INSIDE PEACE will air on WGTV, Atlanta in Sep

The award-winning documentary INSIDE PEACE will now be shown on PBS in Atlanta and across the US!  If you missed the Atlanta premier of this film at The Jimmy Carter Library in May or would like to see it again, you now have the opportunity to do so in the comfort of your own home!

An Award Winning Documentary

INSIDE PEACE is a documentary about four prison inmates marked by generations of violence and addiction who attend Peace Education classes in a Texas prison.  We witness these inmates’ internal struggles to rediscover their humanity and the potential for rebuilding positive lives on the outside.  The film was screened at 15 international film festivals in 2015 and won 10 awards.

PBS Schedule in Atlanta and the US

In Atlanta, INSIDE PEACE will air on WGTV on the following dates and times (Eastern Time Zone):

  • Monday, September 4 at 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday, September 5 at 1:00 AM
  • Tuesday, September 5 at 9:00 AM
  • Tuesday, September 5 at 3:00 PM
  • Thursday, September 7 at 10:00 AM
  • Thursday, September 7 at 4:00 PM
  • Sunday, September 10 at 5:00 AM

The full US PBS schedule is posted on the INSIDE PEACE website at www.insidepeacemovie.com/pbs

 

 

More about the film, including the movie trailer, interviews and excerpts, can be found at www.insidepeacemovie.com.

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The West and International Terrorism

The West and International Terrorism
By Prof. Jules Dufour
Global Research, August 01, 2017

It is important to tell the truth. Terrorism in its various manifestations is generated and fomented by the aggressions of the West throughout the world.

Aggressions against whole nations. Aggressions of the past, but above all domination, plunder and the slow and inexorable destruction of national economies and the social fabric of a increasingly large number of countries.

A total of 55 wars implemented directly or by proxy by the West including US-NATO since the beginning of the 20th century.

The fallacious discourse propagated in the international political arena continues to legitimize Western warfare operations, by hiding the factors behind them. This assertion is corroborated by all those who have understood the underlying stratagems of propaganda of power politics. Two of them, Noam Chomsky and André Vltchek, proposed an analysis of this global situation in a book published by Éditions écosociété, entitled “The Wes’ Terrorism [L’Occident Terroriste]. From Hiroshima to the Drones’ War”. They give a picture of past centuries:

“There are certainly two ways of talking about terrorism, because terrorism is not considered as such when it is practiced (and in a much more deadly form) by those who, Their power, are adorned with virtue. ”

“Since the end of the Second World War, Western colonialism and neo-colonialism have caused the death of 50 to 55 million people, most often in the name of lofty ideals such as freedom and democracy. Yet the West manages to escape with impunity and to maintain, in the eyes of the rest of the world, the myth that it is invested with some moral mission.”

How does it work? Both authors criticize the fatal legacy of colonialism and the shameless exploitation of natural resources of the planet in the West. This book of interviews is augmented by two articles published in the wake of the attack on the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in Paris in January 2015, denouncing Western hypocrisy for terrorism ‘It has largely contributed to developing’.

The theses propagated in the West are those of the conquerors. All those who oppose the policies of intervention in the world by the Western powers are labeled terrorists or enemies of democracy. In this context, there is no mention of the process of militarization of economies and societies.

The capitalist state takes over the world’s political and social scene and acts in a dictatorial way in collaboration with the mainstream media which echo this situation by normalizing it in the eyes of the public.

Lies and false truths are then propagated ad nauseam, all supported by experts selected to corroborate them. It is the spread of the single thought so much decried in recent decades. It is the general wandering which develops the syndrome of the enemy and attacks on the individuals with the so-called terrorist profile according to the definition proposed by the Western experts.

I. Terrorism defined by the West

People gathering, chalk drawings and flowers for the victims. The largest message says (translated from French), Brussels is beautiful, with further inscriptions of Stop violenceStop warUnity, and Humanity. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Terrorism defined in the West (by the Western establishment) corresponds to all forms of activity that threaten the interests of those who control the heart of the capitalist world. The popular demonstrations in the streets of major metropolitan areas demanding the protection of their rights and social justice, associations fighting for the protection of these rights and, strictly speaking, progressive states are considered as a threat.

The attacks in Paris in November 2015 and those in Brussels in March 2016 made it possible to reaffirm the fallacious discourse of the Westerners. This tracking of the jihadists, this concentration of the news directed towards so-called radicalized and dangerous individuals has not yet allowed a reflection on the true supporters of international terrorism. Yet the war on terror should be elucidated in the eyes of the general public. On the contrary, it is being sought to speak of it as a search for individuals around the world who “threaten” the global security of the planet. 

II. Terrorism practiced by the West

It is important to tell the truth. The attacks in Paris and in Brussels lead nation states to adopt measures to control the people and thus militarize the civil society and it institutions. This regime, Latin America has known it for decades with the prolonged reign of several dictatorships and, in particular, in Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Chile. A permanent state of siege and the loss of all civil rights and fundamental freedoms. This is what is now taking shape in Europe’s Shengen space. Deployment of police and armed forces, increased control of people’s movements, multiple searches, monitoring of strategic sites such as nuclear power stations and military bases. It will increasingly be the expression of state terrorism exercised over all citizens. A worrying prospect at the highest point.

III. Radicalization. A concept that applies well to the contingents of national armies

Another misleading conception diffused from all sectors of human activity: The phenomenon of radicalization. Individuals would be trained to develop radical thinking and to act violently to the detriment of innocent citizens. According to this view, this behavior appears to be the result of indoctrination and deep deviance. In this speech, it is forgotten that soldiers of the national armed forces around the world are trained to perform warlike actions, to kill human beings and, above all, to obey the orders dictated by the commandments. Can their actions be characterized as radical? These soldiers accept two elements: “Kill or be killed”. How can we conceal this reality and repeat that these soldiers are there to defend their country? They are trained to destroy an “enemy” that is taken care of in collective thought.

IV. Double Standards.

The West’s victims are acknowledged. The victims in poor countries are “statistics”. Examples: Brussels and Aden

This is exactly what we saw with the attacks in Brussels and those that took place a few days later, on March 25, in Yemen. The Brussels attacks, which killed 34 people and more than 200 wounded, resulted in a considerable deployment of police and armed forces and caused a global shock and concern. Yemeni suicide car bombs against three dams held by loyalist forces in the large port city of southern Yemen killed at least 22 people (Journal Le Devoir, 26 and 27 March 2016, P. 5). A dispatch appears at the bottom of an inner page. No tribute is paid to the victims. These events, which took place in Yemen as well as those that mark the invasion wars of the West in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Conclusion

The Paris and Brussels attacks revealed, once again, the blindness of the West over the terrorist actions which they continue to perpetrate in vast regions of the world.

The Global War on Terror delivered by the United States since 2001 Caused the Death of 1.3 Million People according to a Report entitled “Body Count: Casualty Figures After 10 Years of the War on Terror” Organizations International Association of Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW, 1985 Nobel Peace Prize), Physicians for Social Responsibility and Physicians for Global Survival.

This report asserts, based on various sources, including governmental, that the death toll of 1.3 million deaths is “a low estimate” and does not take into account other countries in conflict (Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Syria ). 500 deaths a day in Iraq.

Here we take up the conclusion of Michel Collon analyzing the attacks in Brussels:

“The attacks are not inevitable, they are the result of a policy. Conducted in Washington. Then to London and Paris. Brussels following slavishly. Gentlemen, you are therefore jointly responsible. Do we have the right to debate it – in “democracy” – or will you still be pressing for the media to be silent? “.

 

Translated from the French original

Jules Dufour, Ph.D., C.Q. is Professor Emeritus, Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), Knight (Chevalier) National Order of Quebec, Member of the World Commission on Protected Areas the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Gland, Switzerland, Member of the Universal Circle of Ambassadors for Peace, Paris.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-west-and-international-terrorism/5601928

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Solidarity with Palestine: An Interfaith Prayer & Rally for Peace and Justice in the Holy Land

Solidarity with Palestine:
An Interfaith Prayer & Rally for Peace and Justice in the Holy Land

Friday, July 28
5:00pm-7:00pm
Israeli Consulate (1100 Spring St, Atlanta, GA 30309)

Atlanta joins cities around the world rallying in solidarity with Palestinians who are peacefully protesting and praying for a free Al Aqsa Mosque, a free Jerusalem, and a free Palestine.

Over the past two weeks, Israeli Occupation Forces have prevented worshippers from freely attending prayer at Al Aqsa Mosque, imposing tight security on worshipers in the Old City of Jerusalem as part of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s plan to gradually exert greater control over holy sites.

When Palestinians peacefully protested these unjust and illegal restrictions, Israeli occupation forces replied by firing live ammunition, unleashing dogs, and firing tear gas, killing several Palestinian youth.

In addition these rising tensions in Jerusalem, the people of Gaza continue to suffer a brutal blockade, receiving an average of only 3 hours of electricity per day. Gaza should have electricity, clean drinking water, functioning hospitals, and opportunities to rebuild. This means that the Israeli government must end its brutal blockade, and the world must pressure them to do just that. We also demand an end to American complicity in the illegal military occupation of Palestine.

Please join us this Friday at 5 pm at the Israeli Consulate (1100 Spring St.) with signs of solidarity, candles for our interfaith vigil, and chants in support of peace for Jews, Christians, Muslims and all others in the Holy Land. Stand for peace, resistance and justice. Stand against the occupation, state violence, repression and discrimination.

This event is sponsored by the Atlanta chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace and CAIR Georgia, along with the support of co-sponsors:

-Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)Atlanta
-GA Green Party
-Southerners on New Ground (SONG)
-Black Lives Matter Atlanta
-Street Groomers
-Asian Americans Advancing for Justice
-Project South
-Georgia Peace & Justice Coalition
-International Action Center

 

Local sponsors plan to share words of solidarity and public prayer to mirror our sisters and brothers doing the same in front of Al Aqsa this Friday.

Link to the Facebook page

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WRFG Summer Pledge Drive & 44th Birthday Celebration!!!

Friends and Supporters of Independent, Community Radio,

WRFG 89.3FM, your station for progressive information, began its 2017 Three Week Summer Pledge Drive on July 17.

A hallmark of our station is the committed listeners and supporters who have provided the bulk of the budget that sustains a non-commercial 100.000 watt, around the clock station, year after year since 1973.

24 hours a day, you can call 404.523.8989 and speak with an airshifter who will gladly take your pledge.

Advances in technology now allow you to contribute to the station by going online at http://www.wrfg.org on your computer or smart phone and donating quickly and securely.

And of course, you are welcome to mail a check or hand deliver your donation at 1083 Austin Ave NE, Atlanta 30307 or call WRFG office at 404.523.3471.

Please help us make our goal of $50,000 by Aug. 6. Every dollar is needed to pay our re-occurring bills over the summer months.
WRFG is a 501(c)3 organization and your donations are tax deductible as allowed under IRS rules.

The pledge drive coincides with our 44th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION!!!!

 

We invite all listeners and supporters to celebrate the amazing reality of a progressive, community radio station that runs
24 hours a day with all volunteers — and without commercials. There is no other station in Atlanta that offers the diversity of music and on-air hosts and progressive, community-driven content.

The party is Saturday, July 29 from 7pm-midnight at Stagga Lee’s Goodtime Emporium, 1945 Moreland Ave SE 30316(across from the Starlight Drive-in).

There will be food and beverages, music and dancing. A special attraction is line dancing instructor, Mr. CardioTone who will demonstrate the fun of group dancing.

There is no charge at the door but birthday “presents” will be joyfully accepted.

Please help spread the word about the Pledge Drive and Birthday Party by sharing this message and our Facebook event page.

Thank you.

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Join us for an Evening in Solidarity with Cuba on July 26

On the 64th anniversary of the Attack on the Moncado Garrison, the opening salvo in the Cuban Revolution, July 26, 1953

Join us for an Evening in Solidarity with Cuba

Wednesday, July 26, 6pm
Auburn Avenue Research Library
101 Auburn Ave. NE 30303
(corner of Auburn and Courtland, downtown)

Film screening and discussion

“All Guantanamo Is Ours” by Hernando Calvo Ospina
Cubans of all ages talk about what it means to them for the US to maintain a huge naval base and prison on their land.

End the US Blockade of Cuba! US, Return Guantanamo to Cuba! End All US Interference in Cuba’s Internal Affairs!

For more information, e-mail atlanta4cuba@yahoo.com

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Report from United National Antiwar Coalition conference on Monday June 26

Last weekend, several hundred activists gathered in Richmond, VA for the United National Antiwar Coalition conference (. Our two guests at the Labor Forum program from 4:30-4:55pm are Ajamu Baraka, Black Alliance for Peace and Taryn Fivek, International Action Center, who participated in the conference. The Labor Forum considers the struggle against imperialist war and intervention a key part of winning workers’ rights and power. We will ask our guests about the conference discussion and any future action plans.

The Labor Forum airs every Monday from 4-5pm on WRFG 89.3FM, is streamed on wrfg.org and has a mobile app. For more information, see wrfglaborforum.org

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