Our politicians and generals must be forced to face reality, says Lindsey German, by the anti-war majority in this country demanding the troops come home, in protests which are impossible to ignore.
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When iPhone company Apple has more in the bank than the US federal government, the question is, how does Obama pay for his war in Afghanistan, costing $2bn a week, the occupation of Iraq, the drone warfare in Pakistan and the new war in Libya?
Six Afghanistan judges accuse the US of war crimes, but tell US author David Swanson they still worry about stability if the foreign troops leave, and ask him what he would do in Obama's place.
The same people who tell us that the country can’t afford to pay pensions or provide public services are happy to spend billions of pounds a year on bombing Afghanistan, says Lindsey German.
Still occupying Iraq, engaged in the bombing of Libya, and continuing with the war in Afghanistan, the US and its allies look increasingly bogged down, unable to break the war habit -- and not knowing what to do about it.
A government which claims that we all have to tighten our belts might find it hard to explain why a few of us continue to binge on platinum and gold cards in the name of ‘defence’.
Nato's "humanitarian" war on Libya is predictably killing the people it was supposed to protect. When we're told how well the war is going and how many lives it is saving, remember Afghanistan and Iraq
The UN's "humanitarian intervention" in Libya was immediately used to bomb civilians, introduce arms, employ foreign ground troops, not to mention drone bombings and an assassination attempt.
10 years of shredding the rule of law, hiring mercenary armies, invading helpless unarmed countries, causing the deaths of over a million people, and learning to love torture, all of this warfare did absolutely nothing to locate Osama bin Laden.
The only imaginable reason for vicious sentences imposed on young protesters for minor offences is not to make honest citizens sleep safer in their beds, but rather to deter people from demonstrating.
There is nothing decent or principled about the wars in Afghanistan and Libya: there is only the western desire to keep control and avoid admitting another failure like in Iraq.
The U.S. Declaration of Independence is an indictment of King George III for various abuses of power which, says David Swanson, look similar to abuses of power U.S. presidents engage in today.
The International Criminal Court issues arrest warrant for Gadaffi. His regime is undoubtedly very nasty, says Lindsey German, but he has a long way to go before his crimes can match those of Blair and Bush.
Just as he has obeyed the military on escalations and withdrawals, and obeyed the CIA on refusals to prosecute torture, Obama appears to be doing exactly what he is told once again on his promises for troop withdrawals from Afghanistan.
Brian Haw, world renowned peace activist, has died. His peace camp outside the British parliament was a beacon for anti-war campaigners across the world throughout the ten years of the "war on terror".
Over 300 attended the highly successful conference on ten years of the Afghanistan, to hear speakers from abroad, including Arab Spring activists, students, artists, military family members, historians, and members of Parliament.
The paltry troop withdrawal the US will make in July 2011 is an Orwellian attempt to appear to drawdown the war without actually ending it, writes David Swanson.