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NYCLAW ANTIWAR DIGEST -- 12.16.08

"The flying shoe speaks more for Arab public opinion than all the despots/puppets that Bush meets with during his travels in the Middle East."

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December 16, 2008

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CONTENTS

*42 DAYS AFTER
*IRAQ
*PALESTINE
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AFGHANISTAN
*GI RESISTANCE
*CLASS WAR AT HOME
*NYCLAW Links



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42 DAYS AFTER

Cheney Likes Torture -- and Obama's Foreign Policy Picks
"Well, I must say, I think it's a pretty good team."
http://www.abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=6464697&page=1

Obama Still Reaching Rightward
Besides reaching out to Mr. Scowcroft, Mr. Obama has also called former Secretary of State George P. Shultz, a Reagan administration official who is known in some foreign policy circles as the father of the Bush doctrine because of his advocacy of preventive war. It is unclear what the two men talked about.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/16/us/politics/16policy.html?ref=world



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IRAQ

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Military Brutalized Zaidi
Muntadhar al-Zaidi suffered a broken hand, broken ribs and internal bleeding, as well as an eye injury.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/dec/16/shoe-protest-bush-iraq

Iraqis Turn Out for Zaidi
Ten of thousands of people throughout Iraq have demonstrated in support of Zaidi.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/dec/16/shoe-protest-bush-iraq

Video: Flying Shoes Create a Hero In Arab World
"The flying shoe speaks more for Arab public opinion than all the despots/puppets that Bush meets with during his travels in the Middle East."
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/15/AR2008121500161.html

Weapon of the Occupied
Forget the cultural differences when it comes to the meaning of shoes for a moment and focus on the real question: will an occupied people ever accept their occupiers?
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article10031.shtml

Can This Be True?: Iraq Journalists Union Condemns Zaidi [!]
In Baghdad, the head of the Iraqi union of journalists described Zaidi's action as "strange and unprofessional" but urged clemency.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/dec/16/shoe-protest-bush-iraq



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PALESTINE

Hamas' Stature Grows
"Hamas has gone from stone-throwing to guns and rockets, from a support base of a few thousand people to a backing of millions in Arab countries and around the world."
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7782378.stm

Israel Denies Entry to UN Rights Reporter
Prof. Falk's arbitrary denial of entry into Israel is a severe blow to the rights of the Palestinian civilian population living under Israeli occupation.
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article10026.shtml

Razing of Beduin Village Leaves Dozens Homeless
"They destroyed my life."
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1228728211416&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

Some Israelis Refuse to Aid Occupation
They are just out of school and would rather go to jail than serve in the Israeli military.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/dec/16/israelandthepalestinians-humanrights

Boycott of Settlements' Industries is Taking its Toll
The writing is on the wall. Anyone who wants to be part of the international community, and build global, long-term businesses, had better stay away from the settlements.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1047154.html



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AFGHANISTAN

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U.S. Attacks Take Brutal Toll on Civilians: Video
I was still holding my grandson's hand but the rest of him was gone.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/dec/16/afghanistan-taliban-us-foreign-policy

Face to Face With the Taliban
"Salar is the new Falluja. The Americans and the Afghan army control the highway, and five metres on each side. The rest is our territory."
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/dec/14/afghanistan-terrorism



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GI RESISTANCE

Surge in GI/Vet Resistance and Support
"Here in Germany it was established that everyone, even a soldier, must take responsibility for his or her actions, no matter how many superiors are giving orders."
http://www.workers.org/2008/us/resistance_1218/

A Place for Soldiers to Talk
"Through promoting GI resistance, there will come a day when commanders will not have the faith in their soldiers to send them out to do the immoral things that they're ordering them to do. And once that happens, the military can't prosecute these wars anymore."
http://socialistworker.org/2008/12/09/a-place-for-soldiers-to-talk



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CLASS WAR AT HOME

Growing Army of Homeless Vets
On any given night, a virtual army of 150,000 veterans are homeless across the nation, including an estimated 1,200 in New York City.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/16/nyregion/16vets.html?ref=nyregion

Americans' Food Stamp Use Nears All-Time High
"[W]e're likely to see the most hunger that we've seen since the 1981 recession and maybe since the 1960s, when these programs were established."
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/25/AR2008112502553.html

Remembering Ron Carey.1
Ron Carey's contributions to the Teamsters and the US labor movement tower over those of his contemporaries.
http://counterpunch.org/paff12152008.html

Remembering Ron Carey.2
[D]espite the efforts of the Teamster old guard and the government to destroy Ron Carey, the UPS strike remains a touchstone for every union member and labor supporter who wants to build a movement that can resist the employers' offensive.
http://socialistworker.org/2008/12/16/remembering-ron-carey



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