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Black man in #Ferguson to journalist: "Not in Afghanistan, not in Iraq … our problem ain’t with Hamas; it’s right here in the United States of America where you’re shooting us down like dogs and n****s"

See http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/08/13/overkill-images-from-ferguson-protest-show-cops-treating-city-like-a-war-zone

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Just as Muhammad Ali said fifty years ago, the enemy of Black people in the United States cannot be found in any US-labeled “terrorist organizations” overseas, but rather amongst the police, politicians, and white supremacists, right here at home.


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You [Obama] supplied weapons that killed almost 2000 people in one month in Gaza, but you’re now gonna bomb Iraq to stop genocide? Reminder: no one from the Bush and Clinton administrations has yet faced a day in jail for the deaths of 1.5 million Iraqis. ISIS is a nightmare and a scourge that keeps spreading. The US engineered and unleashed this sectarianism in Iraq, and if they did not give birth to this horror, they are certainly the midwife. Birth pangs of a new Middle East, they hoped and said. Just awful. Just fucking stop.
My anonymous Arab friend

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The man who ran as the anti-war President and promised to end US military intervention in Iraq is now re-escalating US acts of warfare carried out against Iraq … first with the deployment of ground troops a few months ago, and now with air strikes.

What’s worse, he justifies this by declaring that the US must intervene to prevent “genocide” (his words) in Iraq. And yet, when it comes to the active genocide being carried out by his Israeli partners in Gaza, he has nothing but praise for those butchers.

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President Obama on Thursday announced he had authorized limited airstrikes against Islamic militants in Iraq, scrambling to avert the fall of the Kurdish capital, Erbil, and returning the United States to a significant battlefield role in Iraq for the first time since the last American soldier left the country at the end of 2011.


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Americans Killed by Cops Now Outnumber Americans Killed in Iraq War ~ Read more: http://bit.ly/18GjLSn

Americans Killed by Cops Now Outnumber Americans Killed in Iraq War ~ Read more: http://bit.ly/18GjLSn


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Sunni fighters led by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have been on the offensive across northern Iraq, leading to widespread alarm about Iraq breaking apart.

In response to the crisis, several revolutionary Marxist and socialist organizations from the region—the Revolutionary Socialists (Egypt), Union of Iraqi Communists (Iraq), al-Munadhil-a (Morocco), Revolutionary Left Current (Syria), Leftist Workers League (Tunisia) and Socialist Forum (Lebanon)—issued a joint statement calling for revolutionary working-class unity against both sectarianism and imperialism. Here, we reprint their statement, which appeared originally at the al-Manshour website.


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Rory Fanning, a former U.S. Army Ranger and author of the forthcoming book “Worth Fighting For: An Army Ranger’s Journey Out of the Military and Across America”, challenges the calls for the U.S. to return to Iraq and “get the job done right.”


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Sami Ramadani: We coexisted peacefully for centuries, and need neither brutal dictators nor western intervention.

 … Every tribe in Iraq has Sunnis and Shia in its ranks. Every town and city has a mix of communities. My experience of Iraq, and that of all friends and relatives, is that of an amazing mix of coexisting communities, despite successive divide-and-rule regimes.

The most serious sectarian and ethnic tensions in Iraq’s modern history followed the 2003 US-led occupation, which faced massive popular opposition and resistance. The US had its own divide-and-rule policy, promoting Iraqi organisations founded on religion, ethnicity, nationality or sect rather than politics …

 … Until the 1970s nearly all Iraq’s political organisations were secular, attracting people from all religions and none. The dividing lines were sharply political, mostly based on social class and political orientation.


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Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) – an organization comprised of individuals who served or continue to serve in the US Military following September 11, 2001 – calls on Congress, the President, and his administration to reject the use of violence and militarism in response to the current outbreak of violence in Iraq.

Many of our members deployed to Iraq during the recent US occupation. Those of us who were there know first hand that US military solutions in Iraq do not serve the interests of the Iraqi people. We advocate for the self-determination of all people, in this case the people of Iraq. Any solution to this crisis must come from them.

When the United States invaded and occupied Iraq, the formerly secular country was destabilized. The United States and the Department of Defense intentionally created and agitated sectarian divisions that would not have otherwise existed. The result of this is what we see today, and Iraqi civilians are paying for it.

Iraqis have been paying with their lives for this war since March 2003. After 10 years of US occupation they were left with little relief. Their economic infrastructure was destroyed and new work to repair it has been awarded to US corporations and contractors, instead of to Iraqis. Iraqi labor unions face frequent retaliation, and an entire generation of children has been born with severe birth defects in places like Hawija. No one has been held to account. No effort has been made to clean the waste left behind.

When it comes to arming “freedom fighters” the US has a tendency to act as a fair-weather friend; today’s freedom fighter becomes tomorrow’s terrorist and justification to pursue an illegal invasion. Instead of creating more chaos, we should be solving the problems that already exist. Instead of installing another puppet president, the United States should be cleaning up environmental contamination, investigating allegations of torture, and allowing democracy to blossom in both government and labor, without US intervention.


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The Other 98%:
Instead of wasting $4 trillion fighting the Iraq War, we could have ended world hunger for three decades.

Instead of wasting $4 trillion fighting the Iraq War, we could have ended world hunger for three decades.

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old school, new school

old school, new school


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yo, remember when Bush sent troops into Iraq and everyone was against it and went out and protested? there should be absolutely no different of a reaction now that is Obama sending troops into Iraq.

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