Jun 30 2015

All Flags Must Come Down

Please do not misinterpret what I am about to say. I believe that the Confederate flag is disgraceful. It represents a corrupted heritage that is fundamentally rooted in chauvinism, bigotry, segregation, and militarism. Furthermore, I believe that it should be torn down from every monument, hallway, rooftop, and courthouse in our nation. . . . . . .

. . . . . . .Let me be clear. I am not calling for a universal human flag to replace the numerous flags in existence today. I do not want to see the United Nations emblem on every uniform and municipal building from Chicago to Cairo. What we need is a flagless world. No more oaths, and no more pledges of allegiance! To paraphrase Gandhi, “the only tyrant in this world that we should obey is the still small voice within.”

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Jun 28 2015

Yemen & The Global Revolution Against Terrorism

A lecture by Caleb Maupin, a member of the United Nations Press Corps, and recently returned from traveling on the Iran Shahed, a Red Crescent aid ship that traveled to Yemen, but was turned back by Saudi violence and forced to deliver its cargo to the U.N. at a U.S. base in Djibouti.   The Red Crescent doctors and medical service providers on the ship were very disappointed.   Caleb addressed to a gathering organized in New York City by Fight Imperialism, Stand Together (F.I.S.T.), an Anarchist youth organization.

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Jun 19 2015

The Nonviolent Hegemon

The antiwar movement in the United States is severely divided at present.  Even discounting the people who have drunk the Kool-Aid of the MSM or take at face value the pronouncements of US officials on foreign policy, there is much discussion around what  divides the antiwar movement and how can it be reformulated in a broader context.

There are some who have said that as revolutionary socialists they don’t always agree with’pacifists’.  I guess that is one guideline, but ‘revolution’ is different things to different people, and if you have ever gone to a nonviolence training you might have learned that the same is true of ‘pacifism’.  I consider myself both nonviolent and a revolutionary thinker.    There is a broad stroke that reflects the widest division of the antiwar movement as I see it.   That is the division between those who ‘buy’ U.S. hegemony and those who don’t ‘buy’ it.

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Jun 14 2015

In Their Own Words: US intelligence on AQI and the Syrian War

The DoD Document from 2012:

A number of bloggers have already reported on the DoD Intelligence Report from 2012 [1] that was recently obtained through a FOIA request and published by Judicial Watch a few weeks ago.   In fact so many people wrote about it that I wasn’t going to bother.   Until I noticed something, a quote that kept showing up in the reports, that is contradicted by earlier government documents related to Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI). . . .

Earlier Research by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point:

To give some depth to this analysis, we can turn to a couple of earlier research reports obtained by Tony Cartalucci a year or more ago.    These reports,  Al Qa’ida’s Foreign Fighters in Iraq, a preliminary report published in late 2007, and Bombers, Bank Accounts and Bleedout: Al Qa’ida’s road in and out of Iraq, published in 2008, are research papers produced by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point.   They are based on analysis of documents retrieved from an abandoned AQI base on Mt. Sinjar  where they received and deployed foreign fighters coming in through Syria. . . .

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Jun 11 2015

UNAC Shows the Way

When I read this article by Margaret Kimberly, it really made me feel good about the path I’ve been following in the peace and justice movement through some very challenging times.  

by BlAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Early in the 21st century, the United States appeared to have a large anti-war movement. But, the huge crowds melted away when a Democrat took his turn as Imperialist-in-Chief. UNAC, the United National Anti-War Movement that was created in 2010, “doesn’t waver and doesn’t make exceptions regardless of who in the two party duopoly occupies the White House.” UNAC also opposes U.S. wars against people of color and the poor, here at home.

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May 31 2015

Dead Syrian Children and Drones on the Wing

Recently the Pentagon admitted to killing two Syrian children in a drone attack last fall when they bombed a group of al Qaeda fighters  in the suburbs of the Syrian city of Aleppo. . .

But, it isn’t a surprise that some children were killed in Syria in a drone strike.  In fact, children are regularly killed in U.S. drone strikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen and wherever.   In 2013, due to a lot of negative attention brought by  Internatonal Human Rights NGOs an the United Nations on drone killings in Pakistan and Yemen, President Obama produced a document that set standards limiting drone strikes where civilians might be present.    Last year, after declaring war on ISIS in Syria and Iraq, he waived those limits.   Soon thereafter, these children were killed by a U.S. drone strike in Syria.   The picture is actually of some other children killed by drone strikes in Syria,  Now, there is once again discussion of placing limits on drone strikes.

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May 30 2015

The Continued Attacks on Yemen

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As has already been widely reported, the mission of the Iran Shahed Rescue Ship to Yemen was unsuccessful. Massive Saudi bombing of the Hodiedah port, and 15 hired Sudanese mercenaries with rocket launchers, made delivery of humanitarian aid to the people of Yemen impossible. The 2,500 tons of medical supplies, food, and water have been handed over to the World Food Program, because Saudi terrorism has made it impossible for us to deliver them.

In the aftermath of our ship going to Djibouti, and my subsequent return to Tehran, the Saudi bombing campaign has only increased. The total number of Yemenis now dead is estimated to be well over 4,000. The Saudi bombers, being refueled by the US air force and directed by US satellites, are specifically targeting the region of Hodiedah, where we intended to deliver the food and supplies. Aid for civilians in Houthi run areas of Yemen is forbidden.

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May 26 2015

I Have Witnessed A Crime Against Humanity!

Daily activities in the fishing port in al-Hodeidah, Yemen.

I Have Witnessed A Crime Against Humanity! –
A Message from Caleb Maupin in the Port of Djibouti

From the Port of Djibouti in North Africa, it is with great sadness and burning outrage that I announce that the voyage of the Iran Shahed Rescue Ship has concluded. We will not reach our destination at the Port of Hodiedah in Yemen to deliver humanitarian aid.

The unsuccessful conclusion of our mission is the result of only one thing: US-backed Saudi Terrorism.

Yesterday, as it appeared our arrival was imminent, the Saudi forces bombed the port of Hodiedah. They didn’t just bomb the port once, or even twice. The Saudi forces bombed the port of Hodeidah a total of eight times in a single day!

The total number of innocent dock workers, sailors, longshoremen, and bystanders killed by these eight airstrikes is still being calculated.

Furthermore, the Yemeni revolutionaries arrested 15 people yesterday, who were part of a conspiracy to attack our vessel. The plan was to attack the Iran Shahed when we arrived, and kill everyone onboard, including me.

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May 20 2015

There Will Be No Saudi Inspection Of This Ship!

From Caleb:

There is talk about a Saudi inspection of the Iranian ship, “Iranian Shahed.”

Regardless of any different viewpoint in western or other media, one fact should be well observed: Iran’s government and Red Crescent Society state correctly, that the Saudis have no right whatsoever to inspect this ship and – in addition to that – consider Saudi Arabia unfit for any inspection of this humanitarian mission due to its leading role in the war against Yemen, same as the US.

UN, ICRC or other countries appointed by concerned institutions and not involved in the war against Yemen are naturally welcome on board of “Iran Shahed” for inspection.


There Will Be No Saudi Inspection Of This Ship!

A Message from Caleb Maupin onboard the “Iran Shahed” in the Gulf of Aden

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which is mercilessly slaughtering people in Yemen, has absolutely no right to inspect this vessel. Neither does the United States of America or Israel. The Iranian government has
made that absolutely clear, and all of us in the delegation of peace activists from Germany, France, and the United States absolutely agree with this decision.

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May 20 2015

Ramstein Call

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Call To End US Drone Warfare via Ramstein In Solidarity with Drone Victims and the German People

ramstein_map_v5All lethal US drone strikes are guided via the Satellite Relay Station located on the US Air Force Base Ramstein in Germany. More than 10,000 people worldwide have been killed by these drone strikes. The bin Ali Jaber family lost two of its members through a drone strike in Hadramout in Yemen. Now Reprieve and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) have filed a lawsuit against the German government in a German court on behalf of the bin Ali Jaber family. The suit demands that the German government “take legal and political responsibility for the US drone war in Yemen” and “forbid use of the Satellite Relay Station in Ramstein.”

Wednesday, May 27th 2015, 11 a.m., German Bundestag (Meadow) : this case will begin with a hearing before the high administrative court in Cologne. Here in the United States, we will organize actions in solidarity on or before May 24th as, we need to get the endorsements gathered for presentation by May 26.

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