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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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Size: No limit/Sin Limite
No Limit on Number of Works sent
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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

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March 25, 2009

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Foreign Army Shoots US Peace Activist; US Does Nothing
The parents of Tristan Anderson have called for a full investigation, but the US government has been silent.

Monday, March 30: National Cluster Bomb Call-In Day to the Senate

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U.S./Top News
1) Two former high-ranking officials of the deposed Taliban government say dialogue with the Taliban is feasible, GlobalPost reports. Regarding Obama's statement that "our number one priority" is "making sure that Al Qaeda cannot attack the U.S. homeland and U.S. interests and our allies" the Taliban's former ambassador to Pakistan said this is something that the Taliban are more than willing to talk about. "The United States has a right to guarantee its own security," he said. "They have a right to ensure that there is no danger to them from Afghanistan." But "that is the limit of their rights in this country," said the former Taliban foreign minister.

2) The Obama administration appears to be backing away from the phrase "global war on terror," the Washington Post reports. Some military officers had said classifying al-Qaeda and other anti-American militant groups as part of a single movement overstated their strength. The International Commission of Jurists has urged the Obama administration to drop the phrase, saying the term had given the Bush administration "spurious justification to a range of human rights and humanitarian law violations."

3) The Czech government lost a parliamentary vote of no confidence, the New York Times reports. Analysts said the government's collapse would undermine plans for construction of a US missile defense installation in the country.

4) Obama will lay out an Afghanistan strategy Friday that calls for more U.S. troops and and increased aid to combat militants along the Pakistan border, AP reports. The senior military commander overseeing NATO said U.S. officials will need to set benchmarks for progress. But Gen. Craddock warned Congress he has been stymied in his effort to find ways to gauge progress.

5) The G20 summit in London April 2 will make decisions how much money the IMF will get and what will be their role, writes Mark Weisbrot in the Guardian. The Obama administration has proposed an additional $100bn. This could be a mistake if the IMF is not required to eliminate the harmful conditions attached to its lending. At least 9 agreements the IMF has negotiated since September 2008 - including with Eastern European countries, El Salvador and Pakistan - contain some elements of contractionary policies. These include budget tightening, interest rate increases, wage freezes for public employees and other measures that will reduce aggregate demand or prevent economic stimulus programs in the current downturn.

6) Obama said he expected "steady progress" resolving disputes with Iran, AFP reports.

7) The Dutch Foreign Minister confirmed Iran has accepted an invitation to a conference on Afghanistan next week, AP reports. "It is of utmost importance that Iran is participating," Foreign Minister Verhagen said.

8) As the U.S. prepares to send more money and troops to Afghanistan, investigators are reviewing why $5 billion in previously appropriated aid has not been fully spent, the Washington Times reports. Problems began or intensified from 2005 to 2007, when Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry - Obama's choice to be the next ambassador to Afghanistan - commanded U.S. and NATO forces in the country, the Times says. Gen. Eikenberry faces confirmation hearings on Thursday.

9) Opposition leader Nawaz Sharif sealed his place as the most popular politician in Pakistan when he defied house detention and led a protest that forced the government to restore the country's chief justice, the New York Times reports. Some say Sharif, of whom Washington has been wary, could be a useful US ally in reaching out to militants.

10) Rep. Barbara Lee's bill creating a commission to explore the U.S. role in the 2004 coup in Haiti has sparked hope among some Haitians who think the bill might presage a new US policy under Obama, In These Times reports. Nicole Lee of TransAfrica Forum says the commission would document the role of the US-funded International Republican Institute in destabilizing the Haitian government.

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