by Ibrahim Turner
Everywhere I look there are people and groups doing something about the warmongers and the arms manufacturers. Each group needs support, but as far as I can tell, there is no communication or co-operation between these various groups.
There was that group in France who went to the judge to get an indictment against Donald Rumsfeld when he visited Paris, forcing him to duck and dive to get back to the American Embassy.
There is that group of courageous Irishmen from Londonderry who raided the Raytheon corporation’s factory and trashed their main frame computer, because their bombs were used by Israel in Qana, Lebanon. You have all probably seen the pictures that were shown around the world. These people have been charged and are now referred to as the ‘Raytheon 9’. The powers that be first imposed a news blackout on the proceedings and made it illegal to demonstrate outside the court. This has now been lifted, but their case needs support. You can see a video on Palestine Think Tank today with an interview of one of them and also some comments by a member of the antiwar movement in Ireland.
In Spain there was a big story in the newspapers about a study by the University on the photographs of the second plane to hit the twin towers, which caused many people to send letters to the editor for more information, so much so that the Ombudsman had to intervene.
There are many demonstrations all across America, from Code Pink to Winter Soldiers who testified before Congress, people being arrested for occupying Senator’s offices demanding they adhere to the constitution, or calling for impeachment hearings for George Bush and Dick Cheney.
There was the writer Monbiot who tried to make a ‘citizens arrest’ of John Bolton in Hay on Wye when he was on a speaking engagement, frustrated by a couple of ‘security’ men, preventing him from getting near Bolton. Earlier in the week demonstrations and objections to John Bolton speaking in Bristol, which was so successful that there was a statement from the organizers that John Bolton was ‘too busy’ to visit Bristol.
For those of you that do not have friends in foreign lands or language skills, you may have missed the fact that there are massive demonstrations in Poland and Czechoslovakia against the US missile and radar sites, which their Governments have agreed to. And there is a hunger strike going on right now against the deployment of these missiles.