U.S. Dropped 23,144 Bombs in 2015 Under Command of Nobel Peace Prize Winner President Obama

 

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By Adam Johnson | AlterNet

Council of Foreign Relations resident skeptic Micah Zenko recently tallied up how many bombs the United States has dropped on other countries and the results are as depressing as one would think. Zenko figured that since Jan. 1, 2015, the U.S. has dropped around 23,144 bombs on Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia, all countries that are majority Muslim.

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The chart, provided by the generally pro-State Department think tank, puts in stark terms how much destruction the U.S. has leveled on other countries. Whether or not one thinks such bombing is justified, it’s a blunt illustration of how much raw damage the United States inflicts on the Muslim world:

Sources: Estimate based upon Combined Forces Air Component Commander 2010-2015 Airpower Statistics; Information requested from CJTF-Operation Inherent Resolve Public Affairs Office, January 7, 2016; New America Foundation (NAF); Long War Journal (LWJ); The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ).

t does not appear to be working either. Despite the fact that the U.S. dropped 947 bombs in Afghanistan in 2015, a recent analysis in Foreign Policy magazine found that the Taliban control more territory in Afghanistan than at any point since 2001. The U.S. has entered its 16th year of war in Afghanistan despite several promises by the Obama administration to withdraw. In October of last year, President Obama reversed his position and decided to keep American troops in Afghanistan until the end of 2017.

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The last four U.S. presidents have bombed Iraq, and that includes the current one since airstrikes were launched on Aug. 7, 2014. The war against ISIS was originally framed as a “limited,” “humanitarian” intervention. Since then, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has insisted it will be a “30-year war” and the White House has spoken vaguely of a “long-term effort” in both Iraq and Syria.

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Cuba caravan will arrive in Atlanta on July 9

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Dear Friends,

I’m pleased to announce that the 2016 Pastors for Peace caravan will arrive in Atlanta on Saturday, July 9. Please join us as this year’s caravan celebrates 27 years of solidarity with the Cuban people.

The traditional potluck and subsequent talk will take place at 7:00p.m. at:

Friends Meeting House
701 W. Howard St. Decatur Ga. 30030
Directions: https://www.google.com/maps/@33.7673,-84.306494,17z

Although some travel and trade restrictions have been eased this year, the U.S. economic embargo against Cuba is still law. The eight caravan travelers will lead a discussion about the important role that U.S. citizens can play in lifting the blockade and the travel ban against Cuba.
The keynote speaker will be Ms. Gladys Abella, a leader of Havana’s Ebenezer Baptist Church. Ms. Abella played a key role in the creation of the The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial Center in Havana.

Please bring a dish to share and make a donation for the caravan’s expenses.

In solidarity,

Bernardo Gomez
Atlanta Network on Cuba

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Why don’t we stand with Turkey, like we did with Paris and Orlando?

Why don’t we stand with Turkey, like we did with Paris and Orlando?

By Matt Ayton

Night was coming on as I arrived in Heathrow airport on Tuesday. In a waiting lounge at the airport’s central bus station, the urgent and meretricious tones of the television news could be heard. A gang of homicidal thugs had massacred 41 innocent people and injured 239 at Turkey’s Ataturk airport.

But then, right there, the media fanfare stopped. Unlike the recent attack in Orlando, or the terrorist assault  on the streets of Paris last November, terrorism in Turkey isn’t deemed worthy of a week-long investigation.

British Prime Minister David Cameron hoisted the Belgian flag above Downing Street following the Brussels attacks earlier this year, but we won’t see the same treatment for Turkey. So far, solidarity is yet to exceed hackneyed diplo-speak and statements of the obvious; Cameron described the attack as “hideous”, as if anyone needed telling.

Why do we feel content with such a tepid reaction? After all, we would be expecting much more from our political leaders if it were in Europe or the US.

So why is it that when an attack like Brussels or Orlando happens, the world is forced to mourn (quite rightly) and the West becomes the centre of the world’s gravity yet when the producers of indiscriminate explosions strike in Beirut, Baghdad or Istanbul, it merits fleeting news coverage at best?

Why will Jerusalem’s Old City Wall’s not be illuminated red with the Turkish flag? Why will there not be a barrage of celebrity tweets and tear-jerking speeches about the massacre in Ankara?

The tutors of our moral indignation, the think-piece merchants and media pundits, have managed to outmanoeuvre our better judgement by inculcating a simple but politicised cognitive bias: we (Westerners) are killed in terrorist attacks, and it’s a tragedy; they (Arabs, Turks) die in terrorist attacks, and it’s an unfortunate norm in a destabilized region.

In total, 41 people have been killed and 239 left injured after the attacks at Ataturk. And according to Iraq Body Count, 1,087 Iraqis were killed by suicide bombings in June alone. And no one flinches.

It is a casual assumption, informed by lazy generalisations about the Arab or Muslim world – including Turkey – that violence is and will always be, an intrinsic part of life in the Middle East.

This is not to try and discourage such acts of solidarity, as they are important mechanisms for defeating fascism, it is to question why the same demonstrations of grievance are not afforded to our Turkish and Arab brothers and sisters.

But the persistence of tribal thinking about identity, and the indifference it produces in our news coverage and politics – even in the face of great misery caused by the current wave of Islamist terrorism – is a grim symptom of our political underdevelopment.

Worse still, for as long as we remain divided and unsympathetic, it will be increasingly difficult to defeat the fascist pest of Isis and other fundamentalist sects.

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/turkey-airport-attacks-stand-with-orlando-nightclub-shootings-paris-attacks-isis-terrorism-a7111076.html

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#‎MoratoriumNow‬ ‪#‎ICEoutofGA‬ ‪ ‪#‎Not1More‬

Join us on  Monday, June 27 as we respond to the SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) decision! The criminalization of our communities must END NOW!

When: Monday June 27, 2016, 10AM
Where: Georgia State Capitol

Here is the link to the Facebook page for this event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/526492947552911/

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New York just approved the nation’s first “terrorist registry”

New York just approved the nation’s first “terrorist registry”—and the implications are scary

Following the Orlando nightclub shooting, New York’s state senate passed a bill it’s touting as a “Historic First-Ever State Terrorist Registry Proposed to Protect the Number One Terrorist Target in the United States – New York.”

The basic concept is a lot like a sex offender registry, only for suspected terrorists:

Registrants would be required to complete a standardized registration form and law enforcement agencies would collect a current photograph, fingerprints and a DNA sample….

The New York State Terrorist Registry would be made available to local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

And like the Sex Offender Registry, the non-confidential information of each registrant, would be available to the public.

Now, the bill’s cosponsors are telling the press the registry will only include those who have been convicted of an act of terrorism.

“This would give local law enforcement the tools that they need so that they are aware if there is somebody in their community that has been convicted of terrorism who still may be a threat to the safety and security of Americans,” said State Senator Cathy Young, one of the cosponsors.

But the text of the legislation itself seems to say otherwise.

In subdivision one, the bill spells out not one but two ways to get on the terrorist registry:

“Terrorist” means any person who is convicted of any terrorist offense set forth in subdivision two of this section, and/or who has engaged in any verifiable act of terrorism pursuant to subdivision three of this section.

So the first way is precisely what Young says it is: a conviction for terrorism.

But the second way, in subdivision three, doesn’t necessarily require a conviction at all.

In fact, that section includes four separate circumstances under which someone who has never been convicted of terrorism could be placed on the public registry should this bill become law.

The two most concerning of these are in subsections (d) and (e):

(d) listed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s terrorist screening center on the terrorist screening database; and/or 3

(e) identified by the United States Department of Homeland Security, the United States Department of State, the United States Department of Justice, the United States Department of Defense or any of its armed services, the United States Central Intelligence Agency, and/or the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, as a person who has committed a terrorist act against the United States or any of its citizens, and/or who is a member of a designated terrorist organization pursuant to section 1189 of title 8 of the United States Code.

The short version: if the federal government says you’re a terrorist—without providing any concrete proof or due process as required by the Constitution—you’re a terrorist, and New York State will list you in a public terrorist registry.

Your name, description, address, occupation, and photo would all be available to anyone with Internet access: your neighbors, employers—anyone.

And once a registry is created, it’s not difficult to imagine additional regulations following, particularly residency rules like those some jurisdictions apply to convicted sex offenders now, which ban them from living in certain parts of town.

It’s difficult to overstate how alarming it is that a bill this dangerous to due process and individual liberty has actually passed a state legislature. After all the uproar over Donald Trump’s outrageous Muslim registry idea, the New York state senate has quietly created a program that in its vagueness could pose an even more expansive threat.

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On Saturday, July 16th, WRFG celebrates its 43rd birthday! Harlon Joye celebrates his 2000th show on WRFG!

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On Saturday, July 16th, WRFG celebrates its 43rd birthday!  Harlon Joye celebrates his 2000th show on WRFG!  Why not have a party?  We’ll do just that at the CWA Local 3204 Hall on Logan Street.  We’ll have music with Hero The Band and DJ Tabone.  We’ll party 7 pm till Midnight.  Here’s to good times for WRFG!

Tickets are $10.  There is also a Host Committee ticket for $100.  As usual with WRFG, you can donate any amount you’d like over and above your $10 ticket!

When
Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 11:59 PM (EDT) 
Where
CWA Local 3204 – 279 Logan Street Southeast, Atlanta, GA 30312

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From Emancipation to Today’s Black Lives Matter

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Juneteenth celebrations will take place across the US this week-end, marking the emancipation of enslaved Africans in Texas on June 19, 1865.
Known as Freedom Day or Juneteeth Independence Day in Black communities across the US, The Labor Forum will examine its history and the legacy of slavery and white supremacy that underlies the current conditions and struggles of working people.

At 4:15pm, Anthony Ratcliff. Black Lives Matter activist and fellow organizer with Jasmine Richards will call in to update the WRFG audience about her case. She was convicted and sentenced to 90 days in jail for “felony lynching.” This California statute was enacted in response to racist white mobs seizing Black people from police custody by force. Ratcliff will describe what happened and how Jasmine’s arrest and sentencing represents a dangerous criminalization of anti-racists.

Tiffany Smith and Seyoum Bey will continue the discussion at 4:30pm, reflecting the views of young activists, organizing resistance in Atlanta, searching for solutions and solidarity.

The Labor Forum is aired every Monday,from 4-5pm on WRFG 89.3FM.
Audio and visual recordings of the program can be found on The Labor Forum YouTube channel and website.
For additional information, please visit our website http://www.wrfglaborforum.org

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