As I write, Israeli troops are invading Lebanon on its southern border. No doubt this escalation will heighten the danger of a wider war, one that could involve other state and non-state actors in that region and draw millions of people into the fighting.
You can see Lebanon from my sister’s backyard. She and her family and thousands of others in northern Israel live with a constant roar of gunfire — mostly from Israeli cannons aiming to kill Lebanese, occasionally from a Hezbollah shell that might land on them.
TUCSON, Ariz. — On July 13 a year ago, five Raging Grannies were arrested here for protesting the war on Iraq. Their alleged crime was entering a military recruiting office and asking to enlist in the U.S. Army, so young soldiers stationed in Iraq could safely return home.
His body riddled with shrapnel, Wissam Abdullah, 14, spoke from his hospital bed in the southern Lebanese port city of Sidon. Wissam is one of the few survivors of an Israeli bombing attack that killed most of his extended family as they fled the Lebanese border village of Marwaheen July 15.
The 17th Pastors for Peace Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba crossed back into the United States via Hidalgo, Texas, on the morning of July 17, after delivering 60 tons of humanitarian aid to Cuba and participating in an eight-day educational visit to the island.
The Communist Party USA strongly condemns the Israeli assault on Lebanon which has killed almost 300 mostly civilian Lebanese in its first eight days. Infrastructure has been smashed, thousands of people have been driven from their homes, tens of thousands more have fled the country and a cloud of fear hangs over the region.
Anyone who believes that despite the lack of transparency, the IDF and Shin Bet do their best to minimize violations of human rights is naïve, if not brainwashed. One need only read the testimonies of soldiers who have carried out administrative detentions to be convinced of the depth of the immorality of our actions in the territories.
An average of more than 100 Iraqi civilians are being killed every day, the United Nations reported July 18 — the highest rate since George W. Bush launched his war. The report, based on Iraqi government figures, says 14,338 civilians — men, women and children — have died in violence in the first six months of this year — 3,149 in June alone.
Demand rises for cease-fire in Middle East crisis. Calls for an immediate cease-fire, pullback of Israeli troops from Lebanon and Gaza, and an end to the bloodshed in the Middle East gathered momentum last week as the danger of a widening war continued to loom.
Following up on a May 2004 report, the “U.S. Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba” issued an update that appeared on the State Department web site on June 20, but was not unveiled publicly until July 10. The commission, headed by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, is but the latest incarnation of U.S. government’s longstanding campaign to overthrow the island’s socialist government.