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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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Update From Cathy Breen in Jordan

February 8th, 2007

Dear Friends,

Yesterday I felt so much outrage, rage at what is now being referred to here as “the ‘G’ nightmare.” Iraqis are being told they must return to Baghdad to get the new “G” passport. It is now required by the U.S. and British embassies. One older couple who has loved ones in the states has been waiting in Amman for almost a year now. Recently they received the good news that their visa has finally been approved! In the same breath, they were advised that the passports they hold are no longer valid. The Iraq embassy in Amman is not issuing the new passports; they can only be gotten in Baghdad. I find this impossible to grasp.

Constituents Beware: Senator Durbin's Closed-Door Policy in Chicago

By Erin Cox and Ron Durham
February 13, 2007

On February 5, the Occupation Project, a sustained campaign of nonviolent civil disobedience to stop the Iraq war, began in Chicago. Eight activists were forcibly removed from the Chicago offices of Senators Durbin and Obama when they demanded the Senators vote against future war funding. On Monday, February 12, one week after being arrested for civil disobedience, three of the eight activists returned to Senator Durbin’s office. In returning, we hoped to demonstrate our commitment to the issue in Iraq with our consistent presence and determination to share our concerns with the Senator. We also felt it important to reconnect with the staff in order to recognize our common humanity in peaceful efforts to bring awareness, express ideas, and share concerns. We had no intentions of disrupting business in the office.

Each one of us had previously visited the office of Senator Durbin multiple times in groups or as individuals. Each time we had come to visit the office, which is open to and paid for by the public, the door had been open so that constituents could freely enter. This time however, we came upon a closed, locked door. On the outside of the glass door there was a sign that read “Meeting by appointment only.”

Occupation Project: A Valentine for Illinois Senators Durbin & Obama

By Scott Blackburn
Feb 13 2007, 2:40PM — Updated 7:40PM

A full set of photos follows the report.

“Let’s be the generation that stops funding war in Iraq, NOW!”

Chicago, IL - On Tuesday, February 13 at 10AM a blizzard continued to cover the city as a group of concerned Illinois constituents attempted to visit with the office staff of both Sen. Obama and Durbin to continue to urge the senators to publicly pledge to vote against any additional war funding.

As the participants of the Occupation Project met with press outside the Kluczynski Federal Building a federal officer arrived on the scene within a minute. The negotiations began.

The Latest Occupation: Activists Nationwide Confront Congresspeople about Military Funding on Their Own Ground

Maya Schenwar
Common Dreams
10 February 2007

In protest of the war and occupation in Iraq, peace activists across the country commenced an occupation of their own on Monday, February 5. The action, called the Occupation Project, will consist of at least eight weeks of nonviolent civil disobedience, in which protestors occupy their congressional representatives’ offices, urging them to vote against continued funding of the Iraq War. Specifically, Occupation Project participants are calling for politicians to pledge to vote against the 2007 Supplementary Spending Bill, which allocates an additional $100 billion for military escalation in Iraq. The campaign is being organized by the Chicago-based anti-war organization Voices for Creative Nonviolence (VCNV), and is backed by many other prominent groups, including CODEPINK, United for Peace and Justice and Veterans for Peace.

IED LIES by Milan Rai

A Justice Not Vengeance Note
By Milan Rai
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The US claims that Iran supplies Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDS) to Iraqi insurgents.
No serious evidence has been provided.

12 February 2007

SUMMARY

On Sunday 11 February, anonymous US officials presented roadside bombs, and components and fragments of bombs, and other weapons used by Iraqi insurgents, claiming that they had been manufactured in Iran and smuggled into Iraq on the orders of the highest levels of the Iranian Government. The language used by US d Secretary Robert Gates, and by the briefers themselves, however, was tentative rather than conclusive. Dramatic ‘evidence’ that had been promised failed to materialize.

Claims that the serial numbers and quality of machining of weapons and components could only have originated in Iran were not substantiated with any detail. No evidence was produced that the weapons and components had come via government channels rather than through criminal markets or informal and irregular contacts with Iranian military units. The Iraqi party and militia closest to Iran has actually been recognized for its support for the US occupation. One previous claims as to the Iranian provenance of insurgent technology actually traces back to the IRA, who apparently acquired the bomb-triggering capability with the knowledge and facilitation of the British Government. Curiously, none of the British national ‘quality’ dailies reports the admission of one of the US briefers that there was ‘no “smoking gun” linking Tehran and Iraqi militants’.

The State Department's Rosy Deception on Iraq Refugees

Noah Merrill
Electronic Iraq
February 9, 2007

Noah Merrill is in Amman researching the refugee problem. For more on Iraqi refugees, see his report on a press conference held earlier this week by UN High Commissioner on Refugees Antonio Guterres. For a more intimate look at the problem, see David Smith-Ferri’s recent eIraq op-ed.

A press release by the State Department dated February 6 describes the creation of a new task force on Iraqi refugees created by Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.

In a friendly sort of way, this piece highlights the good intentions of the US government, describing new steps to be taken, from “emergency cash assistance” to counseling by social workers to “small infrastructure projects” to aid provided to “education and vocational training.” The message from the State Department paints a picture that is filled with the positivity of good works being carried out in the name of America.

From Jordan the view is different. Here, close to a million Iraqis, forced to flee violence in their neighborhoods and throughout their country, try to keep a low profile and scratch out an existence in a climate that is neither welcoming nor supportive. As more and more Iraqis are displaced inside and outside Iraq, the attitudes of host governments are becoming more and more hostile.

Read the full article on electronicIraq.net

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