NYCLAW Antiwar Digest (11.14.08)

10 DAYS AFTER

Obama: Keep Lieberman
“We’d be happy to have Sen. Lieberman caucus with the Democrats. We don’t hold any grudges.”
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-lieberman12-2008nov12,0,6119173.story

The Empire’s New Clothes
The Empire wants new clothes and Obama is just the man to wear them.
http://www.blackagendareport.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=879&Itemid=1

Don’t Believe the Hype
Yes, Obama’s election is historic, a symbol of great change to many. But it is equally true that the American elite has grown adept at using the black middle and management class.
http://www.newstatesman.com/north-america/2008/11/barack-obama-pilger-texas

Yes We Can . . . What, Mr. Obama?
[I]f this was truly a victory for African-Americans, we’d see more [Rev.] Wrights than Rahms at Obama’s side in the White House.
http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/eo20081113a1.html

Obama, Rahm-bo and the End of the New American Century
If the change President-elect Obama has promised includes a halt to America’s wars of aggression and an end to the rip-off of taxpayers by powerful financial interests, what explains Obama’s choice of foreign and economic policy advisors?
http://www.palestinechronicle.com/view_article_details.php?id=14382

Does a Leopard Change its Spots?
[W]e should respond to Obama in exactly the same way we should have responded to Bush, that is to say through mobilization and now even more so given that he was elected on a platform of “change.”
http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m48694&hd=&size=1&l=e

Holding the Obama Administration Accountable, Part 1
The campaign to elect the president is over. The campaign to make the president DO what he was elected FOR is underway.
http://www.blackagendareport.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=887&Itemid=1

Them or Us?
[W]hether the policies of Rahm Emanuel and the rest of the New Democrat mafia are the future for the Obama era will depend largely on what kind of opposition that activists build — based on the idea that change is not only possible but has to be fought for.
http://socialistworker.org/2008/11/12/chief-of-fixing-for-obama

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PALESTINE

Israel Escalates Gaza Blockade
“This is a crime against innocent civilians.”
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-gaza14-2008nov14,0,5998371.story

Real Lessons of Kristallnacht
When Jewish mobs shouted “death to the Arabs” in Acre a few weeks ago, that was certainly reminiscent of pogroms in Europe. . . . The lesson of Kristallnacht is surely that any group of people, given the right set of circumstances, can become transformed from oppressed to oppressor.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/nov/10/germany-israel-palestinians

Acre Pogrom Springs From Zionism
As long as Israel continues to function as a “Jewish” state and continues its illegal and brutal occupation of Gaza and the West Bank there will be no resolution to the Palestinian-Israel conflict.
http://palestinechronicle.com/view_article_details.php?id=14365

PA Escalates Attacks on Hamas

Palestinian security forces were recently deployed in Hebron, where their presence is now heavily felt. Their primary target is Hamas.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1036788.html

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AFGHANISTAN & PAKISTAN

U.S. Kills 12 More Pakistanis
“They were American [missiles].”
http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/world/international-us-pakistan-missile.html?ref=world

Don’t Let Barack Obama Break Your Heart
[A]fter January 20th, expect Obama to take possession of George Bush’s disastrous Afghan War; and unless he is far more skilled than Alexander the Great, British empire builders, and the Russians, his war, too, will continue to rage without ever becoming a raging success.
http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175001/no_breathing_space_in_washington

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IRAQ

Gen. Tommy Franks: Obama Will ‘Do the Right Thing’
Retired U.S. Army Gen. Tommy Franks, who developed and executed the Iraq invasion plan, said President-elect Obama will ”do the right thing” when it comes to the war.
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-Franks-Obama.html

Obama May Keep Gates
[H]is appointment could mean that Mr. Obama was effectively shelving his campaign promise to remove most troops from Iraq by mid-2010.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122636621096215941.html

What Security?
“There is no security. We only hear about security from the TV stations.”
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/10/AR2008111000144.html

What Safety?
“The safety is just for the officials and ministers. The victims here are me and you, the helpless people.”
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-iraq13-2008nov13,0,6714674.story

Iraqi Communist Party Still Opposes Resistance
[T]aking up arms [against the occupation] would not only be wrong but would be a sin, and often turns into a crime.
http://www.politicalaffairs.net/article/articleview/7710/

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NYCLAW Antiwar Digest (11.11.08)

OVERVIEW

This Veterans Day, U.S. Soldiers Say ‘Stop the War’
We believe that veterans and active-duty GIs are in a key position to stop illegal and unjust war, and we are inspired by the resistance of troops who stood against the war in Vietnam. . . . It is in this vein that we turn to organizations like Courage to Resist, Iraq Veterans Against the War.
http://www.alternet.org/waroniraq/106404/this_veterans_day,_u.s._soldiers_say_%27stop_the_war%27/

Antiwar Protesters As Obama and Michelle Tour White House
Before the president-elect’s arrival, spectators three rows deep pressed against the north gate of the White House, eager for a glimpse. Farther back, antiwar protesters chanted, “No more war!”
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/asection/la-na-transition11-2008nov11,0,5420171.story

MFSO Opposes Delayed “Withdrawal”
[L]eaving U.S. combat troops in Iraq well into 2010, and leaving tens of thousands of additional troops in Iraq indefinitely, is not ending this war — it is continuing it.
http://www.nbc25online.com/news/story.aspx?id=219763

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SEVEN DAYS AFTER

Secret Order Lets U.S. Attack Many Countries
The Pentagon has exercised its authority frequently, dispatching commandos to countries including Pakistan and Somalia.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/10/washington/10military.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

Leading Democrat: Sometimes Continuity Trumps Change
“You’re going to see a lot more sympathy than you might expect between Obama and his chief military advisers.”
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/09/AR2008110902555.html

Obama’s Death Squads?
[D]eath squads will probably continue to play a central role in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan under an Obama administration.
http://counterpunch.org/lee11102008.html

Obama Silent While IVAW Was Beaten
[W]hile Matthis Chiroux and Nick Morgan and the other members of IVAW were being beaten by the police outside of the presidential debate, inside the presidential debate John McCain and Barack Obama didn’t even use the word “Iraq” or the word “Afghanistan.”
http://www.democracynow.org/2008/11/11/on_veterans_day_15_vets_of

Will Obama “Change” U.S. Foreign Policy?
[B]efore we get too excited, like many Americans have, about the “change” he will bring to America, let’s look at his first two presidential appointments.
http://www.nolanchart.com/article5437.html

Will Obama Stand Up For the Righteous Cause?
[A]n uncritical level of support of Obama is as much 4 more years as one can imagine.
http://www.blackcommentator.com/298/298_st_righteous_cause.html

Symbolism: Yes. Change: ?
We should understand the difference between the symbolism of a black man winning the presidency of the United States and the reality of a moderate liberal free marketeer who believes that there is a war on terror and that it can be won by killing Afghanis and other people whose religion and culture are used to define them as the enemy.
http://counterpunch.org/jacobs11122008.html

Progressives for Obama: Still Intoxicated
With a general absence of criticism during his campaign from Hayden and company, one would be hard put to imagine much of it taking place from now on.
http://nyc.indymedia.org/en/2008/11/101364.html

Struggle in the Obama-Era: What Next?
The great challenge for the small bands of the left is to anticipate this mass disillusionment, understanding that our task is not “how to move Obama leftward”, but to salvage and reorganise shattered hopes.
http://www.greenleft.org.au/2008/774/39910

Grassroots Must Avoid Hibernation
Despite the rhetoric for change, Obama’s foreign and domestic policies, for those who bothered to listen, offer little that we haven’t heard before.
http://www.newuniversity.org/main/article?slug=grassroots_must_avoid_hibernation169

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AFGHANISTAN & PAKISTAN

Obama and Generals Morphing on Afghanistan
The emerging broad strokes of Obama’s approach are likely to be welcomed by a number of senior U.S. military officials who advocate a more aggressive and creative course for the deteriorating conflict.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/10/AR2008111002897.html?sub=AR

G.I.’s in Remote Afghan Post Drawing Fire
“Basically, we’re the bullet sponge.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/10/world/asia/10outpost.html?ref=world

Occupation Forces Kill 14 More Afghani Civilians
President Hamid Karzai and a provincial governor accused the U.S.-led coalition of killing 14 Afghans who were guarding a road construction project. . . . Later, a 12-year-old boy was reported killed when Pakistani helicopter gunships attacked
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-afghan11-2008nov11,0,2457145.story

Occupation Breeds Resistance
The perceived poison of a foreign occupation, the rampant corruption, the all-too-frequent desecration of Islam by the occupiers, the sheer folly of the US/NATO seeking to extend the writ of a central government into the Pashtun tribal regions, the spiraling count of civilian deaths has shifted the Afghan struggle towards being a war of national liberation.
http://www.uruknet.de/?s1=1&p=47790&s2=08

The Case for U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan
[I]t’s not just that the Afghan population believes that the Taliban resistance is legitimate; that resistance is legitimate under international law.
http://www.fpif.org/fpiftxt/5658

Pakistani Forces Mired in Battle to Oust Taliban
To save Loe Sam, the army has destroyed it. . . . “You keep killing them,” Colonel Saeed said, “but you still have them around.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/11/world/asia/11pstan.html?_r=1&ref=world&oref=slogin

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IRAQ

What “Self-Sufficiency”?
“Everyone knows the Iraqi security forces are not going to be self-sufficient by 2011.”
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/08/AR2008110801029.html

Will Obama Adjust His Timetable?
The hope among senior officers in Iraq is that President-elect Obama will make good on another promise he’s made over an over again from the stump: “We must be as careful getting out of Iraq as we were careless getting in.”
http://news.yahoo.com/s/time/20081107/us_time/willobamahavetoadjusthistimetableoniraq

Change on the Way?
“Most of Obama’s speeches were only for campaigning,” said foreign affairs official Abd al-Barie Zebari. “The likelihood that Washington will change its Iraq policies is limited.”
http://www.metimes.com/Security/2008/11/07/iraq_wary_over_troops_despite_obama_plans/85f0/

New Gulf War Syndrome
Thousands of soldiers coming home from the war may have been exposed to chemicals that are known to cause cancers and neurological problems.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/nov/11/cia-rendition-raids-al-qaida

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PALESTINE

Palestinian Village Turning Into Ghetto
Encircled by half a dozen Jewish settlements like Hashmonaim — all illegal under international law — the village is slowly being sealed off in a fashion that may soon make its isolation almost as complete as Gaza’s.
http://www.thenational.ae/article/20081110/FOREIGN/137859693/1011

Army Escalates Attack on Nonviolent Resistance
[T]he army has focused on a number of activists protesting the security fence, those who help Palestinians harvest their olives, and others.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1035176.html

Israel Boycott Isn’t Limited to ’67 Occupation
Ignoring Israel’s denial of refugee rights and its own system of racial discrimination against its “non-Jewish” citizens, the two other fundamental injustices listed in the BDS Call, is tantamount to accepting these two grave — certainly not any less evil — violations of human rights and international law as a given, or something that “we can live with.” Well, we cannot.
http://www.palestinechronicle.com/view_article_details.php?id=14369

Israeli Apartheid Institutions: The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra & the Batsheva Dance Company
The Middle East Task Force of Ann Arbor, Michigan is organizing a nonviolent protest outside the Hill Auditorium on Sunday, November 16, 2008, at 3:00 PM in support of the boycott of two Israeli cultural organizations touring the US.
http://nextyearinalquds.blogspot.com/2008/11/israeli-apartheid-institutions.html

NYCLAW Antiwar Digest (11.08.08)

FOUR DAYS AFTER

Our Obama Problem
The only hope is that people will take him, not at his word, because he has not promised anything, but at what they think his word is, and will react furiously when he betrays their (unfounded) hopes.
http://counterpunch.org/bricmont11072008.html

Obama’s Limits Are Key
Barack Obama will be the catalyst for a new movement, away from false hope and false promises, not because he will deliver to the people of this country anything worthwhile, but because he won’t. . . .
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21167.htm

Rising Popular Expectations
The people by the tens of millions have awakened and they have desperate expectations.
http://www.workers.org/2008/us/presidential_election_1113/

What People Want
Tens of millions of people want a new direction. The question is whether they can be organized to fight for it.
http://socialistworker.org/2008/11/07/new-shape-of-US-politic

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AFGHANISTAN & PAKISTAN

U.S. Missile Kills 10+ More Pakistanis
Scores of people have been killed in missile strikes and a Sept. 3 cross-border commando raid, but no top al Qaeda or Taliban leaders have been reported to have died. . . . The United States has shrugged off Pakistani protests.
http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/world/international-pakistan-violence-missile.html?ref=world

A Certain Path to Self-Destruction
War has destroyed five presidencies in the last 90 years, those of Woodrow Wilson, Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and George W. Bush. History says it will destroy Obama’s too if he really meant it when he said he will fight in Afghanistan, that graveyard for empires.
http://counterpunch.org/velvel11072008.html

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PALESTINE

Obama and Gaza
[P]rogressive people across this country, you know, instead of basking in the euphoria, need to pick themselves up today and start demanding that the Obama administration immediately end the siege of Gaza.
http://www.alternet.org/columnists/story/106196/why_iraqis%2C_afghans%2C_palestinians%2C_and_others_might_be_nervous_about_president_obama/

Emanuel’s Proud, Racist Father
“Obviously he will influence the president to be pro-Israel. Why wouldn’t he be? What is he, an Arab? He’s not going to clean the floors of the White House.”
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1225910047157

New “Tolerance” Museum on Stolen Palestinian Land
The Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Centre is the main promoter of the museum, designed by renowned US architect Frank Gehry.
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5gWXdcL0vC644PKsedJ83z6us8XpQ

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IRAN

Obama’s New Threats
“Iran’s development of a nuclear weapon, I believe, is unacceptable. And we have to mount an international effort to prevent that from happening.”
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/08/AR2008110801154.html

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IRAQ

Obama’s Real Plans
The campaign was very vague about describing troops’ withdrawal, all the troops, within 16 months. Now, the fine print of the campaign suggests the opposite, actually.
http://www.alternet.org/columnists/story/106196/why_iraqis%2C_afghans%2C_palestinians%2C_and_others_might_be_nervous_about_president_obama/

About That Timetable
Michael O’Hanlon, a national security expert at the Brookings Institution in Washington, said that Obama has enough political capital to free him from “pleasing the left” of the Democratic Party as he presses forward with his strategy for Iraq and Afghanistan.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-iraq-troops_madhani_07nov07,0,1270759.story

Emanuel Defends War
“I still believe that getting rid of Saddam Hussein was the right thing to do, OK?”
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=80411

Following U.S. Election, Puppet Regime More Openly Tolerant of Occupation
The Iraqi government, made up of exiles who were able to rise to power only as a result of the American invasion, has been looking for a way to support the pact without appearing to be kowtowing to Americans.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/07/world/middleeast/07iraq.html?hp

But Iraqis Are Still Opposed
“We will continue to condemn the Iraqi-American pact because it will legislate the American presence in Iraq.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/08/world/middleeast/08iraq.html?_r=1&ref=world&oref=slogin

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SAUDI ARABIA

Hunger Strike for Real Democracy
Saudi Arabia is an absolute monarchy that does not tolerate dissent, political parties or nongovernmental civil and human rights groups. The strike’s organizers could face arrest.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/06/AR2008110603243.html

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GEORGIA

Georgia Waged Indiscriminate War
Georgia’s inexperienced military attacked the isolated separatist capital of Tskhinvali on Aug. 7 with indiscriminate artillery and rocket fire, exposing civilians, Russian peacekeepers and unarmed monitors to harm.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/07/world/europe/07georgia.html?hp

And Killed Civilians With Israeli Cluster Bombs
[R]esearchers from Human Rights Watch found wreckage from Israeli-supplied rockets with bomblets that had been used by Georgia, suggesting a “massive technical failure.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/06/world/europe/06cluster.html?ref=world

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ISLAMOPHOBIA

Young Muslims’ Mixed Emotions on Obama
“In my community, people were saying to me, ‘Who do we support?’ The person who is making the stereotype? Or the person who is not defending us?”
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/07/nyregion/07muslims.html?ref=nyregion

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LABOR AND ECONOMY

Emanuel — Free Trade Champion
[H]e was a point man in the White House in the fight to pass the North American Free Trade Agreement and similar deals that have been passionately opposed by the very labor, environmental and farm groups that were essential players in electing Obama.
http://www.thenation.com/doc/20081117/nichols2?rel=rightsideaccordian

Emanuel Was Director of Freddie Mac During Scandal

The oversight report said the board had been apprised of the suspect accounting tactics but “failed to make reasonable inquiries of management.”
http://www.abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=6201900&page=1

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ANTIWAR MOVEMENT

IVAW Challenges Obama
Our message remains the same: it is time to immediately withdraw all occupying forces from Iraq; it is time to end the death and destruction facing the people of Iraq and address the needs of the Iraqi people; and it is time to provide our veterans with the care and benefits that they need and have earned through their service to our country.
http://ivaw.org/node/4524

But UFPJ Remains Enthralled
In his speech on Tuesday night, Barack Obama said, “This victory alone is not the change we seek. It is only the chance for us to make that change.” Obama has put forth the challenge and United For Peace and Justice is ready to meet that challenge as we work to change our nation’s path from militarism and greed to peace and justice.
http://www.unitedforpeace.org/article.php?id=3974

Nader Speaks Truth to Power . . .
[W]e’re really talking about just more of the same, in terms of the corporate domination of Washington.
http://i3.democracynow.org/2008/11/5/melissa_harris_lacewell_on_president_elect

And Smeared For It, Left and Right
[T]he fatuously hypocritical liberal left, after eight years of railing against Fox News for its Bush worship, is now applauding Fox News for its smears against Nader because Nader had the temerity not to immediately bow down and worship the new messiah.
http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m48569&hd=&size=1&l=e

NYCLAW Antiwar Digest (11.06.08)

TWO DAYS AFTER

Symbolism v. Substance
Celebrating the end of the ugly Bush era is one thing. Celebrating the continuation of their policies with a different administration in the White House is quite another.
http://www.zmag.org/znet/viewArticle/19380

A Matter of Style

“The basic difference is going to be style,” said Edward Walker, a former U.S. diplomat who is now a scholar at the Washington-based Middle East Institute.
http://www.freep.com/article/20081106/NEWS15/81106086

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WHAT IS RAHM EMANUEL?

Under the Hood
Emanuel’s made it a point to cozy up to big business, making him one of the most effective corporate fundraisers in the Democratic Party. He’s also a staunch advocate of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories. . . . Emanuel’s shinning moment came in 2006 as he helped funnel money and poured ground support into the offices of dozens of conservative Democrats, expanding his party’s control of the House of Representatives. Emanuel, who supports the War on Terror, and expanding our presence in Afghanistan, worked hard to ensure that a Democratic House majority would not alter the course of US military objectives in the Middle East.
http://www.zmag.org/znet/viewArticle/19380

Son of Irgun Terrorist, a Hardline Zionist
Rahm Emanuel was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1959, the son of Benjamin Emanuel, a pediatrician who helped smuggle weapons to the Irgun, the Zionist militia of former Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin, in the 1940s. The Irgun carried out numerous terrorist attacks on Palestinian civilians including the bombing of Jerusalem’s King David Hotel in 1946. . . . One of the most influential politicians and fundraisers in his party, Emanuel accompanied Obama to a meeting of AIPAC’s executive board just after the Illinois senator had addressed the pro-Israel lobby’s conference last June. . . . In Congress, Emanuel has been a consistent and vocal pro-Israel hardliner, sometimes more so than President Bush.
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article9939.shtml

Top Recipient of Wall Street Money
Rep. Rahm Emanuel, the Illinois congressman who was an aide in the Clinton White House, was the top House recipient in the 2008 election cycle of contributions from hedge funds, private equity firms and the larger securities/investment industry
http://www.hawaiireporter.com/story.aspx?92ff77a3-e51f-4b6a-8f98-fc2b420a7f87

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AFGHANISTAN & PAKISTAN

The Beat Goes On: More Atrocity as Afghanistan Braces for Obama’s Surge
The Democratic candidate’s stated polices on the conflict dovetail exactly with those of Rove, Bush and McCain: Thousands of more troops. More military hardware. More drone missile strikes, not only in Afghanistan but in Pakistan as well.
http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m48559&hd=&size=1&l=e

Taliban Warns Obama Against Escalation
“Till the time American forces leave Afghanistan and Iraq, and till the US pressure on the Pakistan government is maintained, the change in America’s leadership will be a meaningless thing.”
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7711068.stm

Pakistanis Skeptical About Obama
“Like every Pakistani, I feel scared of his intentions to attack our tribal areas.”
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7711068.stm

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IRAQ

Iraqis Worry About Obama
“We have seen nothing positive from any American president, and McCain and Obama are two faces of one coin, one policy.”
http://news.yahoo.com/s/mcclatchy/20081105/wl_mcclatchy/3092953

Iraq Puppet Regime Confident Obama Won’t Withdraw Troops Quickly
Obama has “reassured us that he would not take any drastic or dramatic decisions.”
http://wiredispatch.com/news/?id=443331

Iraq Vet Calls on Antiwar Movement to Press Obama for Immediate Withdrawal
I’m very excited about what an Obama candidacy — or Obama presidency, the kind of racial unity it can bring, but I’m worried that people in this country believe he is truly going to be an antiwar president, and he’s not. . . . If we want to see peace, the people need to get out and make that a reality. And they’re going to do that by supporting service members refusing to deploy to Iraq. They’re going to do that by opposing Barack Obama’s narrative of Afghanistan as somehow being good.
http://www.democracynow.org/2008/11/5/iraq_vet_calls_on_antiwar_movement

NYCLAW Antiwar Digest (11.05.08)

THE DAY AFTER

Obama rides to victory on wave of mass dissatisfaction
It began with frustration over the war in Iraq and broadened into fury and dismay over economic turmoil at home, with home prices falling, unemployment on the rise and consumer confidence shattered.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/05/us/politics/05senate.html?hp

Millions in streets seal Obama victory
Obama’s win reflects a movement of people throughout the country who fought right-wing attacks against voters of color and who repudiated both the outright racism of the McCain-Palin campaign and the barely concealed racism of Sen. Hillary Clinton’s primary campaign. It also reflects a desire to end the policies of endless war at home and abroad — despite how Obama himself stands on the issues.
http://www.workers.org/2008/us/obama_1113/

Meanwhile, in Iraq . . .
“It’s not like even if Obama is elected we’ll up and leave,” said Specialist James Real, 31, of Butte, Montana, as soldiers watched the returns on television at Forward Operating Base Falcon in Iraq.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/06/world/06worldreax.html?ref=world

Meanwhile, in Afghanistan . . .
“Obama will be able to work with his European allies to do a better job of selling the war to skeptical publics.”
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20081104.wcampafghan04/BNStory/Afghanistan/home

Meanwhile, in Albany, GA . . .
But much in this black-majority city of 75,000 also seems the same: neighborhoods remain starkly delineated by race, blacks are still five times more likely than whites to live in poverty and the public schools have so resegregated that 9 of every 10 students are black.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/05/us/politics/05civil.html?hp

Empire with a happy face
Obama is not offering a fundamental shift. His approach is more like hegemony with a happy face.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/nov/05/barackobama-foreignpolicy

How much of a difference?
There will be under Obama marginal improvements for some Americans although the corporate state, as Obama knows, will remain our shadow government and the working class will continue to descend into poverty. . . . An Obama presidency, however, will make no difference to those in the Middle East.
http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20081103_only_nader_is_right_on_the_issues/

And what it will take for real change
Obama has promised “change,” but the scale of change that is needed requires mass struggle from below.
http://socialistworker.org/2008/11/05/what-next-for-the-struggle

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AFGHANISTAN

Yet another U.S. massacre
A bombing run by fighter aircraft a short while later destroyed his compound and killed 37 people, including 23 children, 10 women and four men. . . . “What kind of security are the foreign troops providing in Afghanistan?”
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-afghan6-2008nov06,0,7682816.story

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IRAQ

Millions of Iraqis at risk from contaminated water, says Red Cross
The report found that the humanitarian situation in Iraq following the US invasion was the worst in the world.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/oct/29/iraq-middleeast-red-cross

The Torturer’s Tale
It was fine to douse the prisoner with icy water and put him in front of an air-conditioner, so long as the paperwork was in order
http://www.thefirstpost.co.uk/45726,opinion,the-torturers-tale?WTmc_id=rss

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PALESTINE

Israel violates Gaza truce, killing 6 Palestinians
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns in the strongest possible terms the killing of six Palestinians carried out by the Israeli Occupation Forces in the Gaza Strip yesterday evening and this morning.
http://www.pchrgaza.org/files/PressR/English/2008/102-2008.html

Nablus undaunted
I am still amazed at the dignity and resolve that remains with a people who are forced to live under the strangling conditions of military control.
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article9928.shtml

NYCLAW Antiwar Digest (11.04.08)

ELECTION DAY REALITY CHECK

Obama & Iran
Democrats and Republicans are of one mind in their resolve to step up undercover operations in Iran backed by the threat of a full-scale economic blockade or military action.
http://counterpunch.org/mayer10292008.html

Obama & Iraq
Obama says that Americans will have to tighten their belts because of the “cost of the war in Iraq.” Doesn’t that mean that the war will continue?
http://www.thenation.com/blogs/dreyfuss/378887/obama_and_iraq?rel=hpbox

Obama & Afghanistan
How would you explain to an Afghani child that Obama is the lesser of two evils when he’s going to escalate the massive crimes against humanity the US and the NATO have already been committing in that country for the past seven years?
http://www.thecatsdream.com/blog/2008/10/happy-halloween.htm

Obama & Zionist Lobby
[H]e is considering a well-known, pro-Israeli Jewish congressman to be his chief of staff if elected.
http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/10/31/prominent-jewish-congressman-floated-obama-chief-staff/

Obama & Palestine
Bronfman, a former head of the World Jewish Congress, wrote in the piece titled “Israel’s Best Interest is a Morally Strong America” that an honest broker was needed to push Israelis and Palestinians toward a two-state solution.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1033267.html

Obama & Neocons
Because of Obama’s relative inexperience on foreign policy, it is this part of his team that is getting much of the attention, and one adviser in particular — Dennis Ross, Bill Clinton’s Mideast envoy whose record includes supporting the pro-Iraq War advocacy campaigns of the Project for the New American Century and serving as a consultant to the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP), a bastion of Israel-centric policy thinking in Washington.
http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=44546

Obama & the Surge
No lessons have been learned — except of course the need to “surge,” to escalate, to drop more bombs, kill more people, round up more captives, more quickly and more efficiently. This is what both Obama and McCain promise for Afghanistan, as Iraq withers away into a forgotten, smoldering ruin.
http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m48497&hd=&size=1&l=e

Obama & Rashid Khalidi
The Obama camp’s response served only to reinforce the underlying assumption of the McCain campaign.
http://www.dissidentvoice.org/2008/11/the-racism-of-mccain-and-obama-and-the-media/

Obama & Detainees
“Now the majority of the folks in Guantanamo, I suspect, are there for a reason. There are a lot of dangerous people.”

Obama & America’s Outcast Muslims
“Obama has kind of thrown us under the bus.”
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/uselectionroadtrip/2008/nov/03/uselections2008-pennsylvania

Obama & UFPJ
United for Peace and Justice, the largest antiwar coalition in the country, hasn’t organized a major antiwar protest in 18 months because its leadership has made a priority of “voting out the Republicans” — and by none-too-subtle inference, voting in the Democrats.
http://socialistworker.org/2008/11/04/obama-and-building-movements

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AFGHANISTAN

Taliban’s new super-bombs threaten U.S. armor
“They’ve flipped MRAPs 15 feet in the air sometimes. And they break them in half.”
http://www.usnews.com/articles/news/iraq/2008/10/31/talibans-new-super-bombs-threaten-us-troops-even-in-pricey-mraps.html

Colonial wars still can’t be won
“You kill one guy, and then his brother or his cousin joins up to avenge his death.”
http://www.newsweek.com/id/166825

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IRAQ

Iraqis: US still the villain
“Americans cause destruction wherever they go. The sooner they leave the better.”
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5hqg8OQ6KPpW43Ah2Z0YNUmw4zzxg

A “good day” for the occupation
“Any day I come out on the streets and nobody is shooting at me, is a good day.”
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iraq/3367078/Iraqi-city-calls-for-US-raids-on-Syria.html

Another tour in Iraq, another tearful goodbye for Marines
“Between deployments, you forget how hard it is. If you didn’t forget, you’d never be able to do it again.”
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/complete/la-me-marine3-2008nov03,0,448619.story

Iraq’s refugees still can’t go home
“Two million Iraqi refugees are increasingly desperate and few of them are willing to return home.”
http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/world/international-us-iraq-refugees.html

America and Iraq, rotted by war crime
The Iraqi people’s heroic resistance to the most powerful military in world history should encourage the U.S. anti-war movement to take further action. It’s time for all progressive forces here to redouble their efforts to demand an immediate end to the U.S. war and occupation, bring the troops home now, and affirm self-determination for the people of Iraq.
http://www.workers.org/2008/editorials/iraq_1106/

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PALESTINE

91 years of the Balfour Declaration
It was the cruelest act of colonialism.
http://www.imemc.org/article/51315

It’s not just a few “extremists”
[T]he problem in the West Bank is not one of ‘religious extremist’ settlers; it is the entire Israeli ‘matrix of control’ and colony network that covers Palestinian land with land-grabbing, territory-fragmenting fortresses.
http://www.newstatesman.com/middle-east/2008/10/israeli-settlers-palestinian

Jewish settlers unrestrained
“There is unexplainable leniency toward terrorism from our side.”
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20081031/wl_nm/us_israel_settler

Questions persist about Palestinian’s encounter at border crossing
“I have checked out Mr. Omer’s credibility and narrative of events, and I find them fully credible and accurate.”
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-journalist3-2008nov03,0,3457568.story

Palestine’s Judenrate
[O]ne can only conclude that these provocative and stupid inquisitions against Palestinian towns and villages, which PA officials claim are meant to restore law and order, are in fact Israeli-envisaged acts of repression aimed at further weakening the Palestinian society by Palestinians hands, very much like the Judenrate (or Jewish councils) did to the Jewish masses under the Nazi regime.
http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m48498&hd=&size=1&l=e

NYCLAW Antiwar Digest (11.02.08)

OVERVIEW

Note to progressives for Obama: What happens after Election Day?
[A]ntiwar activists have exchanged their slogans for pro-Obama refrains, despite the fact that their candidate inflates the alleged threat of Iran, wants to put more troops in Afghanistan and won’t pull out of Iraq anytime soon. . . . ¬†Imagine if he had to earn our votes, instead of receiving our support without having to do a thing for it?
http://onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article_3938.shtml

Obama, the first-rate Republican
Obama’s run has been the negation of almost every decent progressive principle, with scarcely a bleat of protest from the progressives seeking to hold him to account.
http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/alexander-cockburn-obama-the-firstrate-republican-973691.html

Two parties, one imperial mission
Democrats and Republicans are of one mind in their resolve to step up undercover operations in Iran backed by the threat of a full-scale economic blockade or military action.
http://counterpunch.org/mayer10292008.html

The U.S. election, viewed from Baghdad
“There is one agenda, and whoever holds the [president’s] chair will continue the other’s job.”
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-iraqelect2-2008nov02,0,7502362.story

Troops split on next commander-in-chief
“To tell you the truth, I don’t care so much, I just want to leave.”
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/nov/01/es-elections-obama-mccain-army

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AFGHANISTAN & PAKISTAN

U.S. kills 25 in Afghanistan
All those killed in late Friday’s attack were civilians and belonged to one family.
http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/world/international-us-afghan-violence.html?ref=world

U.S. kills 27 in Pakistan
The new strikes raised the number of such attacks to at least 17 since August. . . . Residents frequently contend that civilians, sometimes women and children, are among the dead.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/01/world/asia/01drone.html?ref=world

In Afghanistan, the loudest sound is the clock ticking
“I don’t think that even the little kids like us.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/28/arts/television/28fron.html?ref=television

Afghanistan is resistance magnet
‘If you want to join the jihad, go to Afghanistan.’
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-taliban29-2008oct29,0,1646596.story

U.S. goal: domination
Like the Clinton administration before it, and an Obama administration after it, the Bush team sought a strategic placement in an energy-rich region where the U.S. is squaring off against such rivals as Russia, Iran and China.
http://socialistworker.org/2008/10/30/when-peace-talks-are-war-strategy

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IRAQ & SYRIA

U.S. raid on Syria emulates Israel
[T]he concept behind the raid appears to have borrowed from Israel, which last September bombed the alleged site of a nuclear reactor in northern Syria.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/oct/27/syria-us-raid

Ordinary Syrians protest U.S. raid
“We want the Americans to stop their acts of terrorism in Syria, in Iraq and the rest of the world.”
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2008/10/20081030101832817729.html

Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq denounces SOFA
“[T]he occupiers will leave, therefore we consider the approval of this agreement and signature on it by any party will be considered as treason and illegal because this agreement is coercive and humiliating.”
http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m48327&hd=&size=1&l=e

Marines rely on police death squads in Ramadi
Never mind that he wears a hatchet on his belt, a powerful reminder of the legend of how the commander of the North Ramadi police district attained his post — reportedly hacking to death members of Al Qaeda in Iraq in the streets.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/usnews/20081031/ts_usnews/iniraqusmarinesrelyonallieslikeahatchetwieldingcoloneltokeepthepeace

Military’s burn pit at Balad poisons thousands
An open-air “burn pit” at the largest U.S. base in Iraq may have exposed tens of thousands of troops, contractors and Iraqis to cancer-causing dioxins, poisons such as arsenic and carbon monoxide, and hazardous medical waste. . . . Most large U.S. installations in Iraq, as well as Afghanistan, have burn pits.
http://www.airforcetimes.com/news/2008/10/military_burnpit_102708w/

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PALESTINE

Gaza hospitals lack medicine
A crisis-level shortage of drugs and spare parts for medical equipment and a two-month-old strike by health care workers have combined to add more misery to the lives of the 1.5 million inhabitants of the impoverished Gaza Strip.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUKTRE49Q56F20081027

Palestinians denied visit to villages of ancestors
Government sources said allowing the visit risks encouraging hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees to claim a right to return to the villages from which they were expelled in 1948.
http://www.thenational.ae/article/20081027/FOREIGN/323045339/1002/rss

A Freedom Rider in Gaza City
Today, the Free Gaza Movement has a simple message for the rest of the world: What are you waiting for?
http://counterpunch.org/kysia10292008.html

The Executions at Kafr Qassem
“In the 1948 war, many people fled when faced with the Israeli army, expecting to return after the fighting. After Kafr Qassem, Palestinians learnt that Israel did not play by the rules of war. We learnt that sumud [steadfastness] was our only defence.”
http://www.counterpunch.org/cook10302008.html

P.A. is at Israel’s beck and call
Under the manifestly false rubric of “restoring law and order,” hundreds of American-trained Palestinian troops have been rounding up Islamic political activists and suspected Hamas sympathizers in the Hebron region. . . . Last week, a well-informed Israeli journalist wrote in Ha’aretz that “we give them the lists, and they do the rest.”
http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m48331&hd=&size=1&l=e

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AFRICA

Nigeria: Trial gets underway in human rights case against Chevron
San Ramon, Calif.-based Chevron used company helicopters to fly “notoriously brutal” Nigerian troops to the oil platform, where they killed and injured unarmed protesters. Other protesters were arrested and tortured.
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-chevron29-2008oct29,0,693282.story

Somalia: Millions suffer from U.S.-backed invasion
The violence has killed nearly 10,000 civilians and an unknown number of combatants since the start of last year. More than a million people have been driven from their homes.
http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/world/international-us-somalia-blasts.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

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LATIN AMERICA

Colombia: U.S. support sharply increases death squads’ toll
“If we are receiving aid and vetting from a government in Washington that validates torture, then what kind of results can one expect?”
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/30/world/americas/30colombia.html?hp

Bolivia: Government suspends U.S.-backed “antidrug” espionage
“There were D.E.A. agents who worked to conduct political espionage and to fund criminal groups.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/02/world/americas/02bolivia.html?_r=1&ref=world&oref=slogin

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DOMESTIC REPRESSION AND INJUSTICE

Inquiry targeted 2,000 foreign Muslims in 2004
[N]ew guidelines will allow federal investigators to make targets of Muslims, Middle Easterners and others without evidence of links to terrorist groups.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/31/us/31inquire.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

Judge demands information on torture
[A]ll his confessions were made after “he was tortured again and again and again until he just parroted what his torturers wanted him to say.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/31/us/31gitmo.html?ref=world

Citizenship often determines who gets medical care
“We do not pay for chronic care for illegal immigrants.”
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-dialysis29-2008oct29,0,2166155.story

U.S. prison-industrial complex
About “500,000 persons are locked up for drug offenses in any one day” in this country. . . . But the war has arguably had little discernible effect on either supply or demand.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/28/AR2008102801352.html

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ANTIWAR MOVEMENT

GI Resistance: A soldier’s conscience
“I joined because I was poor, to put it simply. . . . When a woman and child are killed in Afghanistan, we pay them in rice and goats. A lot of humanitarian aid missions went like that.”
http://www.bclocalnews.com/richmond_southdelta/southdeltaleader/lifestyles/33070554.html

GI Resistance: Iraq War resister details severe abuse as deportation date approaches
“I feel that the army will be particularly harsh on me because I have spoken out about my opinions and because I am publicly on record as being a war resister.”
http://www.londontopic.ca/article.php?artid=11345

Antiwar Labor: Union locals embrace a call for a antiwar strike
One resolution was written for the national convention of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). . . . The second resolution was addressed to the annual convention of the Washington State Labor Council (WSLC).
http://www.socialism.com/fsarticles/vol29no5/general_strike.html