Voices of Resistance

 

The Crisis in Korea, and a History of Lies to Justify War

By Robert Parry Korea

If American journalism should have learned one thing over the years, it is to be cautious and skeptical during the first days of a foreign confrontation like the one now playing out on the Korean Peninsula. Often the initial accounts from the “U.S. side” don’t turn out to be entirely accurate.
 
While you can delve back through history for plenty of examples, today’s U.S. journalists might remember events like the Gulf of Tonkin clash that opened the door to the disastrous Vietnam War and the misplaced certainty about Iraq’s WMD that led to a bloody U.S. invasion and occupation.
 
In both cases, contrary claims from the "enemy side" were discounted and mocked as U.S. journalists puffed out their chests and waved the flag.

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The Continuing Relevance and Importance of the "Pyramid Analysis"

By Bob Avakian

The following is an excerpt from the text of a talk by Bob Avakian in Fall 2009, which was serialized in Revolution. While presented last year, before the recent midterm elections, it remains highly relevant today. The entire talk can be found online at revcom.us/avakian/driving.
 
This "pyramid analysis" was first put forward more than five years ago now, in the question-and-answer session of the "Revolution" talk (Revolution: Why It's Necessary, Why It's Possible, What It's All About).1 To briefly summarize this, the point is that you can conceive of the political structures and the way that they relate to the larger society in the U.S. as something of a pyramid:

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The Truth About Obama's "Accomplishments" and the Need to Build a Mass Movement

ObamaObama is scheduled to speak tomorrow night announcing the "end" of the war in Iraq, only one week after thousands of troops deployed from Ft. Hood to Iraq to continue the occupation. Re-branding war and empire is not change; but the story doesn't end there...

By Scott Trent

A friend posted an article today about the "Eight things Obama has done to make the world a more peaceful place." Check out that article here.
 
It turns out that the article is a year old, and even less true today than it was then. I took the liberty of responding to all eight of the points. As much as we might want these things to be true, there is actually nothing true on that list. It's all deceptive PR from the Obama government intended to silence and placate the people who criticized the Bush regime for these same practices.

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War Criminal Goes toYale

By Chris Floyd 

Yale University continues its modern tradition of hiring war criminals to instruct young minds in the ways of the world.
 
First, it was Tony Blair, brought over to pontificate at Yale Divinity School -- and now Stanley McChrystal, chief honcho of death squads and "strenuous interrogation" in Iraq and later failed leader of the "Obama Surge" in Afghanistan, has been hired by the august institution to ''examine how dramatic changes in globalization have increased the complexity of modern leadership," the NY Times reports.

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Protests Greet John Yoo on First Day of Classes

By Frances Dinkelspiel

Cindy Sheehan addressing the crowd.

Cindy Sheehan, the anti-war activist, and dozens of protestors from Code Pink, The World Can’t Wait, the Boalt Alliance to Abolish Torture and other groups marched through Berkeley Law School today to protest John Yoo’s position as a member of the faculty.

After holding a brief press conference outside the law school, the group marched through the halls and into an outdoor plaza where many students had gathered to have lunch. The protestors were wearing latex gloves dipped in red paint and they yelled “Torture is a war crime,” and “What do we want for John Yoo? Arrest! Indictment! Imprisonment!”

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Made in USA: America's Hidden Hiroshima in Iraq

 by Chris Floyd 

Years ago, I wrote about the use of chemical weapons in the American assault on the Iraqi city of Fallujah in 2004.

I was attacked at the time for my "wild accusations" by many people, across the political spectrum, even by stalwart dissidents, who felt that such "exaggerations" undermined the "effectiveness" of the anti-war movement, preventing it from being taken "seriously" by the "serious" players in the power structure.

Later, of course, American military officials -- and serving soldiers -- admitted using white phosphorus and other chemical weapons in the assault.

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The Lies That Bind: The Myth of America, and the Murderous Reality

 

 
Henry Miller once said that the purpose of the artist is to "inoculate the world with disillusionment." We are in desperate need of disillusionment today -- disillusionment on a vast scale, disillusionment as a constant discipline. Arthur Silber is one of the greatest such artists now at work, and he has just released a remarkable piece aimed at one the deadliest illusions of our time: the myth of American Exceptionalism. I cannot recommend strongly enough that you read the entire piece, but below are a few excerpts to highlight some of the salient points.

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Invisible Holocaust: Mountains of Dead Children and “the World’s Greatest Democracy”

By Chris FloydIraqi Children

In the last decade of the 20th century, a nation often hailed (not least by itself) as the "world's greatest democracy" directed a program of savage economic warfare against a broken, defenseless country. This blockade, carried out with an exacting bureaucratic coldness, killed, by very conservative estimate, at least one million innocent people. More than half of these victims were young children.

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Restrepo: The Afghan People as Extras in Hollywood’s Films, America’s Conscience

By libbyliberal

Tom Engelhardt wrote in an introduction to Nick Turse’s blunt and moving commentary of Sebastian Junger’s new film Restrepo:
 
“Left screen center was usually the American platoon, a kind of “lost patrol” in an alien land, part of what, even during the war, was regularly referred to as an American -- but not a Vietnamese -- “tragedy.” From Oliver Stone’s Platoon and Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket to Robert Zemeckis’s Forrest Gump, Vietnamese suffering became, at best, a distant backdrop for American suffering, and the war’s conflicts essentially took place among Americans within that platoon.

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Generation without a Future, a Future without Generations: the Endless Suffering of Afghan Children

By Gabriele Maranci

Nine and a half have passed since the US and allies invaded Afghanistan. American and European soldiers (among whom the most affected are the British) sacrificed their lives for political games, international interests and local corruption, as well as strategic failure.
 
While an unstoppable abacus precisely tracks each soldier’s death, little is really known about the civilian fatalities, which suggests a silent confession that, in this war, human blood weighs differently between the civilizer and the (un)civilizable Afghan.

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    Here you can find statements from individuals and organizations in support of The World Can't Wait - Drive Out the Bush Regime.

    Hear from the following voices on why you must come out to the protests called for October 5th:

    Why I Signed the Call:
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    Voices from November 2nd, 2005 Protests:

    (The movement to drive out the Bush regime was launched with protests across the country on Nov. 2nd, 2005, the anniversary of Bush's "re-election. Below are statements in support of the Nov. 2nd protests.)

     

    Mumia Abu-Jamal

    Medea Benjamin (Code Pink)

    Father Luis Barrios

    Dahr Jamail, independent journalist

    Tomas Olmos

    Malik Rahim (Common Ground Collective, New Orleans)

     

    Cindy Sheehan

    Stephen Rohde

    Gore Vidal

     

    Howard Zinn


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


     

     

    Voices from State of Emergency  Protests:

    (On Jan. 31st, 2006, the night of Bush's state of the union address, World Can't Wait organized protests across the country followed by a rally demanding "Bush Step Down" in Washington, DC the following Saturday, Feb. 4th.  Below are statements made before or during the state of emergency protests.) 

    Imam Talib Abdur-Rashid

    Ed Begley, Jr.

    Elaine Brower at Feb. 4 Rally in DC

    Cerritos College MEChA

    Burt Cohen, Former NH State Senator

    Carl Dix, Spokesperson for the Revolutionary Communist Party, at the Jan. 31st rally in NYC

    Daniel Ellsberg

    Rabbi Michael Feinberg

    Georgetown Law Students

    Hampton University Students

    Larry S. Jones, Americans United for Seperation of Church and State

    Rev. Deborah Lake at Feb. 4 Rally in DC

    Mark Leno, California State Assemblyman

    Aimara Lin, Not In Our Name Project

    Mark Crispin Miller

    Oakland Education Association Resolution

    Tomas Olmos, member of National Advisory Board of World Can't Wait

    Congressional Candidate Chris Owens

    Rev. Meri Ka Ra, KRST Unity Center

    Mark Ruffalo

    Rebecca Shaeffer, Georgetown Law Student at Feb. 4 DC Rally

    David Swanson at Feb. 4 DC Rally

    Sunsara Taylor at the Feb. 4th Rally in DC

    Gore Vidal: "President Jonah"

    Howard Zinn: A Message to Students

     

    Endorsers of the Call to Drive Out the Bush Regime Include:

    Imam Talib Abdur-Rashid, Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood
    James Abourezk
    Mumia Abu-Jamal
    ACT UP, NYC
    Pam Africa
    Vincente Alba
    , Laborers Union Local 108, New York
    Alberto Lovera Bolivian Circle, New York
    Allison Aimee
    Aris Anagnos
    Anti-Flag
    Arab American Community Coalition
    Carlos Arango
    , Director, Casa Aztlan*
    Edward Asner

    Asociación Tepeyac, New York
    Axis of Justice
    Rosa Ayala
    , Justice for Janitors*
    Russell Banks
    Father Luis Barrios
    , Iglesia San Romero de Las Americas, NYC
    Rev. Willie Barrow, Women Connecting*
    Ed Begley Jr.
    Harry Belafonte
    Medea Benjamin
    Dave Berenson
    , Cleveland US Green Party
    Michael Berg, anti-war activist
    Jessica Blank, writer & actor
    William Blum
    Joan Bokaer
    , founder, Theocracy Watch
    Blase Bokaer, author
    Bob Bossie, SCJ, 8th Day Center for Justice*
    Father Roy Bourgeois
    St. Clair Bourne, filmmaker
    Elombe Brath, Patrice Lumumba Coalition, NYC
    Catharina Breinhold, musician with Nina Hagen
    Carol Brightman, author of Total Insecurity
    Dennis Brutus, Center for the Study of Human Rights
    Gabriel Byrne
    Campus Anti-War Network (CAN)

    Rosemary Candelario, pro-choice activist
    Tim Carpenter, dir., Progressive Democrats of America
    Chicago ADAPT
    CHOICE USA
    Ward Churchill
    Margaret Cho
    Ward Churchill
    Citizens For Legitimate Government
    Kate Clinton
    David Cobb
    , 2004 Green Party Pres. Candidate
    Code Pink: Women for Peace
    Gerry Cohen
    , Hollywood Director
    US Rep. John Conyers Jr.
    Harry T. Cook II
    , Recor, St. Andrews Episcopal Church
    Irwin Corey, comedian
    Carlos Cornier, percussionist, Funadesi, Old Town School of Folk
    Barry Crimmins, Air America contributor & correspondent
    Chris Crutcher, children's book author
    Culture Clash
    Charles W. Dahm
    , Pastor, St. Pius V, Chicago
    Chris Daly, SF Board of Supervisors
    DC Anti-War Network
    Rev. Greg Dell
    , Broadway United Methodist Church
    Democrats.com
    John Densmore
    Jesse Díaz Jr.
    Diane DiPrima
    , beat poet
    Carl Dix, Revolutionary Communist Party
    Leonard Dominguez, Candidate for Cook County Commissioner, IL
    Dominican Women's Development Center
    Ariel Dorfman
    , writer
    Tom Duane, NY State Senator
    Michael Eric Dyson
    Steve Earle
    Niles Eldredge
    , curator of Natural History Museum
    Edwin Ellis, President of Veterans for Peace, LA*
    Daniel Ellsberg, author of The Pentagon Papers
    Eve Ensler
    Martin Espada
    , poet
    Michelle Esrick, actress, filmmaker
    Donelle Estey, Artists Against the War
    Christian Ettinger, ex. producer of The Weather Underground
    Jodie Evans
    , Code Pink
    Samina Faheem Fundas, American Muslim Voice*
    Nina Felshin, curator, writer
    Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    Ralph Fertig
    , president of Humanitarian Law Project
    Rev. John Fife
    Jane Fonda
    Barbara Forrest
    , prof. Southeastern Louisiana Univ. (testified in Dover against intelligent design)
    Francis Fox Piven
    Michael Franti
    , musician
    Aaron Freeman, comedian
    reg e. gaines, poet & playwright
    Martin Garbus, attorney
    Deborah Glick, NY State Assemblywoman
    Global Justice and Peace Ministries, Riverside Church
    Frances Goldin
    , literary agent
    Bill Goodman, Center for Constitutional Rights
    Sam Greenlee, filmmaker & poet
    André Gregory, theater director
    Andy Griggs, Exec. Board of United Teachers of LA
    Jose Guerrero, artist & muralist, Chicago
    Lawrence Guyot, former SNCC member and former Chairman of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party
    Nina Hagen, singer, "mother of punk"
    Paul Haggis, film director, "Crash"
    Haitian Coalition for Justice
    Sam Hamill
    , Poets Against War*
    Suheir Hammad, poet
    Kathleen Hanna, Le Tigre
    David Harris, writer, founder of The Resistance*
    Stephen Hays, Board of Woodstock Film Festival
    John Heard, actor
    Jon Hendricks, artist
    Jon Hendrix, jazz singer/lyricist
    Hermandad Mexicana
    Warren Hern
    , MD, MPH, PhD, dir. Boulder Abortion Clinic
    Eric Hilton, musician, Theivery Corporation
    Hip Hop Caucus
    Merle Hoffman
    Rev. Robert M. Hollum
    , pastor, Lutheran Place
    Dorothy Hoobler, author
    Marie Howe, poet & writer
    Impeach Bush Coalition
    Mesha Monge Irizarry
    , Idriss Stelley Foundation
    Abdeen Jabara, past pres., American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Com.*
    Rev. Jesse L. Jackson
    Ron Jacobs
    , writer
    Bianca Jagger, actress & activist
    Dahr Jamail, independent journalist
    Pramila Jayapal, Exec. Dir., Hate Free Zone Washington
    Alan Jones, Dean of Faculty, Pitzer College*
    Bill T. Jones, choreographer
    Rickie Lee Jones
    Sarah Jones
    , poet & actor
    Esther Kaplan, author of With God On Their Side
    Brig. Gen. (ret) Janis Karpinski
    Casey Kasem
    Jeff Key
    , Iraq war veteran and writer, "The Eyes of Babylon"
    Ali Khan, America Muslim Council
    Margot Kidder, actress
    C. Clark Kissinger
    Frances Kissling
    , president, Catholics for a Free Choice*
    Yuri Kochiyama
    Rev. Earl Kooperkamp
    , St. Mary's Episcopal Church
    Ron Kovic, author & Vietnam Veteran
    Joyce Kozloff, artist
    Jonathan Kozol
    Reona Kumagai
    , Pres. of Princeton Students for Sensible Drug Policy
    Jim Lafferty, Exec. Director of the NLG of LA
    Ray Laforest, organizer DC 1707 AFSCME, member Pacifica National Board
    Beth Lamont
    Jessica Lange
    , actress
    Mark Leno, CA State Assemblyman
    Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor, Tikkun magazine
    James Levin, co-director, Cleveland Festival of Arts & Technology (Ingenuity)
    Philip Levine, poet, Pulitzer Prize winner
    Simon Levy, dir., What I Heard About Iraq
    Toby Devan Lewis
    Bruce Lincoln
    , prof., History of Religion, Univ. of Chicago
    Margarita Lopez, NY City Council Member
    George Lois
    Haki R. Madhubuti
    , publisher, Third World Press
    Devorah Major, poet & novelist
    Make the Road by Walking
    Mike Malloy
    , syndicated radio talk show host
    Lucinda Marshall, founder, Feminist Peace Network*

    Bill Martin, philosopher
    Bill Martinez, attorney, producer (Audioslave concert in Cuba)
    Luis Matos, union organizer, 1199
    Father Matthius, Pastor, St. Pius V, Chicago
    Malachy McCourt, actor & author
    US Rep. Cynthia McKinney
    Peter McLaren
    , UCLA Prof.
    Ellen McLaughlin, actress & playwright
    Camilo Majia, conscientious objector
    Rosie Mendez, New York City Council
    Dave Meserve, Arcata, CA City Council member
    Allen Michaan, owner, Grand Lake Theater, Oakland, CA
    Carol Migden, CA State Senator
    Carly Miller, Clothing of the American Mind
    Mark Crispin Miller
    Millions More Movement
    , Pittsburg/Antioch CA org.
    Ross Markarimi
    Bill Mitchell
    , co-founder of Gold Star Families for Peace*
    Leon Mobley, musician
    Alderman Joe Moore, Chicago's City Council
    Tom Morello, Audioslave
    Tracie Morris, poet
    Viggo Mortensen
    Andrew Mu-ana
    , Images Sal-n, East LA
    Roger Mumford, Forefront Homes LLC
    Andrew Munana, Images Salon
    Steve Murphy, editor of Tales of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    Cecil Murray, retired Minister First AME Church, LA
    Craig Murray, former UK Ambassador to Uzbekistan
    National Lawyers Guild, National Office
    Amando Navarro, Chair of Ethnic Studies, UC Riverside
    Network in Solidarity with the People of the Philippines
    Bill Nevins
    Northwestern College Feminists
    Not In Our Name
    Mike and Julie Nussbaum
    Susan Nussbaum
    Efia Nwangaza
    , national co-chair, Jericho Movement
    Brian O'Leary, PhD, author, former astronaut
    Bertell Ollman, prof., Dept. of Politics, NYU
    R. Tomas Olmos, Pres., Mexican-American BA Found., LA County
    Barbara Olshansky, Center for Constitutional Rights
    E. Rendel Osburn, Southern Christian Leadership Foundation
    Outernational
    Chris Owens
    , Congressional candidate
    US Rep. Major Owens
    Ozomatli
    Jose Padilla
    , exec. Dir., CA Rural Legal Assistance*
    Christina Page, author of How The Pro-Choice Movement Saved America
    Grace Paley, writer
    Patrick Henry Democratic Club
    Harvey Pekar
    , American Splendor cartoonist
    Sean Penn

    Moisés Peréz, Executive Director, Alianza Dominicana, New York*
    Bill Perkins, New York City Council
    Rosalind Petchesky, author, Abortion and a Woman's Choice
    Peter Phillips, Project Censored, Soc. Dept. Sonoma State Univ.
    Jeremy Pikser, screenwriter, Bulworth
    Harold Pinter
    Sterling Plumpp
    , poet
    Port Townsend Peace Movement
    Kevin Powell
    , writer
    Progressive Democrats of America
    Francine Prose
    , novelist
    Puerto Rican Nationalist Party - New York Branch
    Queers for Economic Justice
    Jerry Quickley
    , poet & playwright
    Malik Rahim, New Orleans Community Organizer
    Victor Toro Ramirez, activista en el Sur del Bronx
    Michael Ratner, Center for Constitutional Rights*
    Reach Hip Hop Coalition
    Raghava Reddy
    , stem cell biologist, filmmaker
    Maggie Renzi, filmmaker, producer
    Eric Resnick, Gay Peopl's Chronicle* reporter
    Allan Rich, screenwriter & actor
    Walter Riley, lawyer
    Boots Riley, The Coup
    Scott Ritter, former UN weapons inspector
    Dennis Rivera
    Rhadames Rivera
    , 1199 SEIU Vice President
    Stephen F. Rhode, Attorney
    Joshua Rosenblum, Composer, Dir. of Bush is Bad
    Mark Ruffalo, actor
    US Rep. Bobby Rush
    Douglas Rushkoff
    , author
    Stafan Sagmeister, graphic designer
    Kalamu Salaam, Listen to the People
    Angelica Salas, exec. dir. CHIRLA
    JD Samson, Le Tigre
    San Francisco Bay View Newspaper
    Sonia Sanchez
    , poet
    Rev. Henry Sanders, Fountain of Life Missionary Baptist Church
    Sapphire, poet & writer
    Susan Sarandon
    John Sayles
    , filmmaker
    James Schamus
    Sheley Secrest
    , attorney, Pres. of NAACP Seattle-King County
    Rinku Sen
    , Colorlines*
    Rafael Sencion, Sec. Gen., Congreso Nacional Dominicano
    Richard Serra, sculptor
    Stephen Shapiro, professor
    Rev. Al Sharpton
    Lou Shaw
    , writer, creator of Quincy MD
    Cindy Sheehan, Gold Star Families for Peace
    Martin Sheen
    Stanley Sheinbaum
    , economist
    Michael Steven Smith, writer, lawyer, & radio host
    Gary Soto, children's book author
    Nancy Spero, artist
    Dona Spring, Berkeley City Council member
    Gloria Steinem
    Lynne Stewart
    , attorney
    Jed Stone, attorney
    Fernando Suarez del Solar, Guerrera Azteca Project, father of US marine killed in Iraq war
    Malcolm Suber, People's Hurricane Relief Fund
    David Swanson, After Downing Street
    Serj Tankian
    Jonathan Tasini
    Mark Lewis Taylor
    , Princeton Theological Seminary
    Sunsara Taylor, Revolution newspaper
    Studs Terkel
    Juan Torres
    Marrianne Torres
    , Peace & Justice Action League, Spokane*
    Dwight Trible, jazz vocalist
    Mark Trumeo
    George Tuttle & Ben Cushman
    , grapegrowers
    Gore Vidal
    Kurt Vonnegut
    Mike Vorndran
    , pres. of Stonewall Young Democrats
    Alice Walker
    Naomi Wallace
    US Rep. Maxine Waters
    Wavy Gravy
    Leonard Weinglass
    , attorney
    Rev. Dave Weissbard, Unitarian Universalist Church, Rockford, IL
    Timberlake Werternbaker, playwright
    Cornel West
    Rev. Phil Wheaton, Co-pastor, Community of Christ, Wash. DC
    Susan Wicklund, abortion provider
    Joan Wile, Dir. of Grandmothers Against War
    Saul Williams, poet
    Standish E. Willis, Nat. Conf. of Black Lawyers
    S. Brian Wilson, Veterans for Peace
    Krzysztof Wodiczko, artist
    Ann Wright, former US diplomat
    Daphne Wysham, Institute for Policy Studies
    Peter Yarrow
    Leeland Y. Yee
    , Speaker pro Tem, CA State Assembly
    Juanita Young, October 22nd Coalition*
    David Zeiger, filmmaker, Sir, No Sir!
    Zephyr, graffiti artist & writer
    Robert Zevin, Robert Brooke Zevin Associates, Inc.
    Howard Zinn
    Dave Zirin, What's My Name, Fool? Sports & Resistance in the US

    and thousands more..

    *Affiliation for identification purposes only 

     

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  • Sunsara Taylor
     Sunsara Taylor is a writer for Revolution Newspaper and sits on the Advisory Board of The World Can't Wait - Drive Out the Bush Regime. She has appeared on/in The New York Times, The O'Reilly Factor, CNN's Showbiz Tonight, Fox's Hannity & Colmes, Fox & Friends, the Alan Colmes Radio Show, and her writing has appeared in Revolution (revcom.us), TruthDig.com, TruthOut.org, CounterPunch.org, OnlineJournal.com, OpEdNews.com, SmirkingChimp.com, and numerous blogs.
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World Can't Wait mobilizes people living in the United States to stand up and stop war on the world, repression and torture carried out by the US government. We take action, regardless of which political party holds power, to expose the crimes of our government, from war crimes to systematic mass incarceration, and to put humanity and the planet first.