Obama to order the beginning of the end of U.S. war in Iraq

United For Peace and Justice statement on Obama's Iraq withdrawal plan President Obama is scheduled to announce a plan today to pull all combat troops out of Iraq by 19 months from his inauguration -- August 2010 -- three months later than his campaign promise of a 16-month pullout. During his speech before Congress on Tuesday night, Obama said that he would be announcing 'a way forward in Iraq that leaves Iraq to its people and responsibly ends this war.'

Kyrgyzstan votes to shut key US air base

Kyrgyzstan's parliament voted on Thursday to close a key US air base in the country. Deputies voted 78-1 for the government-backed Bill to cancel the lease agreement on the Manas air base, a transit point for 15,000 troops and 500 tons of cargo each month to and from Afghanistan.

Not just peace but justice! teach-in draws large crowd

A teach-in organized by the Latin America Solidarity Coalition (LASC) and the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) and LASC and co-sponsored by SOA Watch, CISPES, the Alliance for Global Justice and other organizations drew a crowd of over 125 people to Howard University to hear about the problems in Latin America which are caused by US militarism including US-funding of Latin American military and police as well as militarization of social problems such as drug use and immigration.

Russia still wary of US missile shield

Moscow, Feb 15 (Prensa Latina) Russian Foreign Minister Serguei Lavrov on Sunday reiterated that the planned US missile defense shield in Europe poses a threat to Russia´s security and correlation of forces worldwide.

Prague, Washington meet on anti-missile shield

Prague, (Prensa Latina) Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg traveled to the US Sunday to discuss the projected positioning of part of the anti-missile shield, encouraged by former US President George W. Bush, in the central European nation.

Russia permits US forces on territory

Reposted from Morningstar RUSSIA said on Friday that it will allow US military supplies for Afghanistan to cross its territory. Moscow has agreed to open routes for 'non-lethal' supplies. It will provide an important alternative to roads through Pakistan, where locals have frequently attacked convoys.

Veterans, families and unionists testify to Iraq War's true cost

CHICAGO -- Unionists, elected officials and several hundred assorted spectators gathered in downtown Chicago at the Teamster City Auditorium, recently, to hear testimony from Iraqi war veterans and others directly affected by the war. The hearing, entitled “War's Real Impact: Our Voices”, sought to bring attention to the hardship and suffering incurred on veterans, workers, military families and students.

Afghans protest against US bombing raids

HUNDREDS of Afghans demonstrated on Sunday against an overnight US military raid that had killed several civilians. The US military claimed that its forces had killed two guerillas.

Washington cuts Blackwater links

Washington, Jan 31 (Prensa Latina) The US Department of State notified the Blackwater company in writing it will not renew the contract with the firm to protect Iraq, the media reported.

George Mitchell and the Middle East

The senator will need all the skill and patience he brought to the Northern Irish peace process. But Hamas must be at the table.