|Progressive Calendar 03.21.11||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2011 13:23:27 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 03.21.11 1. Libya 3.21 4:30pm 2. Bradley Manning 3.21 5pm 3. Peace walk 3.21 6pm RiverFalls WI 4. Think/talk 3.21 6pm 5. Community-owned 3.21 7pm 6. Dave Bicking - Libya --------1 of 6-------- From: WAMM <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Libya 3.21 4:30pm [WAMM] Fwd: iraqpeaceaction calls for emergency protest: Say NO to U.S. War in Libya Emergency Protest: Say NO to U.S. War in Libya Monday, March 21 4:30 PM Minneapolis Federal Building 4th Street & 3rd Ave. South Downtown Minneapolis Endorsed by Anti-War Committee and WAMM For more information: 612 827-5364. On Saturday, March 19 the U.S. and other powers launched military strikes against Libya. Join an emergency protest to speak out against a new U.S. war in the Middle East. [ed comment Obama starts wars Obama ends no wars We can't make Obama not start a war We can't make Obama end a war Obama doesn't listen Obama doesn't have to listen Obama doesn't want to listen Obam won't listen End the wars by ending the system that makes them Protest the wars - protest the system ] --------2 of 6-------- From: Facebook <notification+kr4ma254ennx [at] facebookmail.com> Subject: Bradley Manning 3.21 5pm Event: Free Bradley Manning! We demand a meeting! Start Time: Monday, February 21 at 5:00pm End Time: Monday, February 21 at 6:00pm Location: Senator Amy Klobuchar's Minneapolis Office To see more details, follow the link below: http://www.facebook.com/n/?event.php&eid=109335649142106&mid=3b91020G5af33cc48ac6G71a562G7&bcode=YOuKs&n_m=shove001%40tc.umn.edu --------3 of 6-------- From: Nancy Holden <d.n.holden [at] comcast.net> Subject: Peace walk 3.21 6pm RiverFalls WI River Falls Peace and Justice Walkers. We meet every Monday from 6-7 pm on the UWRF campus at Cascade Ave. and 2nd Street, immediately across from "Journey" House. We walk through the downtown of River Falls. Contact: d.n.holden [at] comcast.net. Douglas H Holden 1004 Morgan Road River Falls, Wisconsin 54022 --------4 of 6-------- >From web [at] mnatheists.org Fri Mar 18 13:40:42 2011 Subject: Think/talk 3.21 6pm Monday March 21, 6:00pm Freethought Toastmasters Larpenteur Estates Party Room, 1276 Larpenteur Ave. W, St. Paul 55113 This group meets the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month. Contact George Kane, nup [at] Minn.net for more information. --------5 of 6-------- From: Leslie Reindl <alteravista [at] usfamily.net> Subject: Community-owned 3.21 7pm 7-9 pm: Toward a Community-Owned Economy: Exploring Possible vs. Probable Futures as Planning Tools [Designing the Framework] Community Support and Development Center and community-owned agriculture as cornerstones (Monday March 21). Free Part of EXCOTC (Experimental Community Education of the Twin Cities, sign up at www.excotc.org) Room 214 Campus Center, Macalester College Presented by Wilhelm Reindl. FFI alteravista [at] gmail.com, 651-633-4410 --------6 of 6-------- Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2011 12:21:59 -0500 From: Dave Bicking <dave [at] colorstudy.com> Subject: Emergency demo for Libya - today, Monday, 4:30pm I am just sick about the bombing of Libya. I'm sure the US is killing more civilians than it is saving - hundreds of cruise missiles tends to do that. The stated aim of protecting civilians is a cover for the same interests of plunder and conquest that motivate all our other wars. The corporate media calls this our third simultaneous war against a Muslim nation - but that ignores Pakistan, so it is the fourth (not counting covert action and military aid throughout the Middle East in opposition to democratic movements). Please join me in an emergency demonstration in opposition. The US people need to come out into the streets to change our own government - the only hope for us and for the rest of the world. ***** TODAY, Monday, March 21, 4:30pm Federal Building in downtown Mpls, 4th St. between 3rd and 4th Aves. S. I hope you are receiving some news and analysis from alternative sources. This is NOT the same as the authentic movements for democracy in many other Middle Eastern and North African countries. In those, the US backs violent suppression (as in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia) or gives lip service to democracy while secretly propping up the dictators they have supported all along, or facilitating their removal so that the US can find another repressive government to take their place (Egypt, Tunisia). While there are legitimate grievances in Libya, and I am sure some genuine grassroots people inspired by Egypt, this is primarily a civil war. The rebellion has been prepared for years by US aid to the "rebels", who are well armed coming from bases in western Egypt. Many of the rebels are reactionary, even flying the flag of the old Libyan monarchy. Only in Libya do you see a "democracy" movement armed with tanks, machine guns, and anti- aircraft weapons. The goal is to overthrow Gaddafi and establish a pro-Western government friendly to Western oil interests, or at the least to divide Libya and control the eastern oil-rich region including the city of Benghazi. The Obama administration is not a "reluctant participant" as generally portrayed in the media, but has pushed for war. The true situation in Libya is complex. Gaddafi has been repressive, and for the last 8 years has done much more to ingratiate himself with the US and foreign oil corporations. On the other hand, he still has a lot of support in Libya, having successfully overthrown the monarchy 42 years ago, nationalizing the oil, and providing free education and health care and other benefits for the people with the nation's oil wealth. Whatever you may think about the Libyan government and Gaddafi, a military attack by the US and the former colonial powers is the worst thing that can happen for the Libyan people. Below is the demonstration call from WAMM and others, followed by some articles they have included. Dave Bicking Dear Peacemakers, Please join us for an Emergency Protest to Say NO to the U.S. War in Libya Monday, March 21st @ 4:30 PM Minneapolis Federal Building 4th Street & 3rd Ave. South, Downtown Minneapolis On Saturday, March 19 the U.S. and other powers launched military strikes against Libya. Join an emergency protest to speak out against a new U.S. war in the Middle East. Initiated by Women Against Military Madness. Endorsed by Anti-War Committee, Twin Cities Peace Campaign and others. For more information: 612 827-5364. *For information and analysis on the attacks on Liby*a see below. Peace in the struggle, Marie Braun For Twin Cities Peace Campaign 612-522-1861 STATEMENT FROM THE INTERNATIONAL ACTION STOP THE U.S. WAR AGAINST LIBYA AND BAHRAIN! The International Action Center calls on all anti-war and social justice activists to call Emergency Response STOP THE U.S. WAR AGAINST LIBYA AND BAHRAIN actions in their areas on Friday, March 18 or Saturday, March 19, or to mobilize support for any already existing anti-war demonstrations called to mark the anniversary of the Iraq War, with this statement and signs to STOP THE U.S. WAR AGAINST LIBYA AND BAHRAIN, as well as to intensify the mobilization for the April 9th and 10th Anti-War demonstrations in New York and San Francisco called by the United National Antiwar Committee. On March 17, 2011, Washington showed its true intentions by pushing through a U.N. Security Council resolution that amounts to a declaration of war on the government and people of Libya. A U.S. attack is the worst possible thing that could happen to the people of Libya. It also puts the unfolding Arab revolutions, which have inspired people across North Africa and Western Asia, in the gravest danger. The resolution goes beyond a no-fly zone. It includes language saying U.N. member states could "take all necessary measures" ... "by halting attacks by air, land and sea forces under the control of the Gadhafi regime."(CNN.com, Mar 17) The new resolution not only calls for attacks on Libyan aircraft and air defenses, but authorizes the strafing and bombing of ground forces as well. The U.S. and French governments immediately announced that they were ready to go. Britain and Italy are aiding. In essence the former colonial powers have begun an armed attack on the Libyan government and its people, backing one side of a civil war. No matter how one feels about Libya today and the role of the Gadhafi government; regardless of how one evaluates the Libyan opposition, a U.S.-led war or intervention in Libya is a disaster for the Libyan people, and for peace and progress around the world. BAHRAIN EXPOSES THE LIE ABOUT "PREVENTING ATTACKS ON CIVILIANS" The U.S. and its allies are repeating over and over the lie that they are trying to "prevent attacks on civilians" and are acting from humanitarian motives. But nobody should be fooled. Consider these "humanitarians" and how they react to Bahrain. The U.S. Fifth Fleet is based in Bahrain, which is an absolute monarchy. Its people have been valiantly trying to change their government for weeks. They had some initial success. The king responded with deadly repression and later with hints at reform. On March 14, however, hours after Secretary of Defense Gates visited Bahrain, the Bahraini government commenced a brutal crackdown, backed up by Saudi Arabian troops. Helicopters, tear gas, rubber bullets, and live ammunition were used, killing and injuring many people. Nearly all of Bahrain's security forces are foreign mercenaries. Unlike the Libyan rebels, the Bahraini people have absolutely no arms. But there has been no talk of a no-fly zone over Bahrain, let alone attacks on the murderous Bahraini and Saudi armies. NO BLOOD FOR OIL This is because the real motivation for the U.S. and its allies in both Bahrain and Libya, and indeed the whole region, is to control the OIL! It is Washington's main strategic interest and a primary financial interest for U.S. big business. This is true even though the U.S. is not directly dependent on imported oil from Libya. Oil is a worldwide commodity, and any country which imports oil must deal with a world market, no matter from which individual country or countries they import the oil. Of even more importance to the U.S. and Europeans is who controls the flow of oil. A military presence or a reliable puppet in Libya would give Washington --and to a lesser extent the European imperialists -- control of the oil spigot to Europe and also establish a military presence in North Africa from which to influence or prevent the development of the revolutions, especially in Egypt and Tunisia. ARAB LEAGUE "VOTE" FRAUD Not only a demonization campaign against the Libyan leader, but every form of fraud and propaganda is being used to push for this intervention, including a supposed "vote" by the Arab League supporting the latest U.N. resolution. Left unsaid is the fact that only 11 of the 22 members of the League even attended the meeting, which was held behind closed doors. Two of these 11 attending members, Syria and Algeria, made clear that they were completely opposed to military intervention in Libya. Meanwhile the corporate media has ignored a resolution by the African Union, representing 53 countries, which adamantly rejected a no-fly zone or other intervention. WHAT ABOUT GAZA? The U. S. blocked any UN action, even a toothless resolution, during the massive Israeli bombardment of Gaza in 2008 and also during the Israeli bombing and attempted invasion of Lebanon in 2006, as well as the continued bombardment of Gaza as recently as this week!. It is important that peace-loving and progressive people around the world develop a consistent approach opposing ALL U.S. intervention. This is the only way to avoid becoming just an echo of the U.S. State Department and Pentagon. U.S., French, British, Italian hands off Libya! NO to the U.S. supported attack on the people's movement of Bahrain! U.S. Out of Arab and African Lands! ****************************************************** War on Libya: U.S. and NATO air strikes, cruise missile attacks begin Commentary by Kosta Harlan | March 19, 2011 Protest sign from March 19: U.S. hands off the Arab revolution! (Fight Back! News/Staff) With missiles from French fighter jets and cruise missiles from U.S. naval forces stationed off the coast of Libya, the large scale foreign intervention aimed at overthrowing the Libyan government began on Saturday March 19 - exactly eight years after the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq began. The air strikes come just 48 hours after the UN Security Council voted - with abstentions from China, Russia, Brazil, India, and Germany - to implement a "no fly zone" over Libya. U.S. military leads the way in "Operation Odyssey Dawn" The U.S. Department of Defense noted that "U.S. military forces are on the leading edge of the coalition operation, taking out Libya's integrated air and missile defense system". The military operation is called "Operation Odyssey Dawn". The U.S. began its assault in Libya with 110 Tomahawk cruise missiles (at a cost of $2 million each) launched from U.S. submarines and frigates. Twenty-five naval frigates from the U.S., the United Kingdom, France and Canada are positioned off the coast of Libya, ready to launch further strikes on the country. Meanwhile, French fighter jets were reported to have bombed a number of targets in Libya. Libyan state television is also reporting that Libya's air defenses shot down a French fighter jet, although this has not yet been confirmed. Military officials with NATO have pointed out that the current assault is only the first phase of the intervention. It is not yet clear what the second phase will encompass, but Al Jazeera is reporting that the targets will include ground forces and tanks. The air strikes and attacks on Libya took place despite the invitation from Libya's government to bring international observers into the country. Khaled Kaim, Libya's deputy foreign minister, told the BBC, "the ceasefire is real, credible and solid. We are willing to receive observers as soon as possible". President Obama spoke as the assault began, noting that U.S. forces were "responding to calls of a threatened people". However, Obama made no mention of the threatened peoples and ongoing massacres of protestors in U.S.-backed dictatorships in Yemen and Bahrain. People of Libya resist foreign intervention Since the beginning of the current crisis, the media has portrayed the conflict in Libya as a struggle between the overwhelming majority of Libya's people and a dictatorship lacking any credibility or popular support. But whatever one's view of Colonel Gaddafi or the existing regime, if one looks past the pro-war propaganda, it is sufficiently clear that what is taking place in Libya more accurately resembles a civil war than a situation like Egypt or Tunisia. In those countries, overwhelming numbers of people demanded the fall of the regime, and the military and police forces of those governments were unable to suppress the revolt. But in Libya it is clear that just as there are significant numbers of people opposed to the regime, there are also masses of people who support the existing government and are willing to fight for it. Recall that just 72 hours ago, the rebel forces headquartered in Benghazi were nearly routed, and many talked about the collapse of the rebellion. And on February 15, as the crisis was beginning to unfold, thousands of people rallied in cities across Libya in support of the government. Al Jazeera is currently reporting that hundreds of people are camped out at Colonel Gaddafi's home at Bab al-Aziziyah, to protect it from possible air strikes, while thousands are reported to have attended rallies on March 19 in the capitol Tripoli against foreign intervention. Rather than so-called "humanitarian intervention" in defense of the overwhelming majority of people, what is taking place is a military intervention on one side of a civil war. Progressives must defend the right of the Libyan people to self-determination. It is not the place of western and historically colonial powers to intervene in the affairs of Libya. Whatever problems exist with Libyan society and government are best dealt with by the people of Libya, and not by imperialistic powers. The real reason for intervention in Libya Foreign intervention will not result in self-determination or independence for the Libyan people. Those who today defend the necessity for "liberation by cruise missile" in Libya should think about what took place in Iraq over the last twenty years. Like Libya, Iraq has massive oil reserves and occupies a strategic location in the region. Like Libya's Gaddafi, Iraq's leader Saddam Hussein was depicted in racist terms by the corporate media and as a "mad man" intent on oppressing his own people; and that military intervention in Iraq was for "humanitarian" purposes. In Iraq, the no fly zone resulted in thousands of air strikes that killed many civilians and patriotic Iraqis over several years. The no fly zone ultimately led to a declaration of war, invasion, and occupation that killed over 1,000,000 Iraqis, utterly devastated the country, and destroyed an independent, sovereign nation in the Middle East. The U.S., U.K., French, and Canadian forces, along with the rest of NATO, are not humanitarians. Their cruise missiles, naval frigates, bombs, bullets and troops will do nothing to improve the situation for the people of Libya or anywhere else in the region. They are opportunistically seeking to seize control of Libya's vast oil reserves - the largest reserves in the African continent - and re-assert dominance in a region that is shaking from a powerful storm of revolutions against corrupt U.S.-backed dictatorships. U.S. anti-war movement calls to end U.S. intervention in Libya The same day that the air strikes began in Libya, tens of thousands were protesting in the United States to mark the 8th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. At many of these demonstrations, calls to end the U.S. aggression against Libya were being heard. On April 9, thousands of people will converge again in New York City and San Francisco to protest the Iraq, Afghanistan wars, and now the assault in Libya. While progressive forces in the U.S. have held sharply differing views on the nature of the conflict in Libya, the entire progressive movement can and must unite on the basis of opposing further U.S. attacks on Libya and supporting the right of the Libyan people to determine their own destiny, free from foreign interference. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- - David Shove shove001 [at] tc.umn.edu rhymes with clove Progressive Calendar over 2225 subscribers as of 12.19.02 please send all messages in plain text no attachments vote third party for president for congress for governor now and forever Socialism YES Capitalism NO To GO DIRECTLY to an item, eg --------8 of x-------- do a find on --8 Research almost any topic raised here at: CounterPunch http://counterpunch.org Dissident Voice http://dissidentvoice.org Common Dreams http://commondreams.org Once you're there, do a search on your topic, eg obama drones
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