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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 in US: Should We Question Who Really Benefits?

Who is making those glowing estimates? What interest might they have in exaggerating them?

Who will get those jobs? How many will be high-tech jobs going to those already comfortably placed to take on new contracts?

Who gets to ride first class on the gravy train? Will that income go to local folks … or will the lion’s share go as profit to CEOs and investors?

Copyright, Truthout.org. Reprinted with permission

Locked in Winter

Kabul—The fire in the Chaman e Babrak camp began in Nadiai’s home shortly after noon. She had rushed her son, who had a severe chest infection, to the hospital. She did not know that a gas bottle, used for warmth, was leaking; when the gas connected with a wood burning stove, flames engulfed the mud hut in which they lived and extended to adjacent homes, swiftly rendering nine extended families homeless and destitute in the midst of already astounding poverty. By the time seven fire trucks had arrived in response to the fire at the refugee camp, the houses were already burned to the ground.

Refugees in the Chaman e Babrak camp stand amid the rubble: photo by Abdulai SafaraliRefugees in the Chaman e Babrak camp stand amid the rubble: photo by Abdulai Safarali

Who Is My Enemy?

In 2002, Najib, about 12 years old, already had the ‘profile’ of what some of us, particularly political and religious elites, may consider the ‘enemy’: orphaned, poor, Afghan, Pashtun, Muslim, and from Kandahar, the supposed heartland of the Taliban.

Najib befriended me on the streets of Quetta, Pakistan, where he collected trash to find bread.

If he was alive today, 23, Fighting-Age Male, he may very well be on Obama’s kill list.

Afghan Street Children Beg for Change

Kathy Kelly with Safar, an Afghan “street child”Kathy Kelly with Safar, an Afghan “street child”

Kabul, Afghanistan is “home” to hundreds of thousands of children who have no home. Many of them live in squalid refugee camps with families that have been displaced by violence and war. Bereft of any income in a city already burdened by high rates of unemployment, families struggle to survive without adequate shelter, clothing, food or fuel. Winter is especially hard for refugee families. Survival sometimes means sending their children to work on the streets, as vendors, where they often become vulnerable to well organized gangs that lure them into drug and other criminal rings.

Kathy Kelly Discusses Afghanistan

(Transcribed by Nicole Heiden)

I think that there are forces, and I don’t know to whom we would best ascribe this, but there are forces within Afghanistan that want to prolong the war, that want to prolong the fighting. They’re making in one way or another a profit that they wouldn’t be able to make without the war, and I think as long as there is a justification being made for keeping United States and NATO troops in Afghanistan then there is a better possibility for US and NATO forces to eventually bring enough security for the development of a pipeline and of various roadways in order to control the pricing and flow of resources, that would be extracted from Afghanistan… they also now found in terms of mining deposits, and estimated 1 trillion dollars’ worth of copper, gold, and iron ore, and 1.4 million metric tons of what are called rare earth elements, R.E.Es. Those are the elements that are used for cellphones and computers, and whoever can control… those resources will have a huge advantage over the countries that are wanting to buy those resources; so we could think of China and Russia which are immediate neighbors to Afghanistan, as being places where there would be a desire to consume those resources. The US would like to make sure that they can’t get those resources at cheaper prices than what the US would pay.

Kathy Kelly on Gorilla Radio, Victoria, BC

Quite honestly 93% of the world’s heroin comes from Afghanistan, and the education system is terribly corrupt, healthcare delivery is very very poor, such that one out of every 11 women dies in childbirth. Rights for women are so bad that in 1,670 registered incidents of violence against women, only 7% of the cases even went through the judicial process, and 1 million children are suffering from acute malnourishment in southern Afghanistan… in Afghanistan the United States has tried to market the war there by saying that the troops are needed in order to protect the rights of women and children, but how can you have one million children suffering from acute malnourishment in the very area where there’s a huge concentration of U.S. troops, in Helmand and Kandahar, and talk about the rights of children being protected?

Buddy Bell Discusses the Honduran Election

In general, any kind of assertion that, that the election would be, certainly free and fair is a little bit naïve. I think that you’re going to have a certain amount of fraud no matter what, and this has, this has kind of been a pattern in many countries that, where the oligarchy has held power for, for a very long time. So you have people who have been in struggles for many years, who for, for instance, have been trying to stop mining companies from taking over their land without their consent, from using open-pit mining methods, which contaminate the water with arsenic, like communities that have lived on the coast for several hundred years and now are being pushed out by multinational tourism companies, who want to create such an entity as a “model city”, which is essentially sovereign, outside of Honduran authority yet part of Honduran land. These people would say, you know, they expect the election to have some level of fraud, just because these interests are very entrenched, and they’re going to try to influence any kind of election result that could make it harder for them to continue the status quo.

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