Missing Persons and the GWoT

Many innocent people have been ‘disappeared’ in the course of the United States Global War of Terror.    Many innocent men have been swept from the Streets of Pakistan and Afghanistan, Iraq and other places associated with U.S. wars.   Here is Amina Masood Janjua telling her story.   Her story is powerful because, before her husband’s abduction, her family was like most of ours, a middle class family with a comfortable life.   Her husband was a business man who traveled, he was a Pakistani Muslim like so many others, almost everyone in that country, and he did not support any fanatical religious organizations or causes.   He was just a guy.

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Dirty Politics Target NY Senator Gillibrand and the Iran Accord

The Iran Nuclear Deal, which I will henceforth refer to as the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) Iran Accord, has met and defeated it’s first Congressional Challenge.  On the same day a number of organizations around the country who support peace and diplomacy called for local vigils to thank the Senate members who supported the Iran Accord and to hold up a light for more diplomatic peace negotiations in the future.   Those who oppose the Iran Accord are a salty lot, many of whom are and have been avid advocates for new wars and ever more weapons sales and development throughout their careers.   Warmongers and advocates for Israeli dominance in the Middle East strongly oppose the Iran Accord.  Senator Gillibrand of New York broke with her old mentor, Chuck Schumer, to support the accord against the latest attack.

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Aafia Siddiqui Case Closed; Pending Appeal Dismissed

Last week Aafia Siddiqui’s lawyers were informed that Judge Berman of the Manhattan South District was closing her case and dismissing her appeal at her request.   Siddiqui, who received an 86 year sentence after being convicted in a trial based on conflicted testimony, innuendo and secret evidence, has been in solitary confinement in Carswell Medical Center since 2008,   The jury […]

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Send Aafia Home

Please sign the petition linked below  to help Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, a political prisoner, and also a victim of state terrorism. Aafia Siddiqui has been abused, humiliated, shot, and driven to the edge of sanity.   She was tried for one crime and convicted on the basis of false evidence of another.  There was no evidence other than some contested witness […]

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Syrian Refugees in Turkey

Syrian women are not downtrodden and voiceless in general.  The west portrays Arab women as lacking rights or oppressed compared to American women.  There are differences, but in some cases the Syrian women have more rights. For example: the Syrian civil code, or law, is based on the FRENCH civil code, which I suppose goes back to the period of […]

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A Voice from Kassab

I was with a group of 5 Americans, 3 Canadians and an Irishman who went to observe the Syrian election, but there were other observers from Asia, Africa and South America. On the way there, I thought about having a particular angle to report from, and I decided that since there weren’t many women observers that I would talk to […]

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A Syrian Woman’s Story

Those of us who went to observe the Syrian election were dispersed across the country on Election Day.   Some went to cities in the war zones like Homs, Aleppo and Sweita.   For whatever reason, I chose to go to Tartous.   I want to see some ordinary people in a part of the country that was not under continuous threat. I […]

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