"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.
Abu Zubaydah is the "poster child for the torture program, and that’s why they never want him to be heard from again,” said Joseph Margulies, his attorney.
Andy Worthington, who has written many articles on Zubaydah over 10 years, summarizes:
Asked about Guantánamo in the past, Trump has said he would like to “load it up with bad dudes.” He wouldn’t specify to the Herald whether as president he would again allow terrorism suspects captured abroad to be transferred to the detention center.
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.
World Can't Wait, Hawaii Chapter | August 27, 2016
This morning's Advertiser announced that President Obama will addressing Pacific leaders and philanthropists at the East West Center on Wednesday evening sometime between 5:30-7:30. We'll be there and invite you to join us at a signholding against the crimes of the U.S. Military in the Pacific. Following are details of the actions on Wednesday, August 31st and Saturday, September 3rd:
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.
"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 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.”
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.
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.”
Last night more than 200 people stood near the entrance of the East-West Center to "greet" President Obama. About 100 held signs: "U.S. Military Destroys the Planet," "No TPP," "No More Ko`oholawe's", "Navy Sonar Kills Whales," "Military Occupation is Not Conservation, "No DOI Rule Over Kanaka Maoli" and many, many more. Many of the people without signs were UH students hoping to get a glimpse of Obama.