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LANDMINES: US Landmine Policy
Anti-personnel landmines kill or maim 18,000 people a year. In Afghanistan, a heavily mined country, as many as 88 people a month have stepped on a mine. Since the start of the US bombing campaign, that number is thought to be much higher. A landmine is a horrific weapon that maims and kills indiscriminately, a weapon that most of the world's countries have seen fit to ban in a 1997 treaty. The United States remains one of the few that has not signed it. President Clinton put off signing the treaty to 2006, and the Bush Administration appears to be backing away from Clinton's promises altogether. The Defense Department has stressed the need for landmine use in areas where special forces are in operation, perhaps making mines an important part of the US "war on terrorism." The following interview with Gina Coplon-Newfield, the Physicians for Human Rights-based coordinator of the US Campaign to Ban Landmines, describes mines and their implications for human rights, US policy towards mine-banning efforts, past and present, and ongoing efforts to get the US to join the mine-ban treaty.
[ Interview | US Campaign to Ban Landmines | Physicians for Human Rights ]
18 Dec 2001 | Filed under: News /
TUFTS PEACE CONFERENCE: Family of September 11th Victim Speak To Hundreds At Tufts Peace Conference
“We do not want war and we are not comforted by the bombing in Afghanistan.” These are the words of 28 year old Amber Amundson whose husband, Craig Amundson, was killed in the September 11 attacks on the Pentagon. This past Saturday, Amber spoke to over 450 attendees of a conference entitled “After September 11: Paths To Real Security and Justice” held at Tufts University in Medford Massachusetts.
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14 Dec 2001 | Filed under: News /
ANTI-WAR EFFORT: Hampshire College Condemns War
In an all-community vote, the students, faculty, and staff of Hampshire College have voted to condemn the war on terrorism and propose alternative solutions.
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07 Dec 2001 | Filed under: News /
VIGIL FOR PALESTINE: 11/29 Vigil For the Palestinian People
On 11/29/01 at Park St. in Boston about forty people held a vigil in solidarity with the people of Palestine, who continue to suffer under Israel’s occupation of their lands. The occasion was the the anniversary of the 1947 passage of UN Resolution 181, calling for the establishment of both an Israeli and a Palestinian state.
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01 Dec 2001 | Filed under: News /
NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING: 32nd National Day of Mourning Held in Plymouth
NDM Plaque on Cole's HillThe 32nd National Day of Mourning, an annual protest held every Thanksgiving to protest the Pilgrim mythology and oppression of Native Americans, was held on Cole's Hill above Plymouth Rock. The event was organized by the United American Indians of New England.
[ Full Story | Photos and Speech by Moonamum James | Global IMC feature ]
28 Nov 2001 | Filed under: News /
AMER JUBRAN CASE: Charges Against Amer Jubran Dropped
Amer Jubran Speaking at 9/29 DC MarchAfter nine pre-trial hearings, the charges against Amer Jubran, a leader of al-Awda-Mass, were dropped in Brookline District Court on Nov. 21. On June 10, Jubran was arrested while leading a peaceful demonstration for the Palestinian right of return and charged with assault with a deadly weapon (a shod foot). The case will continue in terms of violations of Amer Jubran's civil rights. Click here for Full Story. See also: Jubran Defense Article for more information. Original IMC Article on June 10 Protest and Arrest
27 Nov 2001 | Filed under: News /
SPECIAL REPORT: IMC Boston Special Report
This report by the Boston Independent Media Center focuses on a country in the grip of unprecedented fear, suspicion, and anger—the United States of America. After the events of September 11th, the nation has watched its leaders coerce the media into self-censorship, seek international coalitions against terrorism, pass new legislation to hunt down its suspects, and wage war on Afghanistan. This series of stories was designed to shed light on important aspects of today’s rapidly changing social and political landscape. US journalists face a two-fronted assault on free speech—the threat of government and military censorship on the one hand, the threat of media conglomerations, reluctant to rock the boat, on the other. The publisher of Harper’s Magazine proclaimed “This will be the most censored war in history.” The “USA Patriot Bill,” among other recent legislation, has fed on the country’s fear of terrorism to produce a new batch of laws which infringe on Americans’ civil liberties. Federal agencies will now be able to check any citizen’s email and Internet activities, monitor all phone calls, and track locations of people using their cell phone signals, all without a court order. Peace activists themselves face the dilemma inherent in Bush’s statement “ You are either with us or you are with the terrorists.” Boston IMC’s Alex Kulenovic points out the connection between Bush’s statement and the sentiments of Nazi leader Herman Goerring—“People can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders . . . All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.” In countries like Pakistan and Colombia, anti-war protesters have been shot by police. The AFL-CIO voiced its support for Bush after the attacks. The group, while expressing “uneasiness,” made it known soon after the attacks that it offers “full support for the President and whatever actions he must take in this time of national crisis.” Meanwhile, President Bush’s international coalition against terrorism may not be as strong as it seems, particularly in Pakistan. One Pakistani writer, Sabiha Sumar, has stated that although most of the population does not support Osama bin Laden, it now supports revenge against the US for the killing of innocent civilians. The Boston Independent Media Center urges its readers to read carefully as they follow these stories at the IMC and as they continue to develop each day.
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16 Nov 2001 | Filed under: News /
SITTING FOR PEACE: Engaged Buddhists Sit For Peace
Those activists attending the weekly peace vigils in Copley Square may have seen something a little unusual in the past few weeks. Across the street from the main vigil, near the Boston Public Library, a group of Buddhists have been meditating for peace, sitting in the cold on the sidewalk in silence, holding up a banner reading “Sitting for Peace”.
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15 Nov 2001 | Filed under: News /
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