Cheers to Ellen Chenoweth, creator of the George W. Bush Presidential Library Augmented Reality Project
Reality according to the "The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum":
Michael Ratner, who died of cancer last week, had distinct responsibility for calling for, doing legal work to bring about, and organizing, the team of more than 600 attorneys who defended the prisoners at Guantanamo. No one else was doing that — and the government certainly did not expect anyone would. It took winning a decision in the Supreme Court for the prisoners to get habeas corpus rights, and then winning it repeatedly. Thanks to the Center for Constitutional Rights, of which Michael was President and then President Emeritus.
Members of World Can't Wait Chicago joined impassioned groups and individuals from across the Midwest at the BP Refinery in Whiting, Indiana on May 15 to say no to fossil fuels. This was one of dozens of coordinated actions around the world (more here). After a rally that drew about 750 people, we joined a march and walked for over a mile past enormous oil tanks, railroad tracks used by trains transporting huge quantities of oil and tall smokestacks some emitting flames.
Twenty-two-year-old Samantha Morris is a social worker at an Alabama-based nonprofit organization who works hard to attend to the needs of men and women recently released from prison or still incarcerated. When she began her job in 2015, she declined the nonprofit's offer to allocate a portion of her monthly wages into a 401(k) account. "At the time, I didn't want to take money out of my paycheck every month to invest through the organization that I work for," Morris said. However, like many young professionals anxious about their future, Morris found it prudent to save money, if possible, by investing in stocks and mutual funds.
2 May 2016. A World to Win News Service. The al-Quds hospital was one of the very few remaining in Aleppo and the only one with facilities and personnel to treat children. It was hit by one or more air strikes on the night of 27 April. Video from a surveillance camera in a hospital corridor shows Dr Muhammad Waseem Moaz, said to be the leading and perhaps last paediatrician in the city, closing a door, adjusting his hospital scrubs and stepping toward the emergency room just as an explosion blows in the front door and the walls and ceiling collapse. He and at least 26 other staff and patients were killed in the attack on this hospital supported by the international medical volunteer organization Medecins Sans Frontieres.
16 people in the U.S. military will not be prosecuted for repeated bombings of the Médecins Sans Frontières(Doctors Without Borders) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, last October 3. After a six-month investigation, the Pentagon says the 16 will face administrative sanctions because they "failed to comply with the law of armed conflict and rules of engagement."
Larry Wilmore, who hosted the White House Correspondent's dinner last weekend, didn't go soft on Obama for not closing Guantanamo. Other than Trump and Cruz, he's almost the only one to remind people the prison is still open, as it's not a subject for discussion among Democrats.
The War Parties Convene July 2016
These unjust, immoral, illegitimate wars need to be opposed, especially when the eyes of the world are concentrated on these conventions.
If you want to be involved in protests at the Republican Convention in Cleveland July 15-18, or the Democrats' Convention in Philadelphia July 25-28, contact us.
The New York Times ran a feature, "How Hillary Became a Hawk," in its magazine May 1, 5 years after Obama & Clinton cheered on the killing of Osama bin Laden and his family members. "Throughout her career she has displayed instincts on foreign policy that are more aggressive than those of President Obama — and most Democrats," they say.
What does that tell us about what's coming?
Revcom.us fills out examples that the Times article does not.
USA Today reported on April 19 that U.S. air forces bombing Syria and Iraq have been operating under new, looser rules of engagement since last fall. The war commander, Lt Gen Sean McFarland, now orders air strikes that are expected to kill up to 10 civilians without prior approval from U.S. Central Command, and U.S. officials made it clear to USA Today that U.S. air strikes are killing more civilians as a result of the new rules.