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Dahr Jamail Celebrates U.S. Military’s “Will to Resist” in Iraq, Afghanistan (tags)

Dahr Jamail, the independent journalist who broke the monopoly on Iraq war coverage by “embedded reporters” and reported honestly on the war for his own blog, has tackled a subject equally taboo in the corporate media: the growing number of U.S. servicemembers who are resisting the wars of occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan. The resistance takes many forms, from so-called “search and avoid” missions in the war zones to absences without leave (AWOL), conscientious objector filings and outright refusals to obey orders to deploy. While the movement hasn't reached the heights it did during the Viet Nam war — mainly because there isn't as large a mass civilian anti-war movement as there was then — it's significant for the courage and heroism of the resisters and as an index of the toll two long, grueling wars have taken on the U.S. military.

Chris Hedges Exposes U.S. War Crimes in Iraq (tags)

Chris Hedges, author of "War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning" and co-author of the new book "Collateral Damage: America's War Against Iraqi Civilians," spoke in San Diego June 25 and expressed his disillusion with the American political system in general and the Democratic party in particular. He said he's not going to vote for either Barack Obama or John McCain because neither will completely withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq.

MARCH FOR PEACE (tags)

This quest for peace, in homage to Mahatma Gandhi's historic 1930 Salt March, will start in Tijuana, Mexico on March 12, go through the Marine Corps Depot at Camp Pendleton and the Cesar Chavez burial site in La Paz, CA (near Tehachapi), and end in The Mission district of San Francisco with a memorial ceremony and blood drive on March 27.

241 mile MARCH for PEACE: Latino Voice of Opposition to the War (tags)

A 241 mile march that aims at ensuring that the Latino voice of opposition to the War is heard loud and clear across the Americas.

The Mindless American: A Tragedy In The Making (tags)

As a result of nine-eleven’s jarring impact upon our nation, journalists have discovered a near paranoid rise in retaliation against individuals attempting to expose governmental malfeasance.

Pablo Paredes Resistir la Guerra (tags)

El oficial enactive del ejército naval (Navy), Pablo Paredes, se convirtió en el primer miembro de la Navy de negarse a pelear en la guerra en Irak cuando se negó a abordar un barco de la Navy que se dirigla a Irak en diciembre. Entrevista a Pablo...

GI resistance today: New challenges ahead (tags)

Today’s anti-militarist GI confronts a military that has changed enormously since the first Gulf War 15 years ago. The behemoth conscript military of the Vietnam era, with 4 million-plus GIs, bears little resemblance to today’s model.

Put the WAR on trial!! Events supporting war resister Pablo Paredes (tags)

Defend Pablo: Put the WAR on Trial !!! 4 days of protest and events to support war resister Pablo Paredes as he faces court martial by the US Navy

Interview With First Navy War Resister: Pablo Paredes (tags)

On May 11, 2005, Pablo Paredes, a U.S. Navy Petty Officer, 3rd Class, will face a court martial for refusing to fight in the Iraq war. In Dec. 2004, Pablo refused to board a Navy ship as it left San Diego, Ca., becoming the first Navy personnel to openly refuse to cooperate with the Iraq War.

Human Argument Against War (tags)

It has been months since I publicly refused to assist in destroying Iraq. I did so by refusing to Board the USS Bon Homme Richard and refusing to become complicit in this illegal and morally anemic plight in Iraq. There have been moments when it seemed to me that the military would work within the rule of its own laws and grant me Conscientious Objector Status, but those moments are far behind me.

PABLO PAREDES COURT MARTIAL EVENTS / PROTEST (tags)

Defend Pablo: Put the WAR on Trial 3 days of protest and events to support war resister Pablo Paredes as he faces court martial by the US Navy May 10th - May 13th 2005 San Diego, CA

Saving Schiavo While Burying the Real News (tags)

The corporate media were too busy covering a demonstration by 30 fundamentalists trying to keep Shiavo from meeting her maker to bother cover ing the global and nationwide demonstrations against the U.S. Iraq War.

Trouble in the Ranks (tags)

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Private Jeremiah Adler wrote home on his sixth day in Army boot camp:

"’I am so fucked up right now... I feel that if I stay here much longer I am not going to be the same person anymore. I have to GO. Please help... Every minute you sit at home I am stuck in a shithole, stripped of self-respect, pride, will, hope, love, faith, worth, everything. Everything I have ever held dear has been taken away. This fucks with your head... This makes you believe you ARE worthless shit. Please help. By the time you get this, things will be worse.’"

Shortly after writing this, his unit was scheduled to ship out, and Jeremiah went AWOL (absent without leave).

BTL:Military Families Campaign to Bring U.S. Troops Back from Iraq Now (tags)

Interview with Charlie Richardson, co-founder of Military Families Speak Out, conducted by Between the Lines' Melinda Tuhus

"The pain of my son's death does not get any better, it just gets worse as time goes (tags)

Interview with Celeste Zappala, Mother of Army Sgt. Sherwood R. Baker

BTL:Army Conscientious Objector Who Opposed Abuse of Iraqi Civilians and... (tags)

...Prisoners Sentenced to 1 Year in Prison for Desertion~ Interview with Maritza Castillo, mother of Staff Sgt. Camilo Mejia Castillo, conscientious objector convicted of desertion, conducted by Between the Lines' Melinda Tuhus

GI sent back to Iraq: "I am back in this s--t hole" (tags)

The new issue of Traveling Soldier is out!

Bush, Rumsfeld confronted in U.S., Europe, Asia (tags)

The first week of June was not a good time to be George W. Bush or Donald Rumsfeld.

Build movement of mass resistance: WWP candidates (tags)

Message to June 5 marchers against war & occupation

Activists Report on Afghanistan, Iraq (tags)

Global Exchange's Medea Benjamin questioned the ongoing war in Iraq, and KPFK's Sonali Kolhatkar spoke of the how commercial news media neglects to report on the suffering of the people of Afghanistan in a May 27th forum.

URGENT Petition supporting Camilo Mejia US conscientious objector (tags)

Support Camilo Mejia, US conscientious objector, waiting court-martial for “desertion” on 19 May 2004

"I saw the destroyed villages, I saw lives destroyed by what happened there" (tags)

feature articles from the new Traveling Soldier, an anti-war newsletter for GIs

A Deserter Speaks (tags)

The young man across the table looks sad, but not as stressed as one might expect from a US Army deserter. Camilo Mejia served with a unit that crossed into Iraq just after the invasion and then, for five months, fought in the counterinsurgency war in the Sunni Triangle, where he says he was in firefights, killed people, almost got killed, helped torture prisoners and finally had his life saved by a small-scale mutiny. Now he is a declared conscientious objector who spent five months absent without leave, facing the wrath of US military justice.

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