(Their first release, more to follow)
First after the NATO video, the Peace Report:
#NoWar2016 was held in Washington, D.C., on September 23rd to 26th. #NoWar2016 was a series of panels and workshops, plus an awards ceremony and a protest action. The videos are below. The conference was sold out and universally praised in high terms. Various action plans came out of the workshops and other discussions at the conference. [yuuuuge snip]
Events were held at the same time in Berlin, Germany, where U.S. whistleblowers delivered to the German government a petition from RootsAction.org, World Beyond War, and others urging the closure of Ramstein Airbase (also delivered to the Pentagon on the 26th). Events were also held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (more locations are at the website.)
The list of speakers and links to TRNN’s recorded videos are listed. I didn’t watch, but was somewhat heartened to see:
Gareth Porter’s put up his remarks up at Counterpunch: ‘How We Could End the Permanent War State’. I tried to find transcripts of other recordings, but failed.
Ah! Just in at CP: ‘You Can’t Have War Without Racism’, by Robert Fantina keep your eyes out at CP for others.
Dennis Kucinich (about 20 mins) You’ll remember that one of his key campaign promises had been to create a cabinet level ‘Department of Peace’.
Also featured was Maurice Carney of ‘Friends of Congo’ (also about 20 mins). He references: Included in the Racism of War: a 26-min film: Crisis in the Congo: video. It’s longish, good, but from 2011.
But Carney recounts a bit of the history of mineral rich Congo being given to King Leopold II at the Berlin Conference (Congo Conference) in 1884/85 as US and European powers divvied up the continent. Crisis in Congo also narrates the abominable history. He traces US involvement in Congo through Belgium’s re-colonization: the uranium for the Manhattan Project > Congo’s independence and electing Patrice Lumumba and forward. He was overthrown by the CIA and later assassinated other western counterparts after a brief time in office. Friends of Congo’s page/s on Lumumba is here; hard reading. Carney further narrates the US Imperium’s fondness for African and global dictators and tyrants over leaders who like non-ethnic and secular actual democracy.
“On September 19, 2016, widespread protests took place across the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Congolese population sent a clear message to President Joseph Kabila that he had only 90 days left to vacate the presidency because his last of two presidential terms expires on December 19, 2016.
The Congolese security forces violently and brutally repressed the demonstrators. According to Human Rights Watch 44 people died during the demonstrations. Dozens were injured and hundreds arrested and jailed according to civil society and the Congolese opposition.
This video is an ode to the resiliency and bravery of the Congolese freedom fighters who died the week of September 19 as they organized to put into practice Article 64 of the Congolese constitution.
May they rest in peace and power.”
Song by Congolese artist Mohombi.
Title: Mwana Congo (Child of Congo).
We hurt to see the horrors of the revolution…
We hurt to see our people die for what they believe in…
We hurt to see our mothers and fathers’ tears as they bury our comrades who gave their lives for a better Congo…
We shall always remember their ultimate sacrifice to see a new Congo, a new Africa, a new world!
Rest in power our brave warriors of the #Telema revolution!
Eloko nini esilaka te!
The burned buildings were in Kinshasa’s opposition parties offices; burned humans were found, and also live, but tortured and dismembered people, according to:
‘Remarks by Kate Gilmore, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, at the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council on the Democratic Republic of Congo’ Geneva, 27 September 2016 (A chilling narrative of recent events by police and military in Kinshasa and across Congo)
Ann Garrison writes knowledgably on the Empire v. Sub-Saharan Africa, often at BAR. Her 2015 ‘Congo’s problems are Museveni, Kagame, and Kabila, not the FDLR’ spells out some the rest he spoke about.
“KPFA/Ann Garrison: Maurice, it’s obvious to anyone who’s been following this that the US, through its Special Envoy Russ Feingold, is twisting the arms of at least four African presidents to go to war inside DR Congo’s borders. If the tables were turned, a Special Envoy from the DRC would be in North America urging a regional war inside US borders. Why do you think the US is pushing this so hard now?”
And yes, Kerry, Clinton, Sam Power, and Yale do love them some Paul Kagame. (There were anti-Kagame demos at Yale, how nice.)
Oh dear; it seems I traveled from Peace to War with no apparent segue. May I offer: “It ain’t my fault there are so many moar wars and drumbeats for war than there are attempts at peace”? Thank you in advance./s
In light of all this, plus Eritrea and CAR continuing to be in the media’s and NATO’s crosshairs, I was somewhat heartened to see this portion of the conference, even though Gar so often fails to deliver, imo; dunno Evans myownself:
‘America’s Deceptive Model for Aggression’, September 26, 2016, Consortium News
“Since NATO’s 1999 war on Serbia, U.S. officials have followed a script demonizing targeted foreign leaders, calling ultimatums “diplomacy,” lying about “war as a last resort” and selling aggression as humanitarianism, says Nicolas J S Davies.
Across the political spectrum, U.S. leaders insist that they will only go to war “as a last resort.” They want us to believe that they will try every peaceful means to resolve differences with other countries before resorting to war. But if those “peaceful means” mean only ultimatums that are unacceptable to the target country, then U.S. leaders are simply going through a diplomatic charade before going to war.”
When Clinton told a televised “national security” forum that she “view(s) force as a last resort, not a first choice,” she was echoing what she and Sen. Bernie Sanders both said in Democratic Party debates. But in Clinton’s case, using the phrase “last resort” in this way is a clever way to reassure her listeners without actually modifying her hawkish and coercive approach to international relations. “
Drumbeats for War by the WSJ and LA Times:
‘After Kashmir attack, US media threaten to support India in war with Pakistan’, by Kumaran Ira, 29 September 2016, wsws.org
“With India pledging to “punish” Pakistan for the attack Islamist militants mounted on an Indian army base at Uri in the disputed Kashmir region, a concerted campaign has begun in the US media indicating support for aggressive Indian action against Pakistan. Given that India and Pakistan are nuclear-armed states that have fought four bloody wars against each other, this campaign is extraordinarily reckless.” and more such bellicose statements.
In his Sept. 15 2016 ‘What is BRICS member India really up to?’, Pepe Escobar explains what’s involved w/ Modi’s geostrategic gymnastics, including his charm offensive at the WH and Congress, and the August signing of the US/India LEMOA (Logistics Exchange Memorandum Agreement). Escobar thinks it’s clear that India means to be the top South Asian Power, and can’t piss off the US, but still has major infrastructure and arms plays going with Russia and China, naturally.
Out of Africa: ‘The UN’s Next Genocide in Somalia’ by Thomas C. Mountain, an independent journalist in Eritrea, living and reporting from there since 2006. via BAR
(I confess I’d remembered Bill Clinton’s administration more central to the story, and that detractors believed it was a rare mineral in Somalia the US was after, not ‘a humanitarian mission’.)
Moar War on US citizens:
Today at RT: ‘Military-style’ armed police arrest 20+ Dakota Access protesters’
(yeah, I know: Latinos for Bernie; good luck: the Bern’s doing a campaign tour w/ the Queen.)
I remember reporting on this dear child’s murder by police back when it happened, but now RT is up with: ‘Bodycam shows police firing 18 bullets at SUV, killing 6yo autistic boy’ (GRAPHIC VIDEO)
Watch if you’re able; I haven’t been able to yet. Oddly, I’d either forgotten or hadn’t known that the boy was autistic, not that it really matters; he’s become the dreaded Hashtag #Jeremy Mardis (Rest in peace and power, dear one.)
Adding insult to death and destruction:
“Jeremy Mardis was in the passenger seat of a car driven by his father which became involved in a police chase in the town of Marksville on November 3, 2015.
Mardis was killed and his father Chris Few seriously wounded when police pursuing the vehicle fired at least 18 shots at the SUV, WAFB reports. Initial reports from local investigators suggested the boy’s father was the subject of an outstanding police warrant, however authorities have been unable to find any such warrants.
Deputies Derrick Stafford, 32, and Norris Greenhouse Jr, 23, face charges of second-degree murder over the killing of the young boy and attempted second-degree murder for wounding Few, who was unarmed.”
Killed by Police on Facebook reports that they have corporate news accounts of 856 people have been killed by police so far in 2016.
Please feel to add you own entries, for instance: who’s increasing their military footprint (Japan, the EU?) , etc.