The continuing war in Syria, notable both for its barbarism and its endless flow of refugees, has now become one of the 21st century’s major bloodbaths. It is also one of the most confusing. Peabody-winning journalist Reese Erlich will help us make sense of it.
Based on numerous reporting trips to the region, this freelance foreign correspondent will discuss the growth of Syrian extremist rebel groups, the status of the Assad regime, foreign intervention and the failure of US policy. He provides up-to-date analysis and previews what President-elect Trump will face in one of the world’s major crises.
Erlich reported from the frontlines along the northern Iraq-Syria border. He has visited all the countries surrounding Syria to interview rebel leaders, refugees and civil society activists.
His recent book, Inside Syria: The Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect (Foreword by Noam Chomsky), is his fifth on US foreign policy. He reports for NPR, Foreign Policy, VICE News, and The Progressive, among others.(www.ReeseErlich.com)
3 – 5 p.m.
Sunday, February 12
Decatur Recreation Center
231 Sycamore St., Decatur 30030
(next to Decatur Public Library; ½ block from Decatur MARTA station)
Free admission; free parking at Decatur library
Georgia Peace & Justice Coalition
Georgia Peace & Justice Coalition’s Position on Syria:
GPJC is a signatory of the Hands Off Syria Coalition, which calls for:
1. An immediate end to the U.S. policy of forced regime change in Syria and full recognition and compliance by the U.S., NATO and their allies with principles of international law and the U.N. Charter, including respect for the independence and territorial integrity of Syria.
2. An immediate end to all foreign aggression against Syria, and serious efforts toward a political resolution to the war.
3. An immediate end to all military, financial, logistical and intelligence support by the U.S., NATO and their regional allies to all foreign mercenaries and extremists in the Middle East region.
4. An immediate end to economic sanctions against Syria. Massive international aid for displaced people within Syria and Syrian refugees abroad.
Nice and tidy.
Friday, January 20 at 11 AM – 2 PM
Troy Davis Park (Woodruff Park)
51 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30303
The Georgia J20 Coalition is a solidarity-building partnership of local community grassroots organizations and networks, faith-based organizations, and labor unions. The Georgia J20 is led by impacted communities, who know that the growing climate of hatred, bigotry, Islamophobia, and xenophobia has poisoned our political process and deranged our society’s moral compass.
As our nation transitions power to an alt-right, corporatist, and exclusive form of leadership, we seek to lift up the concerns of our communities and our neighbors. We affirm the resilience and self-determination of our people who are the most directly impacted by forces of oppression. We will continue to center our voices and amplify our initiatives. We will organize, strategize, and build unity in our defense and will continue to follow the guidance and leadership of our communities. We seek to create and defend a sanctuary space that commit resources and support our communities members to fight and continue to defend from a system rooted in income inequality, white supremacy, racism, and misogyny. We realize that in unity and solidarity there is strength.
On January 20th at 10:00 am, our coalition will engage in the People’s Inauguration where our communities will demand for the city of Atlanta to uphold its obligation and commitment of being a Welcoming City to it’s diversity of residents, visitors and businesses.
We the People demand that the City of Atlanta truly welcome people of all nations, and respect the human rights of all in our communities;
We are grounded in the liberation and safety of our communities. Please come with respect. This is a family and community event. Wear comfortable shoes, use MARTA and join us!
The Georgia J20 Coalition is a solidarity-building partnership of local community grassroots organizations and networks, faith-based organizations, and labor unions. For more information call 7704575232
Link to the facebook page for the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/369467400086579/
…This is my 60th film, the majority for ITV and including those made for the cinema. Filmed on five potential frontlines across Asia and the Pacific during almost two years, the story is told in chapters that connect a secret and ‘forgotten’ past to the rapacious actions of great power today and to an inspiring popular resistance, of which little is known in the West.
Chapter one, ‘The secret of the Marshall Islands’, describes a secret programme – Project 4.1 – that turned these Pacific islanders into guinea pigs for the development of nuclear weapons. Once known as the Last Paradise, the Marshalls and their indigenous people were subjected to the equivalent of a Hiroshima bomb exploded every day for twelve years.
Of all the places of upheaval I have reported from, I have not experienced anything quite like Bikini atoll. In the emerald lagoon where the US exploded a hydrogen bomb called Bravo in 1954, there is a vast black hole, a void in which an entire island was vaporised. Bikini’s people have never returned. The food is unsafe to eat and the water unsafe to drink. There are no birds and no natural sounds. Our shoes registered ‘leave now’ on a Geiger counter. The US Department of Energy comes regularly to measure its mutations; there is a radioactive market garden and palms planted in surreal grid formation. The experiment never ends…
Tariq Ali talks to the award winning Journalist and Filmmaker John Pilger about the state of the world.
Official clemency application from Chelsea Manning.
Chelsea has been informed that the Army will hold another disciplinary hearing on the second attempted suicide, which was prompted by the punishment given by the first disciplinary hearing following her initial suicide attempt.
New York Times
November 4, 2016
Chelsea Manning tried to commit suicide last month as she was starting a week of solitary confinement at the prison barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., her punishment for a previous attempt to end her life in July.
Ms. Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst who is serving a 35-year sentence for leaking archives of secret documents to WikiLeaks, disclosed the attempted suicide, which took place Oct. 4, in a statement she dictated over the phone to a member of her volunteer support network. She asked that it be sent this week to The New York Times, according to members of the network who want to keep their identities private.
Chase Strangio, an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer representing Ms. Manning, formerly known as Bradley Manning, confirmed the attempt, which raised new questions about the military’s handling of the troubled soldier, dating to when she was permitted to deploy to Iraq and kept at her post in a secure facility despite signs of erratic behavior.
Read the full NYT article here