted to close Guantanamo.
On May 16 in San Francisco, World Can’t Wait joined a protest demonstration of 200 people to demand Stop the War on Yemen. Members of the Yemeni community in the Bay Area (one of the largest in the U.S.) organized this street march and rally ”calling on all to support their struggle for self determination against foreign intervention and imperialist wars” and welcomed everyone.
About a dozen anti-torture activists marked the 10th year of World Can't Wait protests at the UC Berkeley Law Commencement on May 15, 2015, distributing hundreds of informational pamphlets and orange ribbons, worn in remembrance and solidarity with torture victims,
“If professionals were watching, the government argued, the program must have been safe.”
Credit goes to dissident psychologists for staying on the case for more than 10 years against official professional involvement with the US torture program.
Six weeks of bombing by U.S. close ally Saudi Arabia has brought about a desperate situation in Yemen. The Saudi government said weeks ago it would reduce bombing, but instead has increased it. Reports that hospitals are shutting down for lack of fuel, and the expected loss of the whole telecommunications system will bring more danger for the people.
It's worth thinking about how imperialist wars start; how they can end up; how opposition develops externally and domestically. Sometimes waging wars make the aggressor less stable. Sometimes they lose legitimacy. A lot depends on what the opposition does. In this week of anniversaries, let's look back.
The United States claims to be the good guys in the world. Fighting terrorism. Standing with the downtrodden. Promoting democracy. Representing law and “human rights.”