Storming Yemen

For nearly a decade the United States has used drones to target and kill suspected members of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Yemen.   Among others, US drones have killed busloads of civilians, guests attending weddings, taxi drivers, diners at a birthday party, people attending funerals and men attempting to reason with AQAP members.   When we complained about these practices, in Yemen, Pakistan, Somalia and other places, one response was that it was better than carpet bombing like we did in World War II.   That always seemed rather odd because World War II was a war, and the cities carpet bombed were ‘enemy’ cities.

I would say that, well, the places where the killer drones are operating are not places where it would be possible or ‘legal’ to carpet bomb.   There would be no way to explain such a serious divergence from humanitarian law, the laws of war.   They’ve made a fine point about targeting a globally dispersed enemy force, a point that I strongly disagree with though many are ready to buy it.   One would think it would be beyond imagination to justify heavy bombing, carpet bombing in the same circumstance.

But Yemen has turned the world of ‘legal’ warfare on it’s head.   Since last March, a Saudi led coalition of Gulf Emirates with US technical and political backing have been ferociously bombing Yemen

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US Alliance With Syrian Kurds Can be Costly

The US media has made a very big point that the Kurds are the only viable force on the ground  in Syria capable of fighting ISIS.   This is a convenient half truth.    In fact, the strongest force on the ground in Syria is the Syrian Arab Army, which is often portrayed as a kind of personal militia of the President.   This is far from the truth.   The Syrian army is a national army drawn from the population and tasked with protecting the people, and they have fought the longest war to save their nation.    The US determination to delegitimize Syrian President Bashar Assad has led to some very distorted analysis of events on the ground as well as poorly framed battle plans and unstable alliances.

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Democracy Now Propaganda for the Left

Here is the link:  http://www.democracynow.org/2015/10/30/russias_entry_into_syria_worsens_deadly And here is what I said about it: Democracy Now! featured an embarrassingly awful interview with a woman from Physicians for Social Responsibility and a Syrian doctor from East Ghouta who was using a pseudonym to protect himself.   One wonders how important the name is, if his face, his place of origin and his occupation […]

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Photonics Brings a DoD Opportunity to Rochester

The city is on fire with talk about photonics, a new technology coming to Rochester in the kind of form that I must say I find difficult to envision in a positive way.    Of late, Rochester has fallen on hard times following the demise of once prosperous corporations that employed large numbers of individuals at all levels.  So, the opportunity […]

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MEK at the UN: Bizarre Cult Organizes in the U.S. Against Iran

This is a guest post by a friend in New York.  Caleb reports on a very real scene that has been going on with the support of Congressional Neocons and other members of the U.S,. power structure since the 80s.  Every year they come out of hiding with their allies to harass the Iranian Delegation to the United Nations General Assembly.   They wear the colors of an innocent movement for peace and justice but read below to understand the disturbing truth.

Caleb Maupin: You would think that individuals claiming to be “Islamic Marxists” — former members of an illegal Zionist terrorist organization — and Republican elected officials would generally not associate with each other. However, once a year for the last decade or so, they all gather together in front of the United Nations during its General Assembly to display their insanity to the world by calling for greater hostility between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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Ferguson to Palestine with Reverend Hagler

Reverend Graylan Hagler spoke in Rochester this evening at an event sponsored by Christians Witnessing for Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace.  Reverend  Hagler is the Senior Minister of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, immediate Past National President of Ministers for Racial, Social and Economic Justice (MRSEJ) and has served on the Steering and Administrative Committee of United for Peace and Justice.  Inspired by a visit to Palestine with an African American Delegation earlier this year, his topic was “Ferguson to Palestine”.

Hagler’s lecture was was deliberately sabotaged by two different Zionist groups in Rochester.   First, he received a death threat on the phone last week from an individual who identified himself as a member of a local branch of CUFI, Christians United For Israel, Reverend Hagee’s Christian Zionist church.  This threat was followed by the expression of a desire to ‘spit’ in Hagler’s face.   The barbarism of these attacks was actually rather shocking.  I mean, these are middle class folks from the local suburbs.  A day or two later, Colgate Divinity School, who were to host  the event, withdrew their invitation.   Another local group, Roc4Israel, defiantly claimed responsibility for pressuring Colgate to cancel.  A couple of days after that, the local NPR affiliate backed out of a planned interview with Hagler.

Reverend Hagler courageously decided to come to Rochester anyway,

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#Enough & Blue Scarves on International Peace Day

Yesterday was International Peace Day.   In the morning, I participated in a Global Day of Listening phone conversation with the Afghan Peace Volunteers, a group of Afghan youth who, with their mentor Dr. Hakim Young, have opened a Borderfree Community Center in Kabul and school for street children.   They celebrated International Peace day with the launch of a new international campaign for building a network of peace around the globe.   #Enough is a campaign to say that We have had #Enough of war and violence.   These are young people who have never lived in a world at peace.   Wars have raged in Afghanistan throughout their entire lives.   And they are not the only ones.

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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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The EU Refugee Crisis Flows From Western Wars

The so called “EU Migrant Crisis” has received heavy news coverage, but little contextual information has been forthcoming.    Over the last several months, there has been increasing coverage of the flow of migrants coming across the Mediterranean, mostly from Libyan ports. The current crisis of thousands of refugees flooding into the EU through Turkey and Eastern Europe has not […]

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