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When Kathy Went to Jail

by Gary Corseri

(and everyone else for that matter!).(and everyone else for that matter!). When Kathy Kelly went to jail,
the land of the free, home of the brave
bent out of shape over deflated footballs;
O’Reilly railed at one of his guests
who dared to suggest that “American Sniper”
was not a really, really good show;
“black ice” blanketed Texas to New England
as 16-wheelers careened and caromed,
haphazardly killing all the way home.

Machines of War

by Eric Vincent

When many of us think of robotic warfare, we imagine Skynet from The Terminator or the machines from The Matrix. While these films may have been the mere dreams of science fiction authors, our future may be headed in that very direction. Military drones have become a widely used tool in the Global War on Terrorism and the U.S. War in Afghanistan in particular. General Atomics, the major manufacturer of armed drones in the U.S., “has produced some 700 aircraft to date” and production continues each month (“Predator/Gray Eagle”). Although the use of drones has been marketed to the public as a surgical method of eliminating high-threat targets with minimal risk to friendly troops and civilians, the reality is drastically different. During the Obama administration, “attempts to kill 41 men [by drone strikes] resulted in the deaths of an estimated 1,147 people” and many of these collateral deaths were women and children (Ackerman).

Learning from _American Sniper_

American Sniper is a racist, militaristic movie. But it has much to teach us if we want to build a successful antiwar movement.















Peace Activists Encourage Alabamians to Join a Protest

By Kay Campbell, writer for AL.com

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Want to feel less discouraged about the disarray and violence in the world? Then join a protest movement, say Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, and Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink, a pro-peace group originally organized by mothers against war.

Kathy and Medea: photo by Kay CampbellKathy and Medea: photo by Kay Campbell

Poet-Journalists and Central Questions

Where Days Are Stones: Afghanistan and Gaza PoemsWhere Days Are Stones: Afghanistan and Gaza Poems

By Gary Steven Corseri

I have pondered lately about the world’s need for poet-journalists. (The hyphen is key here.) There are many great journalists who venture into terra incognita in order to tell the true stories of the victims of war, violence, poverty, ignorance, disease. Some of them, placing themselves “in the line of fire,” have been “killed in action,”– sometimes by “friendly fire”– while “just doing their jobs.” And, there are poets and artists in America who eschew the ease and comforts of an academic position– the foundation grants, the sinecures– because they are driven to sing their unique songs while they live– come hell or high water! (“There is some $#@& I will not eat!” wrote e.e. cummings).

Pakistan Witness on Trial in DeWitt for Drone Resistance

On April 28, 2013, Ms. Mahoney was arrested when she joined 27 others in a die-in outside the front gate of Hancock Air Base, to protest their piloting of Reaper drones. Six months earlier Ms. Mahoney had traveled Pakistan to meet with families of drone victims. She stated:

“I was ashamed to say I live in a country that participates in terrorizing and killing of innocent people; where the killing of children is viewed as collateral damage.”

Formal End of Afghanistan War Not Really the End

Once the video loads, the interview with Kathy Kelly begins at the first bubble (around 13:30).

Drone Wars in Afghanistan

by Mary Dobbing

Peace Centre Seminar: photo from VCNV UKPeace Centre Seminar: photo from VCNV UK

Javid asked: “Do you think Afghanistan is singled out as a playground for other countries to wage war in? Were we singled out?”

Jennifer Gibson (Reprieve) said that Afghanistan is a country where wars can be waged without any accountability. ISAF, with UN’s permission, have been carrying out this long war without any accountability. What worries Jennifer is that unaccountable war has happened in Afghanistan for thirteen years and is now being exported. This lack of accountability is now being exported to Iraq and Syria.

First Impressions

by Henrietta Cullinan

…after a good sleep, the bright yellow light streaming across the carpeted floor, I soon grow accustomed to our inside life. In the day I pick up sound cues, the neighbour’s ringtone, the neighbour’s children. I can hear the thud of a football against the wall and scuffling feet in sandals. I distinguish the street cries from the muezzin. The silent gap between our garden wall and the next building is the Kabul river bed…

Street Kids Update

by Maya Evans

Tutoring program for street kids: photo by Maya EvansTutoring program for street kids: photo by Maya Evans

…the last year at the border free centre is her first experience of education; she says learning is important to her, and when she’s older she’d like to become a teacher and help people. I want to know more about Gul Jamma, but can sense a deep sadness which I feel is not my place to disturb. I ask her about toys, her only doll. She says her doll has black hair and wears a scarf but doesn’t help with housework…

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