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Who are the people in VFP 161?
Veterans for Peace Chapter 161, based in Iowa City, welcomes veterans in the surrounding area who,
because of their personal experience and travails in a military infrastructure,
now join others locally and worldwide in
advocating for dismantling the military-industrial complex as a basis for prosperity.


June, 2017 vigil

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With Chelsea Manning's released from prison May 17, 2017, we would do well to remember that Manning is responsible for greater governmental transparency brought about by the revelations of abuses of power ...

  • Yemeni president lied to his own people, claiming his military carried out air strikes on militants actually done by U.S. All part of giving U.S. full rein in country against terrorists.
  • Details on Vatican hiding big sex abuse cases in Ireland.
  • U.S. tried to get Spain to curb its probes of Gitmo torture and rendition.
  • Egyptian torturers trained by FBI—although allegedly to teach the human rights issues.
  • State Department memo: U.S.-backed 2009 coup in Honduras was "illegal and unconstitutional."
  • Cables on Tunisia appear to help spark revolt in that country. The country's ruling elite described as "The Family," with Mafia-like skimming throughout the economy. The country's First Lady may have made massive profits off a private school.
  • U.S. knew all about massive corruption in Tunisia back in 2006 but went on supporting the government anyway, making it the pillar of its North Africa policy.
  • Cables showed the UK promised in 2009 to protect U.S interests in the official Chilcot inquiry on the start of the Iraq war.
  • Washington was misled by our own diplomats on Russia-Georgia showdown.
  • Extremely important historical document finally released in full: Ambassador April Glaspie's cable from Iraq in 1990 on meeting with Saddam Hussein before Kuwait invasion.
  • The UK sidestepped a ban on housing cluster bombs. Officials concealed from Parliament how the U.S. is allowed to bring weapons on to British soil in defiance of treaty.
  • Afghan vice president left country with $52 million in cash.
  • Shocking levels of U.S. spying at the United Nations (beyond what was commonly assumed) and intense use of diplomats abroad in intelligence-gathering roles.
  • Potential environmental disaster kept secret by the U.S. when a large consignment of highly enriched uranium in Libya came close to cracking open and leaking radioactive material into the atmosphere.
  • American and British diplomats fear Pakistan's nuclear weapons program — with poor security — could lead to fissile material falling into the hands of terrorists or a devastating nuclear exchange with India.
  • U.S. used threats, spying, and more to try to get its way at [the December, 2009] crucial climate conference in Copenhagen.
  • Hundreds of cables detail U.S. use of diplomats as "sales" agents, more than previously thought, centering on jet rivalry of Boeing vs. Airbus. Hints of corruption and bribes.
  • Millions in U.S. military aid for fighting Pakistani insurgents went to other government uses (or stolen) instead.
  • Israel wanted to bring Gaza to the "brink of collapse."
  • The U.S. secret services used Turkey as a base to transport terrorism suspects as part of its extraordinary rendition program.
  • As protests spread in Egypt, cables revealed that strong man Suleiman was at center of government's torture programs, causing severe backlash for Mubarak after he named Suleiman vice president during the revolt coverage and U.S. response.
Source: gregmitchellwriter.blogspot.com.au/2013/06/as-debate-continues-what-manning.html


The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.

Stephen Covey

 


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Ed Flaherty on Yemen & US military budget
 
Ed Flaherty on 9-11
 
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Ann Wright & Women's Boat to Gaza
 
View Dan Berrigan commemoration
 
Private Manning's service to country
 


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