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Voices for Creative Nonviolence has deep, long-standing roots in active nonviolent resistance to U.S. war-making. Begun in the summer of 2005, Voices draws upon the experiences of those who challenged the brutal economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. and U.N. against the Iraqi people between 1990 and 2003. More about Voices

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Kabul on a Key Meter


by Ewa Jasiewicz

I’ve been in Kabul a week now, living in the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteer (APV) house on the border of District 3. The area is a mish-mash of wealthy mirror-windowed mansions fronted by surly gun-on-the-lap security guards, crumbling mudhuts, open sewers, children in ragged clothes warming themselves on burning rubbish, a fake McDonalds and Subway with directly lifted logos, and Kabul’s sole waterpark, for men only and 500 Afghanis a dip.

For Whom the Bell Tolls

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This month, from Atlanta, GA, the King Center announced its “Choose Nonviolence” campaign, a call on people to incorporate the symbolism of bell-ringing into their Martin Luther King Holiday observance, as a means of showing their commitment to Dr. King’s value of nonviolence in resolving terrible issues of inequality, discrimination and poverty here at home. The call was heard in Kabul, Afghanistan.

On the same day they learned of the King Center’s call, the young members of the Afghan Peace Volunteers, in a home I was sharing with them in Kabul, were grieving the fresh news of seven Afghan children and their mother, killed in the night during a U.S. aerial attack - part of a battle in the Siahgird district of the Parwan province. The outrage, grief, loss and pain felt in Siahgird were echoed, horribly, in other parts of Afghanistan during a very violent week.

Chicago Activists Mark Guantanamo’s 12th Anniversary

The original of this article appeared on Progress Illinois.

On the eve of the 12th anniversary since the first detainees arrived at the U.S. detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, activists in Chicago demanded that the federal government close the facility and end indefinite detentions.

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About 40 organizers with the Chicago Coalition to Shut Down Guantanamo took part in the demonstration, which was held outside of the Everett M. Dirksen U.S. Courthouse Friday evening. It was one among many national and international protests held over the weekend to urge President Barack Obama to keep his 2008 pledge to shut down Guantanamo, which took in its first prisoners on January 11, 2002.

Activists Occupy National Museum of American History

Vowing to “Make Guantanamo History,” human rights advocates from around the country marked the beginning of the thirteenth year of torture and indefinite detention at the prison camp with a dramatic protest at the National Museum of American History. 150 activists occupied the atrium of the crowded museum for more than two hours, speaking out against torture and calling for Guantanamo to close.

Iran Sanctions: Senators May Be Key to 'Veto-Proof' Vote

by Jason Ditz January 10, 2014

59 Senators are now down as “yes” votes for the Iran sanctions bill, which would effectively end diplomacy with the nation and which President Obama has warned is an effective push for war with Iran.

That’s enough to ensure the vote passing, but with President Obama vowing a veto, it is the “undecided” members of the Senate that are really important now, as they represent the potential veto override votes.

U.S. Forces Shoot Dead 4-Year-Old Afghan Boy

Date: January 8, 2014

Location: Greshk District, Helmand Province

Circumstances: U.S. forces have accidentally shot dead a 4-year-old boy. A spokesman for the governor of Helmand Province, Omar Zwak, said on January 10 that U.S. Marines mistakenly shot the boy because visibility was poor.

NATO/ISAF Response/Acknowledgement: Reuters quotes a spokesman for the NATO-led force in Afghanistan as saying the matter would be investigated and that all possible measures are taken to avoid civilian casualties.

http://www.rferl.org/content/afghanistan-us-forces-child-killed/25225961.html?utmsource=Sailthru&utmmedium=email&utmterm=*AfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utmcampaign=South%20Asia%20Daily%20Brief%3A%201-10-14

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