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New Anti-Insurgency Tactic has Gained Wide Appeal in Iraq
51822806_c2ef3425b6.jpgIt was recently revealed, in a US-backed raid, that torture is going on under the auspices of the Ministry of the Interior. Despite the apparent media blackout on the topic, torture has been an ongoing tactic of the counter-insurgency work in Iraq. At first it was employed at Abu Ghraib and possibly other US military establishments in Iraq, and it quickly became a prime tactic of the newly formed Iraqi Police and Iraqi National Guard.
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22 Nov 2005 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
Winter Soldier: A film for our time
wintersoldier_final_lowres2.gifAfter an absence of decades, this Vietnam-era documentary film is back in circulation, and its lessons should serve to shake every one of us out of any illusions about what war means. Graphic testimony from veterans, plus thought-provoking commentary about what makes such inhuman crimes possible.

I followed with outraged attention the Abu Ghraib prisoner scandal, and watched angrily as the American military ravaged entire cities such as Fallujah and Ramadi. And then came intermittent reports of full-scale torture of even more horrific dimensions in the dungeons of the client security agencies to which the US government ships some of its detainees. That’s why I decided to attend a showing at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston of a Vietnam-era documentary called Winter Soldier.
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22 Nov 2005 | Filed under: News / Education : Politics
Resistance to military recruiters grows
recruitmentprotest.jpgStudents and their families in Massachusetts and nationwide are increasingly resisting the Pentagon’s plans to use them as cannon fodder for U.S. imperialism.

“A whole bunch of troops are dying,” said Gwen Clairborne, a senior at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School in Roxbury, Mass., a predominantly Black community in Boston. Clairborne, who has “opted out,” was interviewed in a Nov. 13 Sunday edition Boston Globe front-page article headlined “Students rebuffing military recruiters: More high schoolers in state opt out of lists.”
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20 Nov 2005 | Filed under: News / International
BU Biolab Protest Pictures
00020.jpgBU is having a Global Health Initiative conference and one of the events was in a BU auditorium where BU President Robert Brown introduced other speakers (including the US surgeon general), plugging the proposed bioweapons lab in South End/Roxbury. Activisits with the BU Peace & Justice Project and Boston Mobilization staged a protest during President Brown's speech. The Global Health Initiative is supposed to promote public healthcare, not top secret military research. Here are pictures.
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16 Nov 2005 | Filed under: News / Education : Environment : Globalization : Human Rights : Politics : Race : Social Welfare : Technology
Boston Direct Action Project Releases “Guide To Alternatives to the Military” for Local Youth
booklet.jpg(Boston, MA October 31, 2005) Boston Direct Action Project has recently published a booklet entitled “Guide To Alternatives to the Military,” with information about education, jobs, and opportunities for youth in the greater Boston area.

"We created this "Military Alternatives" booklet because we understand its not enough to simply explain the reasons not to join the military. We believe it is equally important to suggest realistic alternatives," said Jonathan McIntosh, a designer of the booklet.
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17 Nov 2005 | Filed under: Announcement / Education : Organizing : Social Welfare
Human Rights Activists Discuss Torture at Amnesty International Conference
Kibria2a.jpgHuman rights activists came together at Amnesty International's Northeast Regional Conference at Boston University this weekend. Dr Nazli Kibria of Boston University (photo) was a guest speaker.

The issue of torture was a key discussion at this year’s Amnesty International Northeast Conference held at Boston University this weekend. The Bush Administration criticized Amnesty’s annual report earlier this year which quoted Irene Khan, Secretary General of the human rights organization, as saying that the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo was “the gulag of our time.”
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15 Nov 2005 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Politics
Coalition Forms to Defend Local Abortion Clinics
clinic-protest.jpgSparked by an apparent need to support visitors of Planned Parenthood in the face of anti-abortion harassment, the Coalition to Defend Reproductive Rights formed a few months ago. On Saturday, November 12th, members of the new group stood outside of the clinic on Commonwealth Ave., holding pink banners and blocking the graphic signs of anti-abortion protesters.
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14 Nov 2005 | Filed under: News / Gender : Organizing
Boston plans for the December 1 'Rosa Parks National Day of Absence Against Poverty, Racism and War'
Rosa-Parks.gifPlanning for the Dec. 1 Rosa Parks National Day of Absence jumped into high gear as more than 60 representatives from a broad cross-section of labor and community organizations met on Nov. 5 and agreed to hold a series of militant actions in Boston on Dec. 1 to honor the 50th anniversary of Rosa Parks arrest for her refusal to give up her seat on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. These Boston actions will be part of the Dec. 1 National Day of Absence against Poverty, Racism and War.
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09 Nov 2005 | Filed under: News / Human Rights
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