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Anti-drone protest: ‘Stop U.S. wars!’

By October 9, 2014
Don't Bomb Syria or Iraq

Syracuse, N.Y. — In continued resistance to escalating U.S. wars, 75 people marched and rallied at the gates of Hancock Air Force Base here on Oct. 5. The marchers came from across the region, including Buffalo, Rochester, Utica, Albany, Ithaca, Binghamton and Syracuse itself. Speakers, signs and fliers at the rally called for an end […]


Sgt. Bergdahl’s return home

By June 29, 2014

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s return to U.S. soil on June 13, after nearly five years’ captivity, was a Kafkaesque media event. Unlike Sen. John McCain, a former fighter pilot downed by the Vietnamese liberation forces, who became an official hero, Bergdahl came home under a cloud. He had gone AWOL (“absent without official leave”) in Afghanistan, […]


U.S.-backed wars displace tens of millions

By June 27, 2014

June 20 is World Refugee Day. This year, a report issued by the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees revealed that the number of displaced persons has reached a post-World-War-II high. More than 51 million people have been forced out of their homes as a result of war and instability. The leading conflicts […]


Palestinian unity gov’t

By June 13, 2014

Despite opposition from both the U.S. and Israel, the Gaza-based Palestinian organization Hamas and the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, controlled by the Fatah organization, are continuing in their efforts to set up a unity government. Both Fatah and Hamas have handed over ministries to the new government, which will tackle the day-to-day issues both in […]


Bowe Bergdahl: hero or scapegoat?

By June 11, 2014

U.S. imperialism’s political switches can be breathtaking. It only took two days for Bowe Bergdahl to change from a diplomatic tool to a political football. That dizzying switch has one positive result: It helps expose the reactionary character of the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan and gives an opportunity to review U.S. imperialism’s role in that […]


Obama at West Point

By June 4, 2014

When President Barack Obama spoke to the graduating cadets of West Point on May 28, they cheered his statement that “you are the first class to graduate since 9/11 who may not be sent into combat in Iraq or Afghanistan.” He was immediately attacked by the hawks, among them Charles Krauthammer of the Washington Post, […]


Petraeus ‘wanted for genocide’

By May 16, 2014
Petraeus a war criminal

Students from the City University of New York and others stood in protest May 6 across from CUNY’s McCauley Honors College on West 67th Street, where retired Gen. David Petraeus was lecturing that afternoon. Petraeus was formerly director of the CIA and prior to that, top commander in U.S.-occupied Iraq and Afghanistan, so there were […]


Anti-drone events in Central New York

By May 2, 2014
April 27 protest at Hancock Air Base.WW photo:  Minnie Bruce Pratt

Syracuse, N.Y. — In a determined protest against the U.S. use of drone warfare, 150 people marched to the gates of Hancock Air Base in Syracuse, N.Y., on April 27. The multinational march was part of a regional day of education and action linking poverty, racism and war. People in Afghanistan, for example, are targeted by […]


Occupation of Afghanistan is not ‘democracy’

By February 24, 2014

When the anti-war movement makes the argument that U.S. and NATO troops must get out of Afghanistan, liberal apologists for the war counter that without the troops, the country will fall under the control of the Taliban, and any improvements in the status of women or other “democratic” measures will be reversed. The ironic thing […]


Anti-NATO forces retake areas in southern Libya

By January 29, 2014

For nearly seven months in 2011, NATO planes — particularly from the U.S., France, Britain and Canada — carried out a massive bombing campaign in Libya intended to overthrow the government of Muammar Gaddafi. After getting the U.N. Security Council to pass a resolution imposing an arms embargo on Libya and then another authorizing a […]