"The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons," wrote Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky in The House of the Dead. The cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment — torture — inflicted on disfranchised subjects, from Pelican Bay in California to Bagram, Afghanistan, must not only end; the presumption of American immunity to international law must be repudiated. Dismantling of U.S. torture camps can't wait. And that is up to us.
The list of key advisers — which includes the general who executed the troop surge in Iraq and a former Bush homeland security chief turned terror profiteer — is a strong indicator that Clinton’s national security policy will not threaten the post-9/11 national-security status quo that includes active use of military power abroad and heightened security measures at home.
Debra Sweet | September 16, 2016
Chelsea said Tuesday, “I am unendingly relieved that the military is finally doing the right thing. I applaud them for that. This is all that I wanted — for them to let me be me... But it is hard not to wonder why it has taken so long. Also, why were such drastic measures needed? The surgery was recommended in April 2016. The recommendations for my hair length were back in 2014. In any case, I hope this sets a precedent for the thousands of trans people behind me hoping they will be given the treatment they need.”
Chicago World Can't Wait Chapter | Septemeber 16, 2016
“Snowden,” Oliver Stone’s latest film opening this week, is about a young man’s journey of discovery and his courage in going where the evidence took him until, finally, he felt compelled to take action he would never have imagined, let alone considered, at that journey’s start. And Stone succeeds in showing and bringing alive what Snowden discovers, despite the fact that most of us might find the technology involved mind-numbing on its own.
On Sunday 9/11, the scene downtown near the WTC was very subdued. We covered a large sidewalk area with anti-war displays, including a drone model and large banners. No one in authority said a word, though we had applied for no permits. MANY fewer people walked by than we saw in 2011 when we did a similar display at the same location. But people from Syria, Afghanistan, all over Europe, Asia, and Africa, stopped to talk. Fewer people took our flyers than have done so recently, including when we protested the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia and ran out of materials.
"Due to global warming, widespread drought and increasingly polluted water systems, the projected availability of clean freshwater in years to come to meet the rising demands of a growing global population is among the most daunting human challenges of this century," writes Joachim Hagopian at Global Research. "In the same way that without air to breathe, without water we humans cannot sustain life for more than a few days."
Debra Sweet | September 9, 2016
On September 9, the 45th anniversary of the murderous attack by NY State police on the Attica prisoners, whistle-blower and former Army intelligence officer Chelsea Manning announced that she began a hunger strike:
“Today, I have decided that I am no longer going to be bullied by this prison—or by anyone within the U.S. government. I have asked for nothing but the dignity and respect—that I once actually believed would be provided for—afforded to any living human being.”
Debra Sweet | September 10, 2016
It's no secret that government leaders conspire to advance U.S. hegemony in the Middle East with their illicit 'war on terror' response to the September 11, 2001 destruction of the World Trade Center in New York City. That horrific event advanced the criminal program of your government, sacrificing liberty to a false promise of security:
"Our grief is not a cry for war," messaged a grouping of artists drawn together by the events of September 11th, 2001. Once again, it's time for those who share this same sensibility — all of us who want a better world — to cry out in protest: All this has not been done in our names! We rededicate ourselves to resist the machinery of war and repression and rally others to do everything possible to stop it. The U.S. must end these wars now!
We Are Not Your Soldiers, a project of World Can’t Wait, will start its tenth year of bringing recent veterans of U.S. wars to speak in high schools and colleges. The need to stop US wars for empire against peoples around the world is more urgent than ever.