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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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Activists Protesting Armed Drones Arrested at Creech AFBReproduced from the Las Vegas Review-Journal
NDE to Serve Creech AFB with War Crimes IndictmentPress Release from Nevada Desert Experience
We Don't Want You to Swim in the RiverKindness and Solidarity Can Occur Among the Dispossessed
A Rising Number of Children Are Dying from U.S. Explosives Littering Afghan Land"The boys’ families were accustomed to the thundering explosions from military training exercises, which sometimes shattered windows in their village."
#NotABugSplat: Art Installation in Pakistan Puts a Face on Drone VictimsFeatured in Reason Magazine
Talks, Tears Highlight Rally Against DronesWhiteman Air Force Base April 7

Drones Abroad and at Home

“The sky is falling! The sky is falling!” — C. Little

Chicken Little got it wrong. The sky isn’t exactly falling, but it does pose lethal threats. Those threats are near and long term, domestic and international. They entail surveillance and terror. Weaponized unmanned drone aircraft – the Predator, the Reaper, the Global Hawk — have no crew on board. Hence no head, no heart. These drones are amoral robots exquisitely designed to spy and to kill, to maim and to demolish. Out of the blue, their 500-pound bombs and Hellfire missiles strike like lightning bolts.

Love, Half A World Away

Shortly after noon on the day of his funeral, I talked about Ron and his life and death with my friend Ali, one of the young Afghan Peace Volunteers whose hospitality I’ve been enjoying in Kabul this winter. Sensing my sadness, Ali listened intently. When I finally finished, he looked at me and said, “You rest. The rest of the day is free for you.” Within an hour, Ali’s concerns had found their way to the rest of the young men in our small community. Zekerullah came to our shared bedroom and lit a fire. “It’s cold in here,” was all he said. Each one of these unbelievable young men came to the room and shared his condolences for a man he’d never met.

Women’s Liberation at Barefoot College

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Tilonia, India —A few months ago, the Afghan Peace Volunteers began planning to send a small delegation of young women to India as guests of Barefoot College, a renowned initiative that uses village wisdom, local knowledge and practical skills available in the rural areas to improve villagers’ lives.

Two Afghan Girls' Indian Journey to Nonviolence

Read the original blog at Our Journey to Smile.

Torpekai and Zarghuna arrive in Delhi, India: Torpekai is wearing the Borderfree Blue ScarfTorpekai and Zarghuna arrive in Delhi, India: Torpekai is wearing the Borderfree Blue Scarf

Hakim : Torpekai, where have you arrived at?
Torpekai : Delhi.
Hakim : How do you feel?
Torpekai : I feel good.
Hakim : Zarghuna? Was it a good flight?
Zarghuna : Yes, we’ve arrived safely. I feel that every place of the world has a home for human beings.

Refugee Crisis Cripples UNHCR

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The flow of Syrians into Jordan, anywhere from 500,000 to 600,000, has created a crisis. About 100,000 of these are in a camp setting, the rest in other areas. Those in the camp, I was advised from an Iraqi who works there, are mostly farmers, construction workers and people from the countryside, while the merchants and tradespeople are trying to make their living outside of the camp. “Industrious” is how everyone describes Syrians.

Kareem Khan is Free!

Kareem relayed this message: “When I was picked up I thought I would never see my family again, that I would never be free again because of all the stories I have heard about disappeared people. Now that I have been released and have seen the news, the efforts of activists, I know it is because of them that I am free, and I would like to thank them.”

Hancock 17 Released from Jail

Hancock 17 Drone War Crimes Resisters Released from Jail February 14 They say that any penalty the court imposes is trivial compared to the death sentences imposed on drone victims

In a week in which the National Security Administration’s role in the assassinations of drone victims was revealed, Pakistani anti-drone activist Kareem Khan was freed after being abducted from his home, and President Obama is considering a drone strike on yet another U.S. citizen, the twelve sentenced members of the Hancock 17 Drone War Crime Resisters were released from the “Justice” Center Jail in Syracuse, NY on Friday, February 14.

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