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Free Leonard Peltier

Free Leonard Peltier
The government under pretext of security and progress, liberated us from our land, resources, culture, dignity and future. They violated every treaty they ever made with us. I use the word “liberated” loosely and sarcastically, in the same vein that I view the use of the words “collateral damage” when they kill innocent men, women and children. They describe people defending their homelands as terrorists, savages and hostiles . . . My words reach out to the non-Indian: Look now before it is too late—see what is being done to others in your name and see what destruction you sanction when you say nothing. --Leonard Peltier, Annual Message January 2004 (Leonard Peltier is now serving 31st year as an internationally recognized Political Prisoner of the United States Government)

Injustice Continues: Leonard Peltier Again Denied Parole

# Injustice continues: Leonard Peltier denied parole‎ - By Mahtowin A wave of outrage swept the progressive community worldwide at the news that Native political prisoner Leonard Peltier was denied parole on Aug. ... Workers World - 2 related articles » US denies parole to American Indian activist Leonard Peltier‎ - AFP - 312 related articles » # Free Leonard Peltier 2009 PRISON WRITINGS...My Life Is My Sun Dance Leonard Peltier © 1999. # Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance - by Leonard Peltier, Harvey Arden - 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages Edited by Harvey Arden, with an Introduction by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, and a Preface by former Attorney General Ramsey Clark. In 1977, Leonard Peltier... - # Leonard Peltier, American Indian Activist, Denied Parole And Won't ... Aug 21, 2009 ... BISMARCK, ND — American Indian activist Leonard Peltier, imprisoned since 1977 for the deaths of two FBI agents, has been denied parole ... - Cached - Similar - #

Gaza--War Crime: Collective Punishment of 1.5 Million Persons--Recognized as "The World's Largest Concentration Camp"

Number of Iraquis Killed Since USA 2003 Invasion began

Just Foreign Policy Iraqi Death Estimator

US & International Personnel losses in Iraq &Afghanistan; Costs of the 2 Wars to US

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America's War On Iraq: 4,667

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 1,453


Cost of War in Iraq


Cost of War in Afghanistan

The cost in your community

flickr: DEATH FROM THIS WINDOW/DOORS OF GUANTANAMO--Essays, Links, Video-- US use of Torture

VISUAL POETRY/MAIL ART CALL Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual

Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual

No Sieges, Tortures, Starvation & Surveillance
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Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'

Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'

The current 'Miss Universe' Dayana Mendoza (formerly Miss Venezuela) and 'Miss America' Crystal Stewart visited US troops stationed in Guantanamo Bay on March 20th, the New York Times reports. Here's Mendoza's account of the visit from her pageant blog last Friday. She says the trip "was a loooot of fun!"

This week, Guantánamo!!! It was an incredible experience...All the guys from the Army were amazing with us. We visited the Detainees camps and we saw the jails, where they shower, how the recreate themselves with movies, classes of art, books. It was very interesting. We took a ride with the Marines around the land to see the division of Gitmo and Cuba while they were informed us with a little bit of history.

The water in Guantánamo Bay is soooo beautiful! It was unbelievable, we were able to enjoy it for at least an hour. We went to the glass beach, and realized the name of it comes from the little pieces of broken glass from hundred of years ago. It is pretty to see all the colors shining with the sun. That day we met a beautiful lady named Rebeca who does wonders with the glasses from the beach. She creates jewelry with it and of course I bought a necklace from her that will remind me of Guantánamo Bay :)

I didn't want to leave, it was such a relaxing place, so calm and beautiful.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

JFP News, 3/26: Four Questions on Afghanistan, Top International Stories

Afghanistan: The Four Questions
President Obama is due to announce his new strategy Friday. No big surprises are expected. What matters is changing the answers to four questions. Will the United States support political negotiations between the Afghan government and leaders of Afghanistan's insurgencies? Is the United States prepared to discuss its long-term intentions in Afghanistan? Is the United States prepared to relax the political constraints it has previously imposed on Afghan negotiations? Is the United States prepared to address the political roots of Pakistan's relationship with the Afghan insurgencies?

Tom Hayden: Progressive Think Tank Tells Obama to Escalate
The Center for American Progress has positioned itself as a "progressive" Washington think tank. It therefore is deeply disappointing that CAP has issued a call for a ten-year war in Afghanistan, Hayden says.

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U.S./Top News
1) It seems utterly unbelievable that NATO is about to name as its new secretary general a figure whom millions of Muslims detest more than almost any other European, Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen of Denmark, writes Stephen Kinzer in the Guardian. Rasmussen was Denmark's leader when a Copenhagen newspaper published cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed in ways that outraged Muslims around the world. When ambassadors from 11 Muslim countries asked to meet him to discuss ways of calming the anger that was building in their homelands, he refused to receive them. Soon after Rasmussen's refusal, the violent protests that these ambassadors had feared broke out. Scores were killed in rioting. If NATO decides that the figure most directly associated with this scandal should be its new secretary general, how can it expect to win public support in Afghanistan and Pakistan?

2) Obama is facing mounting pressure to cut defense spending so more money can be spent on social programs, The Hill reports. Liberal advocacy groups sent a letter to congressional leaders calling for steep cuts to the Joint Strike Fighter Program and other futuristic weapons, with the money saved going to schools, healthcare and other social services. The letter was signed by the League of United Latin American Citizens, the Black Leadership Forum, the Hispanic Federation, the League of Rural Voters, the National Congress of Black Women and the National Council of Negro Women.

3) Pressure on Obama to recast the failed American approach to Israel-Palestine is building from former senior officials whose counsel he respects, writes Roger Cohen in the New York Times. They call for intense American mediation in pursuit of a two-state solution and "a more pragmatic approach toward Hamas." Khaled Meshal, the political director of Hamas in Damascus, has put in writing that Hamas would remain in Palestinian national unity government that reached a referendum-endorsed peace settlement with Israel.

4) US officials say the Taliban's campaign in southern Afghanistan is made possible in part by direct support from operatives in Pakistan's military intelligence agency, the New York Times reports. In a sign of just how resigned Western officials are to the ties, the British government has sent several dispatches to Islamabad in recent months asking that the ISI use its strategy meetings with the Taliban to persuade its commanders to scale back violence in Afghanistan before the August presidential election there, according to one official. Pakistanis said the contacts were less threatening than American officials depicted and were part of a strategy to maintain influence in Afghanistan for the day when American forces would withdraw and leave what they fear could be a power vacuum to be filled by India. The Haqqani network, which focuses its attacks on Afghanistan, is considered a strategic asset to Pakistan, according to American and Pakistani officials. American officials say the situation has changed little since last summer, when evidence showed that ISI operatives helped plan the bombing of the Indian Embassy in Kabul, an attack that killed 54 people.

5) Human Rights Watch said Israel's military fired white phosphorus over crowded areas of Gaza repeatedly and indiscriminately in its three-week war, killing and injuring civilians and committing war crimes, the Guardian reports. "In Gaza, the Israeli military didn't just use white phosphorus in open areas as a screen for its troops," said an HRW researcher. "It fired white phosphorus repeatedly over densely populated areas, even when its troops weren't in the area and safe smoke shells were available." HRW called on the UN to launch an international commission of inquiry to investigate.

6) Turkish President Gul's recognition of the Kurdistan government in northern Iraq and his talks with the autonomous region's leader on fighting Kurdish guerrillas mark a breakthrough for regional stability, writes Paul de Bendern for Reuters. Acknowledging the existence of the Kurdistan Regional Government has been taboo among Turkish politicians. Gul became the first Turkish head of state to travel to Armenia last year. "You see, they (efforts on northern Iraq and Armenia) are all well received," Gul told Reuters, saying breaking taboos in Turkey appeared more difficult than they really were.

7) The UN's human rights arm found opponents of Bolivian President Morales were responsible for some of the country's worst human rights violations last year, AP reports. The report concludes pro-autonomy forces were behind political violence in September that killed 11 people in the state of Pando. The report criticized Morales' administration for "irregularities" surrounding arrests that followed the violence and lack of action by authorities responsible for preventing human rights violations, but gave the government high marks for improving economic, social and cultural rights, noting Morales has helped reduce servitude-like working conditions affecting much of the country's indigenous majority.

8) Secretary of State Clinton offered the clearest acknowledgment yet from an Obama administration official of the role the US plays in the violent narcotics trade in Mexico, the New York Times reports. "Our insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade," Clinton said. "Our inability to prevent weapons from being illegally smuggled across the border to arm these criminals causes the deaths of police officers, soldiers and civilians." Indications Obama will push for stricter controls on the sale of assault rifles have already set off an outcry among gun-control opponents. "Politically, this is a very big hurdle in our Congress," Clinton conceded.

9) Mexico's credit rating could be hurt by a defeat for President Calderon's National Action Party in July congressional elections, Bloomberg reports. A March 7 poll showed Calderon's party would take 26 percent of the lower house seats in the vote, down from its current 41 percent. The poll shows the opposition PRI will take 34 percent of lower house seats in the elections while the opposition PRD wins 13 percent.

10) President Garcia promised foreign investors Tuesday he would block leftist candidates from winning the 2011 election, Reuters reports. Garcia's comments apparently aimed to alleviate fears in the business community about the candidacy of Ollanta Humala. Humala nearly won the 2006 election and his plan then to unravel years of "free market reforms" [sic] sent financial markets reeling. "The president can't pick his successor, but he can prevent the next president from being somebody he doesn't want," Garcia said.

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