Issue 378 - September 2007
- Dreams and Nightmares in Iraq
- US-Style Repression in El Salvador
- A Mad Plan for No Nukes in Scotland
In This Issue
The links between Pakistan's intelligence agencies and the country's militant Islamists have long been apparent.
El Salvador followed closely the passage and application of the PATRIOT Act in the United States, passing its own "Anti-terrorism Law" and using it to target activists.
Tens, even hundreds of thousands of people can drive by a sign next to a highway before one of them takes so much as five minutes to go take it down.
|From the Editor's Desk|| |
What a din this issue of Peacework raises! Howls of laughter, and howls of grief; soldiers barking orders, and civilians (some in earnest, some in staged re-enactment) begging for mercy; explosions, arguments, songs.
|Requiem for a Brave Woman||The logic of those who want Iraq to fail dictates that anything that might give hope must be destroyed.|
|Iraq: The World's Fastest Growing Refugee Crisis||While the US debates whether a civil war is raging in Iraq, thousands of Iraqis face the possibility of death every day all over the country.|
|Operation First Casualty||When I first heard about Operation First Casualty, I thought, "But won't that be too upsetting to the people? What if there are kids around?"|
|What Would It Be Like if the US Were Iraq?||The occupation force continues to bomb Billings MT, Flint MI, Philadelphia, Watts in Los Angeles, Anacostia in Washington DC, and other urban areas, attempting to target "safe houses" or "criminal gangs."|
|Maze of Injustice: Native American and Alaska Native Women Work to Stop the Violence||Some Indigenous women interviewed by Amnesty International said they didn't know any women in their community who had not experienced sexual violence.|
|Indigenous Support Initiatives||Programs run by Native American and Alaska Native women are vital in ensuring the protection and long-term support of Indigenous women who have experienced sexual violence.|
|Sweating in the Rain: Prisoners Reclaim a Spiritual Tradition||After the fire was lit, two of the men stepped back to look and then said, "It has been so long since we have stood by a fire, or even seen one." There were smiles all around.|
|The Mad Plan: Activists Blockade Nuclear Weapons Base in Scotland for an Entire Year||The Spaniards poured red paint over themselves and danced through the gate, unimpeded by the amused police.There has been a Tea Party, a Silent Disco, and even a "Banana Blockade."|
|Rise Up Singing: Raising our Voices Against Nuclear Weapons||I met the eyes of my arresting officers as I was carried away, singing with all of my force. One by one my friends joined me in the police van, and we continued to sing.|
|New England Protesters Demand to Be Heard||Shouting "Get back! Get back!" several court officers blocked the women's access to the area between counsel tables and the judge's bench.|
|Is Nonviolence the Only Way?||What's the more effective way, under what conditions, to defend against repressive violence -- answering violence, or explicit and strategic nonviolent struggle?|
|How You Can Help the Salvadoran Activists||By working in solidarity, we join the same struggle for sustainable communities, dignity, and self-determination in both countries.|
|Don't Mend It -- End it! Peace is Possible!||Our national assembly was terrific! Here are our action plans for the fall.|
|PIECES||Events, Gatherings, Opportunities, Resources, Campaigns|
|An Open Letter from Tito Meza||Despite the fact that we were taking Arlette out of state and that her mother will face deportation, we were denied the request for mother and child to visit.|