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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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Killing the Golden Goose: A Look at The Iraq Study Group Report

January 17, 2007

The situation in Iraq is grave and deteriorating. With these terse yet understated words the Iraq Study Group begins its Report. The Group is a ten-person consensus committee headed by former Congressman Lee H. Hamilton and former Secretary of State James A. Baker III. Its Report was released to the world on December 6.

The Report is a quick read — its 79 recommendations are introduced and presented in about 100 pages. If Mr. Bush were to read it, he’d find little new information about Iraq. Rather he would find a counter-assessment of the war — one he wouldn’t hear from the yes men and chickenhawks and ideologues with whom he surrounds himself. The Report would reveal the thinking and anxieties of the U.S. foreign policy establishment. It would reflect their disenchantment with the President’s Iraq “strategy.”

War Crimes Report Translated And Published In Arabic

January 17, 2007

“U.S. War Crimes in Iraq and Mechanisms for Accountability” - published on October 11, 2006 by ten organizations concurrently, has now been translated into Arabic. The report is now fully accessible by Iraqis and other Arabic speakers in the Middle East.

What It Means to "Never Forget"

By Rob Mulford
Veterans for Peace in Fairbanks, Alaska
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, January 6, 2007

“Never Forget,” the Daily News Miner headline urged in its Mission Iraq Special Edition of Dec. 13. The lead article described memorial services that were held at the Carlson Center and at Fort Wainwright where a Wall of Honor was dedicated in memory of the courageous 172nd Stryker Brigade soldiers who had fallen in Iraq.

"We Have Tasted War"

January 12, 2007

In January of 2003, shortly before the U.S. bombed and invaded Iraq, I asked a dear friend, Umm Heyder, to tell me how she was feeling. “It is very hard,” she said, “when all you can do is to sit and to wait for your city to be bombed. And, you see,” she continued, “we have tasted war before.”

I’m in Amman, Jordan now, waiting for Umm Heyder to come here with her seventeen year old daughter, whom we hope will be admitted to an Amman hospital for very serious medical care.

The War Widens?

January 10, 2007

Did President Bush this evening just signal that the U.S. is preparing to expand the war in the Middle East to include Syria and Iran?

While the Iraq Study Group advocated diplomatic engagement with Iran and Syria, President Bush is evidently continuing to walk down the road of military engagement.

The elements are falling into place for an expansion of the war:

Refugee Dreams

January 10, 2007

Sr. Rose Leo, the principal of the grade school I attended, was also a talented musician who could have had a career as an opera singer. Three days a week, after school, our girl’s chorus assembled for practice, singing musical exercises until Sr. Rose Leo swept into the room. Then she would distribute sheet music for unusual pieces, dramatic and emotional songs rarely heard beyond our rehearsal room. We were enthralled by the sheer beauty of her voice, no matter what music she chose.

One year, Sr. Rose Leo taught us a musical rendition of Emma Lazarus’s lines inscribed on the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shores. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

My voice quavered and sometimes cracked as the soprano section surged toward the highest notes in this piece. Sr. Rose Leo kindly instructed me to lip sync. But nothing fettered my idealism. I was swollen with happiness because I lived in the land that welcomed and cared for these huddled masses.

Growing up in the U.S. has meant coming to grips with realities about America that don’t square with patriotic childhood fervor. Today, we must hope that U.S. grown-ups refuse to be treated like big children as they listen to President Bush’s latest speech about Iraq.

Challenge to the Supreme Court: Can the U.S. Kill Iraqi Children Legally?

January 5, 2007

By Bert Sacks

Bert Sacks has visited Iraq 9 times since 1996. Below are two recent op-eds by Bert.

“Imagine if a U.S. cruise missile were to land on a kindergarten and kill 165 children. Imagine now that it was launched knowing it would hit that kindergarten, and further, that one of these missiles was launched at a different kindergarten every day for a month. That’s 5,000 children.

“To kill that many children as a matter of state policy would be unspeakable. The American commander in chief would be condemned as a barbarian. And yet, that is what the economic embargo of Iraq has done.”

For ten years I have wanted to ask one very basic question: Not were the sanctions barbaric. But were the sanctions legal?

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