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News - Iraq War propaganda - Labor & the Antiwar Movement - Antiwar Resolutions / Statements - Antiwar Movement - Central Asia / Middle East - Venezuela - Links - Humor

Bring the Troops Home Now!
Immediately Withdraw US troops from the Persian Gulf!
Stop the Bombing! Lift the sanctions!
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Links
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For Notices of Antiwar Protests, go to
http://www.antiwarcommittee.org
Local demonstration / Events (Minneapolis)

US Labor Against the War
USLAW web site has Links to other Antiwar coalitions

Labor Against War
Based in New York City (listserv, open archives)
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News & Analysis
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Support US Troops, Bring Them Home Now!
Edited version of a Green Party press release dated 17 March 2003
By Doug Mann, 20 March 2003 -- the original statement is posted at
http://www.greenpartyus.org/press/pr_03_17_03.html

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Iraq War Propaganda
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Bush's War Disinformation Campaign
by Doug Mann, 07 Feb 2003

Manufacturing Consent for Iraq War Plans
Why the Labor and Antiwar Movements Should Oppose the War Unconditionally The Bush administration's trick to manufacturing consent for the war is to frame the debate around the issue of how to deal with the 'Iraqi threat.'  That is the framework for the debate in the UN Security Council, the US Congress, and in the American and European press. The Bush administration's motives for going to war are not seriously questioned. It's sort of like the story about the emperors new clothes. Nobody dares to tell the emperor that he's not wearing any. - by Doug Mann, 10 Feb 2003

Did Saddam actually gas his own people?
1990 report says "no." A report by the U.S. Army War College released in the summer of 1990 contradicts US claim that Iraq gassed its own Kurdish civilians. - by Raju G.C. Thomas, Pulse of the Twin Cities, 12 Feb 2003
[Executive Summary by Doug Mann] The claim that Saddam gassed his own people is apparently based on interviews by Senate Foreign Relations Committee staffers with Kurdish refugees in Turkey, who reported a gas attack, but no evidence has been found to confirm that it happened.  Another incident, the March 1988 bombardment with chemical weapons of Halabjah, an Iraq-Kurdish city, was blamed on Iraq. However, the US Army War College found evidence that indicated the attack on Halabjah was actually carried out by Iran. The claim that Saddam ordered the chemical weapons attack on his own people was put forward by the first Bush administration as a justification for the 1991 Gulf War and the subsequent disarmament of Iraq. This unsubstantiated claim that Saddam gassed his own people was used again by President Clinton as a justification for further bombing of Iraq.     
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Labor & the Anti War Movement
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The Struggle Against the War & to Reclaim the Labour Party
The struggle against war is a struggle to reclaim the party -- Statement published by The LINK: Open Forum of Labour Party Members and Trade Unionists to Reclaim the Party (UK) -- Press Release - Monday, February 17th

Letter to Antiwar Activists
From: Daniel Gluckstein, ILC Coordinator, February 5, 2003
World-wide mass demonstrations planned for Feb 15 & 16

Labor Tuesday 2.4.03
New Labor Group Organizing Union Opposition to War
Is Sweeney Feeling The Heat Of  Rising Labor Antiwar Sentiment?
by Charles Walker

Opposition to war growing in the US
by David May, Socialist Appeal, February 5, 2003

Labor Against War
Mainstream Press Reports on USLAW
by Charles Walker, Labor Tuesday! 21 January 2003
Peace Sentiment Echoes Ever Louder in Cleveland Labor Movement
by Jerry Gordon, Labor Tuesday! 21 January 2003

Organized Labor Joining Anti War Movement
By Philip Dine, 01/15/2003, St. Louis Dispatch [Twin Cities Independent Media Center web site]

Trade Unionists Launch 'US Labor Against War'
by Bill Onasch, OWC Campaign News -- 12 January 2003
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Antiwar Resolutions / Statements
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US Labor Resolution Against the War
Adopted at Founding Conference of US Labor Against the War,  January 11, 2003 in Chicago, IL.

Labor Bodies Represented At USLAW Founding Conference
NYCLAW Report,  Jan 13, 2003

No New War Against Iraq
Resolution adopted by the San Francisco Labor Council (AFL-CIO) on August 26, 2002.

Black Radical Congress Opposes war Against Iraq
Press Release / Statement -- January 2003

Green Party Policy statement re US war against Iraq
Dated 9.20.2002 -- The Green Party clearly opposes "unilateral" military action by the Bush administration, unless it is approved by the UN security council.  

No Blood for Oil - Stop the War Against Iraq
Green Party Press release / Statement
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The Antiwar Movement
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Race-Baiting the Antiwar Movement
A response to "Open Letter To Activists Concerning Racism In the Antiwar Movement"
by Doug Mann, posted 25 Feb 2003
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Venezuela
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Venezuela: Washington's Hand at Work
By Andreu Camps, ILC News -- 8 January 2003

 Venezuelan President Warns of Coup Attempt
By Scott Wilson, Washington Post Foreign Service

Venezuelan Workers Defy Rightist Oil Blockade
By Andy McInerney, Liberation News

HANDS OFF VENEZUELA!
Urgent Appeal to the international Labor Movement
The US embassy is helping to orchestrate efforts to overthrow the government of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela.  The situation there is comparable to that facing the government of Salvador Allende in Chile during 1973.

The Chavez government instituted reforms that greatly improved living standards for the working class, and put the Chavez government at odds with right-wing politicians and their friends at the US Embassy. Last April top army officers arrested and detained Chavez in a coup attempt that was foiled by mass demonstrations of workers and the poor. More recently the management of Venezuela's state-owned oil company went on strike, dramatically cutting oil production and government revenues.

And now employers, with the support of some right-wing trade union officials are staging what amounts to a lockout, which the mainstream press is advertising as a "general strike."  

Please read, circulate, and obtain endorsements for the international appeal to the labor movement entitled HANDS OFF VENEZUELA!  [Resolution, updated endorsement list, sample letters]

Initial endorsements from labor bodies in the US:
ATU Division #788
St. Louis Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the Labor Party
[Originally posted on the laborpartyusa list, Dec. 19, 2002]
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Humor
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If you're happy and you know it bomb Iraq
A song by John Robbins
http://www.commondreams.org/views02/1216-06.htm

North Dakota found to be Harboring Nuclear Weapons
http://www.theonion.com/onion3904/north_dakota.html (Comic relief)