This statement from the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) summarizes our feelings on the events in Paris. Please read and circulate it as widely as possible.
Neither do we condone the bombings and murder of journalists at their headquarters, however much we are repulsed by their racist, chauvinist and hateful Islamophobic caricatures of oppressed people. Neither do we condone the subsequent murders at the Paris Kosher supermarket.
Yes, we are for free speech, freedom of expression and democratic rights for all, including the Muslim and antiwar activists who were banned by the French government from street protests in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, or the Muslim women who are banned from wearing the veil. We are for freedom of expression and the right to exist of Muslim Americans, 700,000 of whom have been investigated or interrogated in the U.S. for being Muslim, or the 1.5 million Latino immigrants in the U.S. who are imprisoned, detained and deported, or the entire world’s people who are victims of the all-pervasive high-tech surveillance of everyone’s personal means of communication by the U.S., France and all other so-called democratic nations.
More on the reality behind the so-called freedoms under imperialism.
People protested in 15 cities in the U.S. against Peña Nieto's visit January 5 and 6!
Report shows horrific and totally illegitimate, illegal torture by U.S. This is coming out of a lame duck Congress and is already under attack by Cheney and other fascists. The U.S. is in trouble over all the exposure of its crimes in the context of failing to accomplish their objectives in horrific wars for empire.
No more imperialist pigs murdering our youth all over the world!
Robot warfare combined with craziness right out of some really bad Armageddon movies is what the world is about under this system. The you know who's just won the U.S. midterm elections and will be demanding a more open war on the world. The dialogue below is a must check out!
The U.S. empire is in a bind-- caught between opposing sets of enemies with few reliable allies in Syria and Iraq. They are unable to take a rational course and only seem to have the option of more violence to enforce not very clear objectives. The GOP winning the U.S. senate makes things crazier and more potentially explosive...
There is a growing war advocacy being created in the form of "who lost Syria and Iraq" attacks on the Obama administration for not being aggressive enough. We should be very concerned about this.
The PBS program below on the rise of ISIS had this as a running theme. Along with ex officials, the Soufan Group, a security firm, provided commentary. Nothing good for the people can come if the imps (imperialists) are the only ones setting the terms of this debate.
Global contention is setting the stage for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, China. There is the question of the relative weight of U.S. imperialist intervention in the protests. Are they principally based on the people's legitimate aspirations or on imp machinations?
The U.S. is facing a difficult situation-- a cobbled together power sharing between ruling warlords. The Status of Forces Agreement which even Karzai would not agree to now in place to allow indefinite U.S. forces in the country.
This war is blatantly illegal-- the second link documents this. Rules against bombing civilians are being relaxed-- see first link.
It Links to the religious letter which has the problem of trying to tell the imperialists how to do their job. Won't work, at least for the people. Same problem with Chelsea Manning's suggestions in her article.