Battle Creek, MI — Michigan residents fasted and demonstrated for three hours outside of the Kellogg Air National Guard base on Saturday afternoon to express opposition to drone warfare. Drones, which are unmanned armed aircraft operated from behind a computer screen far from the target site, are being operated here locally. Drones have been secretly targeting people overseas, and have led to the deaths of countless innocent women, men, and children.
by Robert Naiman and Megan Iorio Just Foreign Policy
Some press reports have suggested that the U.S. could begin airstrikes in Iraq at any time. Our best tool to stop this is to press President Obama to come to Congress for authorization before using military force, as required by the U.S. Constitution and the War Powers Resolution. Pressing the President to come to Congress for authorization was essential to stopping the U.S. from going to war in Syria last year.
Urge your Representative to join in pressing President Obama to come to Congress, by signing our petition at MoveOn.
by Nadine Naber
This past winter, I was privileged to participate in several events in Chicago organized by Rasmea Yousef Odeh, associate director of the Arab American Action Network and leader of that group’s Arab Women’s Committee… One event I attended was a celebration of International Women’s Day, at which immigrant women performed a play that Rasmea Odeh had written. The play focused on several generations of women in an extended Arab immigrant family who grappled with gender-related struggles both in the family and in American society with recourse to their loving but often tense connections with one another. The audience was engrossed, laughing and commenting throughout the performance, perhaps because they rarely see their own life struggles thus affirmed in America. Rarely, in fact, do they see humane, nuanced representations of Arab women’s lives at all.
by Leroy Seat
“Monty Python’s Life of Brian” is a 1979 British comedy film starring and written by the comedy group known as Monty Python…
This article, though, is about the life of a different Brian, one much closer to (my) home than Great Britain. In fact, the man about whom I am writing lives only 15 miles from my home town in northwest Missouri.
New York City — Activists from Witness Against Torture support the release of five men from Guantánamo to monitored residence in Qatar in exchange for the American POW Bowe Bergdahl. While freeing an American captive, the exchange advances the important goals of closing Guantánamo and helping Afghanistan achieve peace after the planned withdrawal of most US forces. The US must now expedite the release of the 78 detained men already cleared for transfer, plan for the transfer of others, and find a just resolution to the fate of all the men held at Guantánamo.
based on an interview of Ed Kinane by RIA NOVOSTI
“The multi-billion dollar drone industry promises to be very lucrative and its lobbyists are busy influencing our congressional representatives to pass legislation favorable to their greedy interests. There is an influential drone caucus in Congress. Small and cheap drones are already available online and in retail outlets,” Kinane said.
by John McNeill of WTAQ/WKZO
BATTLE CREEK (WKZO) — A protest that began a week ago at Boeing Headquarters near Chicago, ended Saturday at the Air National Guard Base at Fort Custer.
The demonstrators want the U.S. to stop using remotely controlled aircraft to carry out military missions around the world.
Members of the group walked from Illinois to Michigan over the past week. One of the future missions at the base in Battle Creek will be to remotely pilot the un-manned aircraft in hot-spots around the world.