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wmtc: 11.11: honour the dead by committing to peace

Robert Fisk, in The Independent: But as the years passed, old Bill Fisk became very ruminative about the Great War. He learned that Haig had lied, that he himself had fought for a world that betrayed him, that 20,000 British dead on the first day of the Somme – which he mercifully avoided because his . . . → Read More: wmtc: 11.11: honour the dead by committing to peace

wmtc: a war resister connects the dots: canada, is this the war you want to fight?

A U.S. war resister in Canada writes in this NOW Magazine. Very soon you will begin to hear about Canadian planes sending “humanitarian aid” of food and medical supplies to those affected by the fighting. . . .

And now ISIL is touted as the new enemy from the darkness as if their emergence was . . . → Read More: wmtc: a war resister connects the dots: canada, is this the war you want to fight?

wmtc: u.s. war resisters in canada are at serious risk. here’s how you can help.

The War Resisters Support Campaign is facing an unprecedented crisis. Since war resister Kimberly Rivera was forced out of the country in September 2012, there had been no movement on any war resister’s case.

Then, within one month, five war resisters received notices that decisions have been made in their cases. Two of these have . . . → Read More: wmtc: u.s. war resisters in canada are at serious risk. here’s how you can help.

wmtc: march 19, 2003: don’t call it a failure. it was a huge success for so many.

Eleven years ago today, the US invaded Iraq.

This unprovoked invasion of another country that had not threatened the United States was justified by the pretense of finding weapons of mass destruction (which the US knew did not exist), and as payback for 9/11 (which the US knew Iraq had no part in), and by . . . → Read More: wmtc: march 19, 2003: don’t call it a failure. it was a huge success for so many.

wmtc: today is chelsea manning’s fourth birthday behind bars

Private Chelsea Manning (formerly Bradley Manning), who risked her freedom and her life so that people would see the truth about the US occupation of Iraq, is spending another birthday in prison. This is Manning’s fourth birthday behind bars. She was held in solitary confinement (a recognized form of torture) for 10 months, and was . . . → Read More: wmtc: today is chelsea manning’s fourth birthday behind bars

wmtc: coming soon: let them stay week 2014

Maybe you thought we gave up and went away? Not a chance. The War Resisters Support Campaign is still working to make Canada a safe haven for people of peace and conscience.

Several US war resisters were forced out of Canada, court martialed, and given harsh prison sentences by the US military. Many more could . . . → Read More: wmtc: coming soon: let them stay week 2014

wmtc: war resister kimberly rivera released from prison in u.s.

At long last, Iraq War resister Kim Rivera is out of prison and reunited with her family. This is great news, the best news. I should be thrilled, but the whole situation makes me so sad that I can’t muster much joy.

wmtc: update on kimberly rivera and how you can help

Three days ago, Iraq War resister Kimberly Rivera gave birth to a son, Matthew Kaden, in a military hospital in San Diego. As soon as her hospital stay ends (which may have already happened), Kim will be taken back to prison. Her newborn baby will stay with his father and his siblings… but his mother . . . → Read More: wmtc: update on kimberly rivera and how you can help

wmtc: the war continues to kill: the wounded survivors, and those killed by their own conscience

Here are two excellent, heartbreaking stories about what happens to those who survive and don’t survive war.

The first, excerpted from Ann Jones’ book They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America’s Wars — the Untold Story: An older Army officer calls me over and gestures toward the empty seat by his side. . . . → Read More: wmtc: the war continues to kill: the wounded survivors, and those killed by their own conscience

wmtc: how canada supports it troops: by telling them to shut up

Thanks for your service, soldier. Now shut up, and that’s an order. Canada’s wounded soldiers are being required to sign a form agreeing not to criticize their superiors on social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter, the Ottawa Citizen reported Friday.

The form reportedly also asks injured soldiers not to disclose “your views on . . . → Read More: wmtc: how canada supports it troops: by telling them to shut up

wmtc: how you can support chelsea manning

Here are two important things you can do to help support Chelsea Manning.

1. Do whatever you can to work for her pardon. You can sign the petition to President Obama here.

You have to create an account, but that only takes a few moments, and the form accepts Canadian postal codes. Please sign and . . . → Read More: wmtc: how you can support chelsea manning

wmtc: her name is chelsea and she is a hero – and a scapegoat

A while back, I saw a blog post angrily asking why everyone referred to Bradley Manning as a man when it is “known” that he is trans. The answer is simple: out of respect. That’s how Manning was identifying. Period. Anything else was rumour.

Now that Manning’s court martial (fake trial) is over, she has . . . → Read More: wmtc: her name is chelsea and she is a hero – and a scapegoat

wmtc: bradley manning in his own words

In case you haven’t seen it, this link at Democracy Now! has the transcript of Bradley Manning’s statement, read by his lawyer David Coombs, after Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison. The decisions that I made in 2010 were made out of a concern for my country and the world that we live in. . . . → Read More: wmtc: bradley manning in his own words

wmtc: free bradley manning, and all war resisters

My thoughts on the Bradley Manning verdict at Socialist.ca: here.

wmtc: bradley manning’s apology: the triumph of torture

Earlier this week, Bradley Manning’s defense ended its case in Manning’s sentencing hearing. Manning made a statement to the military court: an apology.

Reading it, I thought of 1984, when Winston faces the terror of being eaten alive by rats, and he tells his tormentors what they want to hear. I read the apology and . . . → Read More: wmtc: bradley manning’s apology: the triumph of torture

wmtc: brandon toy: i have come to believe that the true insanity is doing nothing

Brandon Toy, writing in Common Dreams. I hereby resign in protest effective immediately.

I have served the post-911 Military Industrial complex for 10 years, first as a soldier in Baghdad, and now as a defense contractor.

At the time of my enlistment, I believed in the cause. I was ignorant, naïve, and misled. The narrative, . . . → Read More: wmtc: brandon toy: i have come to believe that the true insanity is doing nothing

wmtc: i am bradley manning

wmtc: amnesty international calls for release of war resister kimberly rivera: please write a letter in support

Amnesty International is calling for the release of war resister Kimberly Rivera, who was forced out of Canada by the Harper Government. Will you please write a letter in support of her release? Here’s how.

If you want to write to Kim, you can reach her at: Kimberly RiveraP.O. Box 452136San Diego, CA 92145-2136

Important . . . → Read More: wmtc: amnesty international calls for release of war resister kimberly rivera: please write a letter in support

wmtc: read matt taibbi on bradley manning court martial

While I’m not writing, I hope you will read this excellent article by Matt Taibbi on mainstream media coverage of the Bradley Manning court martial.

I cannot understand why good writers like Taibbi continue to refer to the “Bradley Manning trial”. A trial is, in theory, an impartial hearing, where an unbiased judge and 12 . . . → Read More: wmtc: read matt taibbi on bradley manning court martial

wmtc: war resister and peace activist kim rivera sentenced to 14 months in military prison

From the War Resisters Support Campaign:

Iraq War Resister Kimberly Rivera sentenced to 14 months in military prison after deportation by Harper government

On Monday afternoon, during a court-martial hearing at Fort Carson, Colorado, Kimberly Rivera was sentenced to 14 months in military prison and a dishonourable discharge after publicly expressing her conscientious objection to . . . → Read More: wmtc: war resister and peace activist kim rivera sentenced to 14 months in military prison

wmtc: kimberly rivera to be sentenced today

We expect Kimberly Rivera to be sentenced today. War resister, prisoner of conscience, peace activist, artist, mother, friend, Kim Rivera is in the hearts of all who know her, all her supporters who stand by her in this time of need.

Kim is being punished for choosing peace over war, light over darkness, love . . . → Read More: wmtc: kimberly rivera to be sentenced today

wmtc: war resister campaign update: behind the tindungan decision

Supporters of U.S. war resisters in Canada may be interested in hearing about the War Resisters Support Campaign event earlier this week. A large crowd came out to share a meal, hear an update on the Campaign, and raise funds for legal fees for the court martial of war resister Kimberly Rivera.

War resister Jules . . . → Read More: wmtc: war resister campaign update: behind the tindungan decision

wmtc: ten years on: hate mail to bush and cheney from a dying iraq war veteran and war resister

Yesterday, March 19, 2013, was the 10th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq. Looking for something to post, I sorted through about a dozen essays and stories online, but nothing reflected the anger and sadness and disgust and urgency and frustration I feel about everything connected with the ongoing Iraq War. I didn’t write . . . → Read More: wmtc: ten years on: hate mail to bush and cheney from a dying iraq war veteran and war resister

wmtc: hear bradley manning’s complete statement, and help spread his words across the internet

The Freedom of the Press Foundation has posted the leaked audio recording of Bradley Manning’s statement to the military court in Ft. Meade. In it, Manning explains why he leaked more than 700,000 government documents to WikiLeaks. FPF also has posted transcript highlights, in case you can’t make it through the full 35-page statement.

The . . . → Read More: wmtc: hear bradley manning’s complete statement, and help spread his words across the internet

wmtc: bradley manning takes the stand, tells the world why he released the videos to wikileaks

Please watch Michael Ratner, the lawyer representing Julian Assange in the US, reporting on Bradley Manning’s testimony yesterday. Ratner is President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) in New York and the Chair of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights in Berlin.

. . . → Read More: wmtc: bradley manning takes the stand, tells the world why he released the videos to wikileaks