You are here

Torture: The Prisoner's Reality and International Law

Live streamed on Saturday October 9 (6pm London & 10am Pacific time) at http://www.veteransforpeace.org

\r\n

Betsy Reznicek, Veterans for Peace

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Bob Heberle

http://www.veteransforpeace.org/files/Image/tortureperspectives2.jpg

Phil Butler:  Phil graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, class of 1961. Flew the A4C with VA-22 aboard the USS Midway. On April 20, 1965 his aircraft went down over Vinh from malfunctioning VT fused bombs. Spent 4 days and nights  attempting to evade capture but was finally tracked down by two well-trained german shepherd dogs. He was repatriated eight years later on February 12, 1973.  He is also the author of  an incredible  book: "Three Lives of a Warrior."

Moazzam Begg - Moazzam Begg was seized by the DIA in Islamabad in February of 2002.  He was flown to the U.S. detention facility at Kandahar then Bagram where he was held for a year before being transferred to Guantanamo.  He was labeled as an "enemy combatant" but never charged with a crime.  In all, Moazzam spent three years in prison, much of it in solitary confinement.  He was subjected to over three hundred interrogations as well as death threats and torture.  He was released in January of 2005 along with three other British citizens.  He is the author of "Enemy Combatant: My Imprisonment at Guantanamo, Bagram, and Kandahar."  Begg will be joining us from England via web cast.

\r\n

Moderator: Jean Abbott - Jean is Clinical Director of the Center for Survivors of Torture and War Trauma in St. Louis, Missouri. The center provides free counseling for refugee and immigrant survivors of torture and war trauma.

More...

The Corporate Fascists Are Coming For Our Food Supply And They Must Be Stopped

\r\n

S. 510, the so-called Food Safety Modernization Act, is very bad news and must be stopped.
Stop S. 510 Action Page

The Pen

In the aftermath of the massive recent Salmonella in eggs recall it is clear that 100 percent of the real problems with our food safety are the giant factory farms, where animals spend their entire wretched lives wallowing in their own filth in claustrophobic conditions. These CAFOs (we call them Concentrated Animal Filth Operations) are just mega breeding grounds for bacteria and deadly new viruses that end up not just in animal products but spread to
vegetable fields and even our water supply.

We need a scalpel, and a large one, to cut to the heart of these problems, but not a huge blunderbuss of a shotgun loaded with random bird shot. We need to keep onerous new bureaucratic regulation from driving out of business the small operations that are the bed rock of our real food supply safety. And most of all we don't need another
food czar who is just a corporate crony to wave through a massive invasion of genetically modified crops and animals and call it food safety modernization.

S. 510 is just a huge corporate takeover of our entire food supply, to our health detriment, and must be stopped at all costs.

This is just another example of why we need to break the death grip that corporate special interests now have around the throats of our wise public policy.

Stop S. 510 Action Page

Facebook Action Page

Twitter reply for this same action

Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed to be ours, and forward this alert as widely as possible.

If you would like to get alerts like these, you can do so here.

We remember the life of Christopher Roy de Ronde.

Please join MAD DADS and the PEACE Foundation on Thursday, September 23, 2010, 6pm on the corner of 30th and Colfax Avenues, North

PEACE Foundation

Chris, 21, was gunned down in broad daylight on Friday (Sep 17) in North Minneapolis.  

Originally  from NJ, there is not a lot known about Chris except that he had a girlfriend and a small child here in MN. His grandmother said that after dropping out of school he moved to MN saying he would be working at a factory job. She felt that though he could be wild, he was a good kid.

We are coming together for this PEACE Vigil to pause for a moment to remember that 34 lives have been taken in our city this year; to stand with his friends, as well as, the neighbors — children and adults — that witnessed the aftermath of this tragedy as Christopher's body was laid out on the sidewalk; and to recommit ourselves to ending the violence that grips our streets and steals our young. With our presence we will send a resounding message that we as a community value nothing more than life, and that the lives of young, vulnerable men like Christopher Roy de Ronde are precious to us too.  

The Vigil will be held this Thursday, September 23rd, at 6pm on the corner of 30th and Colfax Avenues, North<>.

Five Extremist GOP Candidates Oppose Abortion Even in Cases of Incest and Rape

\r\n

    \r\n
  • When you’re pro-bestiality and anti-masturbation, when you’re pro-rape child and anti-desegregated lunch counters…you’ve left the universe of the sane.
  • \r\n

  • We need to defeat all five of these Senate candidates.
  • \r\n

\r\n

booman, Booman Tribune

Here’s something I didn’t realize until I watched the Rachel Maddow Show (recently). There are five Republicans running for U.S. Senate who do not believe in any rape or incest exemption from their proposed ban on abortions. Maddow was able to document through video and surveys that Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ken Buck of Colorado, Joe Miller of Alaska, Sharron Angle of Nevada, and Christine O’Donnell of Delaware all hold this extreme view on reproductive rights.

\r\n

I’m pretty sure that none of the 100 senators currently serving have publicly embraced this absolutist position. I would hope that holding such a position is sufficiently repulsive to make you unelectable to statewide office in this country. But Miller and Paul are ahead in the polls and Angle is within the margin of error.

\r\n

Not too many people are focusing on social issues in this election, but we shouldn’t fail to take notice of this disturbing trend. Anyone who wants to tell you that there is no difference between the parties is full of shit. The Republican Party was bad enough when Ronald Reagan was running the show. They were catastrophically bad under the latter Bush. But they are now worse than they’ve ever been. When you’re pro-bestiality and anti-masturbation, when you’re pro-rape child and anti-desegregated lunch counters…you’ve left the universe of the sane.

\r\n

More...

Summary: Advocating for Peace | Week of September 19

3 New Items including:

\r\n

    \r\n
  • Upcoming Peace Events!
  • \r\n

  • Stop the Militarization of the DREAM Act!
  • \r\n

\r\n

David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

\r\n

Kevin Kallaugher

\r\n

It's Time to Show Alan Simpson, Vet Hater, the Door, David Culver, Evergreene Digest

\r\n

    \r\n
  • I call on the Congress and President to show Alan Simpson to the door of the deficit commission’s deliberations and to restore honor and decency to our national conversation on veterans!
  • \r\n

  • I also call on my fellow citizens to hold their President, Congressional Representatives, and Senators accountable for removing Mr. Simpson by contacting them and reminding them that their oath of office demands meeting this country’s obligations to its veterans.
  • \r\n

  • Alan Simpson Condemns Disabled Vets for Breathing Agent Orange
  • \r\n

  • Veterans Group Calls for Removal of Alan Simpson
  • \r\n

\r\n

Stop the Militarization of the DREAM Act! Comite Anti-Militarizacion (CAMI), in Change.org
Comite Anti-Militarizacion (CAMI) supports higher education for all students both documented and undocumented; however, we denounce the military component of the DREAM ACT. Unfortunately, this deadly component is strategically excluded from the debate by many Democrats and organizations who support the DREAM ACT.

Upcoming Peace Events! Coleen Rowley, Evergreene Digest
Support Bradley Manning and WikiLeaks!...David Rovics "Prairie Fire" Concerts in September in the Twin Cities!

Tell the U.S. Attorney: Investigate Christine O'Donnell!

Sign our petition encouraging U. S. Attorney David Weiss to fully investigate this matter!
The Christine O'Donnell Controversy

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)

Next week (Sep 19-25) , Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) will ask the Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss to open a criminal investigation into Christine O'Donnell's abuse of campaign funds. We'll also ask the Federal Election Commission to look into the matter. It seems pretty clear to us that she has been using her campaign money to finance her personal life, which is flat-out illegal.

\r\n

We need your help.

\r\n

Sign our petition encouraging U. S. Attorney David Weiss to fully investigate this matter!

\r\n

More...

\r\n

Related:

\r\n

The Christine O'Donnell Controversy, Anderson Cooper 360, CNN
CNN is already looking into the matter. Click here, or watch the YouTube clip , to see their report.

Green Ideas and Ham Breakfast Forum

\r\n

Our first Green Ideas and Ham breakfast forum of the fall is next Tuesday, Sept. 21, from 8 to 9AM.

Samantha Chadwick, Environment Minnesota

Our first Green Ideas and Ham breakfast forum of the fall is next Tuesday, Sept. 21, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

We'll be getting together again at the Red Stag Supperclub in Minneapolis, and attendees will join the conversation about energy efficiency with local business and labor leaders. You can still RSVP.

On hand will be Jill Curran from the Energy Smart program of Minnesota Waste Wise, a non-profit affiliate of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce; Representatives from organized labor; Kim Bartmann of the Red Stag, Minnesota's first LEED-certified restaurant; and, of course, local citizens and community leaders who want to learn more and trade ideas about energy efficiency improvements in our community.

We won't be asking for any contributions to Environment Minnesota. However, attendees are responsible for the cost of their breakfast. $15 includes: house-made breakfast pastries; sausage or bacon; organic eggs with hashbrowns, or fruit and house-made granola and yogurt; as well as juice and coffee.

Click here for more information and to RSVP.

With help from the many of you who weighed in on October's breakfast topic, we've already planned the next forum! And you chose a fitting topic -- just in time for the harvest, we'll be discussing Food and Farming.

Hope to see you there!

We will be hosting Green Ideas and Ham the second to last Tuesday of each month. September's forum is co-hosted by the Metro Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) and your attendance will only help to make it an even stronger discussion and forum. We hope you can make it for this breakfast, and for many more to come!

Boycott Fox "News" Advertisers

FOX isn't "news," it's propaganda. It was created by Australian billionaire Rupert Murdoch to promote his right-wing agenda. FOX News tries to divide Americans by smearing blacks, latinos, muslims, gays, liberals, and Democrats. FOX News openly supports the Republican Party, including a $1 million contribution in 2010. Its host Glenn Beck also created the Tea Party to revive the GOP after Bush.

Bob Fertik, Democrats.com

Fox News isn't a news channel; it's a 24 hour/day political operation. If Fox News' willful lies, editing deceptions, bigotry, vitriol, smears and incitement to violence didn't already make this point clear enough, their recent $1 million donation to the Republican Governor's Association does.

How long do we have to continue to endure these indignities and the consequences of Fox News' reckless? The answer is simple: As long as we choose to.  Fox News refuses to take the responsible action here, so we're asking their sponsors to cease subsidizing their political machinations, bigotry and incitement to violence.

The first group of companies that we're asking to cease sponsoring Fox News is: Orbitz, Amazon.com and FoodSaver.  Please email, tweet and/or post messages on their Facebook pages asking them to cease sponsoring Fox News' political operation.

\r\n

More...

\r\n

Related:

\r\n

Boycott FOX News Advertisers, Bob Fertik, Democrats.com
Dear FOX News Advertiser, I am writing to inform you that I will not purchase your products as long as you advertise on FOX News.

Pages