From the DePaulia
Sept. 30, 2015
A coalition of students, faculty and human rights groups called for Dean Gerald Koocher’s removal as dean of the College of Science and Health at a press conference Thursday morning over his alleged role in the American Psychological Association’s (APA) collusion with the Department of Defense in crafting interrogation guidelines that allowed for torture to take place during the Bush Administration.
The coalition, calling themselves Vincentians Against Torture, spoke for around 30 minutes in front of about 25 supporters outside the Lincoln Park Student Center. This is the latest in a series of developments following the release of the 543-page Hoffman Report, which details APA’s collusion with DoD.
Speakers included DePaul emeritus professor M. Cherif Bassiouni, who helped found the College of Law’s International Human Rights Law Institute, as well as Northwestern professor Frank Summers, who was past president of the Division of Psychoanalysis in the APA.
Representatives from human rights organizations like World Can’t Wait and Voices for Creative Non-Violence as well as someone who represents tortured prisoners were also present.
Peace Activists Also Tied Migrant Crisis to U.S. Global Wars
MARYSVILLE/BEALE AFB – Nine anti-drone protestors were arrested here early Tuesday morning at the gates to Beale Air Force Base… those arrested were from Redding to Sacramento, Stockton, Bay Area to Nevada City and were released with pending federal court appearances…
Crossing the line at Beale AFB
…A giant cardboard boat was used to show solidarity with refugees fleeing war, and also signs with images of people drowning, gasping for air, calling out: “I CAN’T BREATHE!!!”
The protests was a solidarity action for global refugees. Activists publicly read tragic stories of refugees fleeing war in Syria, Yemen, Libya. They were arrested while demonstrating the urgency for a reverse in U.S. policy, calling for diplomacy, humanitarian aid, and money for human needs to solve conflicts.
by Jason Rawn
Gangjeong and Jeju are at a crucial point. With the naval base - almost everyone I’ve met calls it a US base - nearing completion and slated to open in December, everyone’s wondering, What’s Next? To answer that question in part, I’ll tell you that the St. Francis Peace Center just opened here, with 700 people in attendance. The Jesuits are also nearing completion of their own facility, indicating that the Catholics are prepared for long-term, committed resistance to further militarization of this “Peace Island” as it was once known and could be known again.
This article originally appeared on openDemocracy
Although I was oblivious, in those days war clouds were gathering over Vietnam. I’m not sure why, but I signed up for the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) for college students, a program operating on many U.S. campuses. Around six weeks into my freshman year, we cadets gathered on the football field for bayonet training. There, for 40 or 50 minutes, we lunged at the air with imaginary weapons. With each lunge, we screamed, ‘Kill! Kill!’
At some moment in time I was gobsmacked by the absurdity of it all—struck by the contradiction between this exercise in the de-sensitization and normalization of murder, and the so-called Christian schooling I thought I had chosen. The next morning I told the ROTC commander that I was resigning. “You can’t resign, Kinane, he sputtered. “You’re fired!”
Members of the upstate Drone Action Coalition outside the Hancock Air Force base, New York: Ed Kinane is on the far left. Photo Credit: Upstate Drone Action
In the first part of September, we mailed a letter to Ryan asking for a meeting on September 22 to discuss the issues of war, poverty, and the climate crisis. With a copy of that letter in hand we approached his office and noticed the sign outside the door said, “Welcome. Come In.” This was a metal sign permanently attached on the wall beside the door of every congressperson in the building. However, taped to the door was a temporary sign that read, “Entry restricted to those with an appointment.” We tried to open the door, but it was locked.
We were shocked that the door was locked. Ellen Taylor, a member of Code Pink who has been visiting members of Congress for years, said that this was the first time she had ever been locked out of a congressional office. We had posted information about going to Ryan’s office on a number of websites and so they knew we were coming, and obviously they were not interested in meeting with us.
(based on Max Obuszewski’s summary, Sept. 23, 2015)
Just prior to the historic visit of Pope Francis, NCNR activists gathered on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House. Amidst heavy security, speakers raised issues about Islamophobia, nuclear weaponry, extraction and consumption of fossil fuels, global inequality, corporate control of governments, climate chaos, killer drone strikes and other abusive actions in which the U.S. government is complicit. During the White House rally some twenty-five of the citizen activists went to the visitor’s entrance to the White House to seek a meeting. After their request for a meeting was rebuffed, many of them sat down in solidarity with the world’s suffering. While sitting there, they noticed many people, including members of the media, did get through to the White House. Since people were entering through this gate, some of the activists got in line. Again they were rebuffed, and eventually fifteen of them were arrested.
by Dr Hakim
21st September 2015
16 years ago, a Talib (literally translated, a student) shot and killed Zarghuna’s father.
Zarghuna and her family were frantically fleeing a desperate situation. The same holds true for more than 60 million refugees in today’s ‘progressive’ world.
If you’re like me, you may think, “Oh, how messy is Zarghuna’s part of the world.”
“How terrible are the Taliban!”, and perhaps even, “We should imprison or eliminate them.”
But, Zarghuna thinks differently…
Afghan kids serving food: at the Borderfree Center in Kabul