Tuesday, June 3, 2014 So Obama Really Can Close Gitmo (2 comments)
If Obama is willing to take the risk with these "high-risk" prisoners, and if he really wants to close Guantanamo as he has claimed many times, why hasn't he been using his authority all along to release the 77 prisoners already cleared for release?
Thursday, May 15, 2014 Drone Lawyer: Kill a 16-Year-Old, Get a Promotion (2 comments)
During his stint as a lawyer at the Department of Justice, David Barron was able to manipulate constitutional law so as to legally justify killing American citizens with drone strikes. Now the Obama Administration wants to appoint the lawyer who wrote that legal memos to become a high-ranking judge for life.
Thursday, May 15, 2014 10 Reasons to Love Uruguay's President Jose Mujica (3 comments)
Jose Mujica, President of Uruguay, a 78-year-old former Marxist guerrilla who spent 14 years in prison, mostly in solitary confinement, recently visited the USA. He lectured a roomful of businessmen at the US Chamber of Commerce about the benefits of redistributing wealth and raising workers' salaries. He told students at American University that there are no "just wars."
It's hard not to love the guy.
Saturday, May 10, 2014 Crusader for the Right to Peace
Sometimes it just takes one person with a creative mind to shake up the entire legal system. In the case of Costa Rica, that person is Luis Roberto Zamorra Bolaños, who was just a law student when he challenged the legality of his government's support for George Bush's invasion of Iraq. He took the case all the way up to the Costa Rican Supreme Court -- and won.
Monday, April 21, 2014 Behind the Egyptian Junta’s Iron Curtain (3 comments)
After a recent CODEPINK delegation to Egypt ended up in deportations and assault , we have become acutely aware of some of the horrors Egyptians are facing in the aftermath of the July 3 coup that toppled Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi.
Monday, March 24, 2014 Egypt Kangaroo Court Sentences 529 Morsi Supporters to Death
The Egyptian court has just handed down one of the most grotesque sentences in Egyptian history, condemning 529 people to death in one fell swoop. The US State Department said it was "shocked" and that the verdict defies logic.
Thursday, March 13, 2014 Why I Didn’t Make it to Gaza for International Women’s Day (1 comments)
When I boarded the plane to Cairo, Egypt, to make sure everything was in place for the women's delegation headed to Gaza, I had no reason to think I'd end up in a jail cell at the Cairo airport and then violently deported.
Friday, February 28, 2014 Israel Lobby AIPAC Down, But Not Out -- Yet (4 comments)
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is still one of the most powerful lobby organizations in the country, but fortunately, it is starting to lose its iron-clad grip on our policymakers. AIPAC lost the fight to stop Chuck Hagel from being confirmed as Secretary of Defense; it lost the push for the US military to attack Syria, and it is losing its effort to derail nuclear talks with Iran.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 Father of Pakistani Drone Victim Kidnapped by Pakistani State (3 comments)
"Khan has been seeking justice through the Pakistani courts and organizing other drone strike victims. On February 10, he planned to fly to Europe for meetings with German, Dutch and British parliamentarians to discuss the negative impact drones are having on Pakistan. But days before his trip, in the early hours of the morning on February 5, he was kidnapped from his home"
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 No Seat For Syrian Women at the Peace Talks (1 comments)
The talks in Syria began today, with the Syrian government and opposition exchanging accusations and invectives. Missing was the voice of nonviolent civilians, especially women, even through they have been trying for months to have a seat at the table. "When we talk about women at the table, the men see them as the tablecloth,
Friday, December 27, 2013 10 Good Things about the Year 2013 (4 comments)
It would be easy to make a list of 10 bad things--wars, government shut-down, drone attacks, lack of progress on immigrant rights, lousy health-care reform. But it's also been a year of extraordinary activism: whistleblowers, DREAMers, Walmart workers, peacemakers, gay rights advocates, garment workers. As the year ends, let's pay tribute to the good things their efforts have wrought.
Monday, November 11, 2013 Will Jeh Johnson Make the Homeland More Secure?
Jeh Johnson is President Obama's pick to replace outgoing Secretary Janet Napolitano as head of the Department of Homeland Security.
His likely confirmation does not bode well for human rights, or your civil liberties.
Monday, November 4, 2013 Drones have come out of the shadows (1 comments)
At each of the over 200 cities I've traveled to this past year with my book Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control , I ask the audience an easy question: Have they ever seen or heard from drone strike victims in the mainstream US press? Not one hand has ever gone up. This is an obvious indication that the media has failed to do its job of humanizing the civilian casualties that accompany Obama's deadly drone program
Thursday, September 5, 2013 John Kerry sells a war that Americans aren't buying (25 comments)
The clock is ticking, with President Obama and Secretary Kerry frantically selling a war that the American people don't want to buy. If Congress goes ahead and approves military action, they -- unlike their British counterparts -- will fail to represent the people who elected them.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 10 Ways to Reduce the Threat of Terrorist Attacks on Americans (18 comments)
This 10-point plan would significantly reduce terrorist threats, save taxpayers billions of dollars and make Americans more loved and admired in the world. After a decade of wielding the military stick, it's time for some carrots.
Tuesday, July 2, 2013 How You [and President Obama] Can Close Guantanamo Prison (1 comments)
The president has the executive authority to transfer already cleared detainees. We should pressure him to do so. This article includes reporting and a video showing one such action at the Whitehouse, where DIane Wilson, already on a hunger strike, climbed the White House fence.
Thursday, June 20, 2013 For Yemenis, US Refusal to Release Gitmo Prisoners is a National Offense (2 comments)
Mohammad Naji Allaw says, "Over 90 of 166 Guantanamo prisoners are from Yemen. Most of them, 56 to be exact, have already been cleared by the US government for release but the US government still won't send them back."
While our peace delegation was visiting Yemen, Congress passed an amendment saying that no US military funds could be used to transfer prisoners from Guantanamo back to Yemen.
Thursday, June 20, 2013 US Refusal to Release Gitmo Prisoners Is a National Offense for Yemenis (1 comments)
Their sons, husbands, fathers and brothers are simply pawns in the US game of politics where one party is always trying to "out hawk" the other, where concern about winning the next election far eclipses any respect for the rights of the prisoners. Most Americans have become so consumed by fear after 9/11 that they think that holding these prisoners in Guantanamo indefinitely somehow makes them safer.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013 Leaving Truth outside the Court House at Bradley Manning's Trial (2 comments)
This epic trial is being held in a tiny courtroom that only fits a total of 50 people. Only 16 spaces were allocated to the public; the rest had to go to an overflow theater that seated about 100, or a trailer next to the courtroom with room for 35. Manning's trial is the most stark example of the Obama administration's relentless stance against whistleblowers.
Saturday, May 25, 2013 Why I Spoke Out at Obama's Foreign Policy Speech (15 comments)
The bulk of the president's speech was devoted to justifying drone strikes. I was shocked when the President claimed that his administration did everything it could to capture suspects instead of killing them. That is just not true. Obama's reliance on drones is precisely because he did not want to be bothered with capturing suspects and bringing them to trial.
Monday, March 25, 2013 Finally, the Backlash Against Drones Takes Flight (2 comments)
and Paul's marathon 13-hour filibuster was not the end of the conversation on drones. Suddenly, drones are everywhere, and so is the backlash. Efforts to counter drones at home and abroad are growing in the courts, at places of worship, outside air force bases, inside the UN, at state legislatures, inside Congress--and having an effect on policy.
Thursday, March 7, 2013 Rand Paul's Message to Obama: Don't Drone Me Bro (1 comments)
While progressives have all sorts of reasons to dislike Rand Paul's Tea Party, small government libertarian views, killer drones is one issue on which progressives should make common cause with Paul and his growing legions of supporters. After all, it's not about the messenger but the message.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 10 Questions to Ask John Brennan at his CIA Confirmation Hearing
We look forward to hearing the Senators question Brennan about the legal justifications used by the Obama administration to kill three Americans in Yemen, as we are deeply concerned about their deaths and the precedent it sets for the rights of US citizens.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013 John Brennan vs. a Sixteen-Year-Old (2 comments)
If Obama thinks John Brennan is a good choice to head the CIA and secure America, he should contemplate the tragic deaths of victims like 16-year-old Tariq Aziz, and think again.
Monday, December 31, 2012 Ten of My Favorite Things about 2012 (1 comments)
Happy thoughts from Code Pink about some US and global issues that experienced new found gains in 2012 that works as a precursor for a progressive 2013 agenda.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 Israel's Lesson to Palestinians: Build More Rockets? (1 comments)
If the Israeli government was trying to teach the Palestinians a lesson with this latest pummeling, the unfortunate lesson many learned was that the only way to deal with Israel is through firepower. Some believed the Israelis backed down because Palestinian rockets had reached into the heart of Israel.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 Egyptians Stand Up to President's Power Grab (1 comments)
Ramah Casers is an Egyptian mother and graphic designer who lives in Cairo. Ramah told me. "I didn't think any of the mobilizations called during the last two years were that critical. But for this one, I had to be here. This is about the life or death of our revolution."
Sunday, November 25, 2012 Ground the Drones (17 comments)
Drone attacks are out of control, killing thousands, many of them civilians, in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, creating widespread anti-American sentiment and setting a dangerous precedent that will come back to haunt us. Anti-drone actions have sprung up all over the United States at Air Force bases where the drones are piloted, at the headquarters of drone makers, at the CIA and in Congressional offices.
Monday, November 5, 2012 A Chat With Counterterrorism Chief John Brennan (5 comments)
Having recently returned from Pakistan meeting with drone victims, on November 4, discussion turned to John Brennan, Obama's counterterrorism chief and the key person making decisions about drone strikes. We wondered if Brennan ever had a chance to meet innocent drone victims, as we did, and feel their pain.
"Maybe we should go to his house and talk to him,"
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 Americans Take Anti-Drone Stance Directly to Pakistan (3 comments)
Pakistanis have been asking us questions. "Why do the American people support these barbaric and cowardly drone attacks?" "How would you like it if foreigners flew death machines into your airspace, murdering innocent men, women and children?" "Don't you know that these attacks are counterproductive, driving locals into the hands of extremist groups out of a desire for revenge?"
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 Colin Powell: Another War Criminal Cashes In (5 comments)
If Powell's sorry about violating the Geneva Conventions and killing innocent people, he's never said so. But he has tried to explain his thinking. "I had been conditioned to believe in the wisdom of my superiors, and to obey," Powell wrote. "I had no qualms about what we were doing."
Tuesday, May 1, 2012 Why I Interrupted Obama Counterterrorism Adviser John Brennan (18 comments)
No one who helped Obama get elected understood we were working for an assassin. Since 2004, the U.S. has killed between 2,500-3,000 people in Pakistan. Of those, between 479 and 811 were civilians, 174 of them children. Drones did most if not all of this. How many others have been killed by the 18 intelligence agencies we now have? How many have military Special Ops teams killed? Why do Americans accept this evil?
Monday, April 9, 2012 Obama Administration Silencing Pakistani Drone-Strike Lawyer (1 comments)
an attorney who has advocated for victims of drone strikes in Pakistan is being treated as a pariah, having his visa application refused. This is preventing him from speaking at the Drone Summit conference.
Monday, March 12, 2012 Busted for Busting Out at Bank of America (3 comments)
"Stripping Protestors In Pink Bras Crashed Bank Of America CEO Brian Moynihan's Speech," declared Business Insider on March 8, showing Moynihan's stern photo with a pink bra playfully dangling in the air beside him.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 10 Reasons Why the Israel Lobby AIPAC is So Dangerous (14 comments)
AIPAC, a de facto agent for a foreign government, has influence on US policy out of all proportion to the number of Americans who support its policies. From stopping a catastrophic war with Iran to finally solving the Israel/Palestine conflict, an essential starting point is breaking AIPAC's grip on U.S. policy.