| UK: Five reasons to march to the Tory Party Conference this Sunday!

Why Stop the War is marching to the Tory Party Conference this SundayChris NinehamStop the War Coalition.

Five reasons to march to the Tory Party Conference this Sunday.

 


This Sunday 29 September tens of thousands will join the TUC march on the Tory Party conference in Manchester to defend the NHS and challenge austerity. Stop the War is organising an anti-war block with CND on the demonstration. Here are five reasons why you should be there.

1) David Cameron insists welfare cuts are unavoidable, but he was the western leader keenest to get involved in another war in the Middle East by attacking Syria. The Libyan bombing cost Britain £1.7 billion pounds. Like the other wars of the last twelve years, it has left the country in chaos. An attack on Syria would be even more catastrophic. For Cameron there is always money for war. We have to confront this war addiction.

2) Twelve years after it began, the occupation of Afghanistan is a disaster for the Afghan people which is costing the UK taxpayer £12 million per day. The money spent on war in Afghanistan could have payed for 23 hospitals, 77,000 new nurses or 60,000 new teachers. This waste of lives and resources in Afghanistan must end. We should bring the troops home immediately.

3) Britain spends £43.3 billion a year on its military — the fourth biggest military budget in the world. If we ended our aggressive foreign policy, a large proportion of this money could be transferred to much needed civilian use.

4) Britain spends £3 billion a year on the Trident nuclear weapons system and £700 million a year on subsidies to the arms companies. The Trident programme should be scrapped. The ratio of jobs to investment in armaments is amongst the lowest in industry. The government should stop underwriting the arms trade and divert the money to housing and the NHS.

5) Anti-war protest helped block Cameron’s plans for war on Syria. Protest can defeat austerity. Come on the anti-war block on Sunday and join us as we march for a different set of priorities and demand cut war not welfare.

The anti war block will be assembling with the main demonstration at 11am, Sunday 29 September Liverpool Road, Manchester M3 4FP.

Source: Stop the War Coalition 

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| Kerry heckled by anti-war protester in Syria Senate hearing!

| Kerry heckled by anti-war protester in Syria Senate hearing! ~ YouTube.

As Kerry’s planned remarks concluded at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday, anti-war protester and Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin confronted him from the gallery:

“We don’t want another war!” Benjamin shouted . “Nobody wants this war — cruise missiles, launching cruise missiles means another war! The American people do not want this!”

She was immediately escorted away by security.

“Can I just say before — you know, the first time I testified before this committee when I was 27 years old, I had feelings very similar to that protester,” Kerry continued. “And I would just say that is exactly why it is so important that we are all here having this debate, talking about these things before the country and that the congress itself will act representing the American people. I think we all can respect those who have a different point of view, and we do.”

YouTube: http://youtu.be/TI0vbMkYiR4


Remember the next 10-days are crucial in raising our voices to help stop an attack on Syria! Congress must hear that we the people, do not want the use of military force in Syria.

Instead we plead with President Obama and Congress to seek a political solution for an immediate ceasefire, to facilitate regional peace talks and provide humanitarian aid to the over 2 million refugees fleeing the violence for humanity’s sake.

After witnessing the devastation of Iraq, the on-going destruction of Afghanistan, the blowback of Libya, the drone attacks in Pakistan and Yemen, who would possibly countenance engaging in a new war – in whatever capacity – without prior UNSC approval – who, but the genuinely deluded?

America is now a war-fatigued country which sorely needs to balance its budget for it’s own citizens instead of for yet more war and more foreign misadventures without proper proof to boot!

Contact Congress or your elected representative today and make your concerns known!
Mr. Kerry! Syrians don’t want your so-called ‘evidence’ as much as they need your humanity. You can’t save Syrians by bombing Syrians.
AID NOT BOMBS!

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| Justice For Aafia – A Graphic Novel!

Justice For Aafia- A Graphic Novel ~ Justice for Aafia Coalition, MUSLIMMATTERS.

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This is Dr. Aafia Siddiqui‘s story in visual form. The artist Christopher Towne is a young anti-war activist. He blogs here. Towne has given Muslimmatters.org exclusive permission to share his graphic novel. He says “the case of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui is both strange and disturbing. The so-called “War on Terror” demands periodic show trials, to make endless wars appear justified. Countless people have been victimized in this way, and Dr. Siddiqui’s case is such a grave injustice that it has gathered an international movement to demand her freedom.”

He also makes comics to tell the stories of Muslim prisoners.

“Most Americans have never heard the stories of Muslim prisoners – victims of “preemptive prosecution”, or “material support for terrorism”, or just outright frame-ups. To justify the “War on Terror”, the government has invented terrorists to scare the public.

He hopes that his blog can help to keep people aware of these stories.

“I will exert some effort to make sure these people are not forgotten.”

These are drawn images so those who don’t wish to see hand-drawn images are free not to read it.
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