London demonstration against wars, Guantanamo

This is video series about British peace activist Brian Haw in London.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Activists make their point to US president

Tuesday 24 May 2011

by Rory MacKinnon

Protesters rallied around Buckingham Palace today as a visit by US President Barack Obama became a flashpoint for critics of the superpower’s illegal foreign policies.

Activists from Stop the War Coalition, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Justice for Bahrain and the London Guantanamo campaign descended on the Mall around 5.30pm – just a few hours after Mr Obama‘s own retinue arrived.

The groups are campaigning for a number of different issues concerning President Obama.

Justice for Bahrain has voiced anger at what it says is tacit approval of the Bahraini government’s killing and maiming of pro-democracy protesters.

And the London Guantanamo campaign demanded the release of two British citizens Shaker Aamer and Ahmed Belbacha from the notorious Guantanamo prison camp.

A Stop the War spokesperson said that it wanted to highlight local opposition to the wars in Afghanistan and Libya.

“Rather than being a candidate for ‘change,’ Obama has continued most of George W Bush’s “war on terror” policies and in some cases extended them.”

Since receiving the Nobel peace prize in 2009 Mr Obama has authorised attacks in Yemen, Pakistan, Somalia, Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan and assassination of both US and foreign citizens, spending more on military operations than any previous president.

Several Bahraini people living in Britain are being forced to sign documents pledging their loyalty to the king of Bahrain and promising not to protest: here.

NEW YORK – May 24 – In a response that surprised U.S. organizers of a campaign calling on the United States government to repudiate its partnership with the Al Khalifa regime in Bahrain, hundreds of people from Bahrain joined in signing the Campaign for Peace and Democracy’s launching statement “End U.S. Support for Bahrain’s Repressive Government”: here.

Bahrain: Indian migrant workers protest: here.

Bahrain: “Internet” the biggest victim of war launched by the authorities on the general freedom: here.

Guantanamo lawyers speak out on decade of torture and abuse: here.

Obama administration seeks first death penalty via military tribunal at Guantánamo: here.

Abu Zubaydah And Silencing Of Guantánamo’s ‘High-Value Detainees’: CIA Censors Drawings – OpEd: here.

Guantanamo: A Cold Sore on the Face of America. Lt. Col. Barry Wingard, Truthout: “Recently, the Kuwaiti Prime Minister, Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, traveled to the United States and, in a meeting with Vice President Biden, once again asserted Kuwait’s interest in seeing its two remaining citizens (Fayiz Al-Kandari and Fawzi Al-Odah) returned from America’s island prison in Guantanamo Bay (GTMO). While I applaud the prime minister addressing this issue, virtually identical appeals from Kuwait have fallen upon deaf ears for more than a decade”: here.

5 thoughts on “London demonstration against wars, Guantanamo

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  2. Afghanistan woman journalist has notebook and will report

    Posted by Victoria Shute on May 25, 2011

    Summary of story from The LA Times, May 25, 2011

    Mina Habib is one of a small but growing cadre of female reporters in Afghanistan’s Kabul press corps – women who brave death threats and family disapproval to expose corruption and strengthen Afghan democracy.
    She has been waiting half an hour at police headquarters preparing for a showdown with the chief of criminal investigations.
    She sits on a plush sofa while men who don’t pay any attention to her, parade past.

    She has to confront the chief about Massoud Khalil, a 16 year-old who had been detained on burglary charges and died two weeks earlier at Kabul’s juvenile detention center.

    The medical examiner told her that Massoud had been beaten with blunt objects and his head bashed against a wall.

    A guard ushers Ms Habib across the thick rug in the chief’s office.

    The chief arrives, scowling in his rumpled grey suit, and sits across the room from Habib, two gleaming cellphones in hand, one silver, one gold.

    On the glass coffee table in between them, she places her constant companion – a battered Panasonic tape recorder…


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