These contractors were not “rogue” operatives; they are a key part of how the U.S. wages war
Monday, April 13, four Blackwater contract killers were sentenced to long prison terms for the 2007 massacre of 17 unarmed civilians in Nisour Square in Baghdad during the height of the Iraq war. (The mercenaries were only charged for 14 of the 17 murders.)
World Can’t Wait Chicago joined a coalition of other organizations and concerned individuals on April 25 to condemn the U.S.-backed Saudi Arabian war on Yemen now underway. Called on short notice, it was good to see 50-75 people with banners and signs saying “Hands Off Yemen” and “Saudi Rulers Are War Criminals” and “No U.S. Intervention.”
As an internationally-travelled and internationally-minded person who has seen the U.S. from the viewpoint from outside its borders — why do YOU think it matters if a movement like World Can't Wait raises its message and is persistent?
On the 5th Anniversary of the Release of Collateral Murder, Thank You Chelsea Manning!
Julian Assange knows the power of protest. “I still enjoy crushing bastards [illegitimate arbiters of state power]” the WikiLeaks founder recently told L’Espresso journalist Di Stefania Maurizi. Publication of a secret military video showing U.S. murder of civilians in Baghdad has irrevocably altered the lives of Assange and whistleblower Chelsea Manning.
I think most of you reading this were very heartened last fall by the protests that swept across the country in response to the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and others, killed by police. Those actions involved very large numbers of young people, most of whom had never gotten involved in protest before, and they were striking for how multi-national they were, with large numbers of white people uniting with black and brown.