antiwar-protest

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Την γνωρίζω καλά
Αυτή την ακριβή Κυρία
Πού από καιρό έχει πάψει
Να ομολογεί την ηλικία της.

Κάθεται, στον ίδιο
Με τον δικό μου δρόμο
Στη γωνιά ακριβώς.
Απ’ τα παράθυρα της
Μπορεί να δει κάθε πρωί
Τις παιδικές φυλακές των « Πέντε Αγίων»
Το νεκροταφείο
Και, την αστυνομία πόλεως.

Το εσωτερικό του σπιτιού της, λένε,
Είναι υπέροχο
Αν και φθαρμένο λίγο
Από το Χρόνο
Από τη σκόνη
Κι από την ίδια
Πού χρόνια τώρα κάθεται
Στις ίδιες καρέκλες.

Λένε πολλά γι’ αυτήν
Μα πιο πολύ μιλούν
Για τις πολλές ερωτικές της σχέσεις
Με Στρατηγούς
Με επαγγελματίες Πολιτικούς
Με Διανοούμενους
Άλλα και με Αστυνομικούς.

Δεν υπάρχει αμφιβολία γι’ αυτό
Το μαρτυρούν άλλωστε οί εκκλησίες
Τα πολυάριθμα σχολεία
Οί φυλακές και τ’ αναμορφωτήρια
Πού γενναιόδωρα έχει χαρίσει.
Εις το Κράτος.

Το σαλόνι της είναι ανοιχτό
Για όσους δεν έχουν ασχολία
Κι αργοπεθαίνουν από πλήξη.
Κι όσοι πηγαίνουν τ’ ομολογούν
Πώς όλα είναι υπέροχα
Στο σπίτι της καλής αυτής Κυρίας…

Ιδιαίτερα το δειλινό
Στην ώρα του δείπνου
Με την ακριβή ιεροτελεστία του φαγητού
Το σπίτι γίνεται χρυσό
Ένα μνημείο ιστορικό
Με τα πορτρέτα των προγόνων της
Αγωνιστών και δολοφόνων

Με τ’ ακριβά παράσημα των «εθνικών υπηρεσιών»
Με τις περγαμηνές και τα χρυσά μαχαίρια
Με τα κεριά και τα ψηφιδωτά…
Και μες σ’ αυτά
Νέοι
Αισθητικοί κι ευαίσθητοι
Προσφέρουνε στους καλεσμένους
Education
Poetry
And
Love


*Το ποίημα αυτό του Μάνου Χατζιδάκι είναι από το βιβλίο του «Μυθολογία και Μυθολογία Δεύτερη», Εκδόσεις Άγρα (σελ.105 – 107).

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Boston stands in solidarity with Syria! U.S. out now! September 24, 2016.

Protesters in downtown Boston say NO to U.S. imperialism’s war on Syria! They declared that U.S. imperialism’s vicious predatory conquest masquerading as humanitarianism is a sick and cruel hoax. We remember Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti, etc, etc, etc. We won’t be fooled. Self-determination for Syria NOW! U.S. hands off!

Photos and report by Stevan Kirschbaum

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New York City: Don’t let them use Paris as an excuse for racism & war! Protest at CNN, Nov. 15, 2015.

Photos by redguard

A People’s Response to G20 Summit – which is being turned into a “WAR” Summit

An Urgent Reason To Join The Protest Against Capitalism and Racism on Sunday

We mourn for those who were killed and injured in Paris on Friday. But mourning is not enough. We must also remember that what happened in Paris is yet another terrible example of the bitter fruits that are the fallout from endless war, occupation, shock-and-awe bombings, and regime change.

That fallout also includes the decimation of Iraq, and a human rights crisis in both Syria and Iraq of epic proportions – including the displacement of millions of people. Now is the time to remember how 911 was used as a pretext for war, racism and repression.

The corporate media wants us to forget the heroic protest of the Black students at Missouri State University that has inspired students across the country. They want us to shut all protest down so that they can whip up a new war fever.

The racist anti-immigrant movements in Europe and the U.S. are already planning how they will use the attacks in Paris on November 13 to bolster their violent campaigns against African, Arab, and Latino immigrants. Police chiefs across the U.S. who have been pushed back by the Black Lives Matter movement are at this very movement feverishly strategizing about how they will use the Paris attacks to support the ongoing police war against Black and Brown people.Homeland Security and the Wall Street interests that it serves will try to use the Paris attacks to expand surveillance and repression against protest movements. Politicians and their billionaire backers are already plotting how they will use the Paris attacks to launch a wider war against the peoples of the Middle East, Africa and Asia – the same way that Bush used 911 to destroy Iraq. Now is the time for all of us who know this to stand up and say NO!

Called by: The Peoples Power Assembly – May 1st Coalition for Worker & Immigrant Rights – The Working Women’s Coalition – International Action Center

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Boston: Not another war! Don’t use Paris as a pretext! Rally at Boston Common, November 21, 2015.

On Saturday, 11/21/15 a rally and call to action took place at Park Street Station, Boston Common, demanding Paris not be used as a pretext by US- NATO and Allies to escalate its 4-plus-year war in Syria.

Protesters demanded an end to all U.S.-NATO wars ! U.S. out of Syria ! No to attacks on Immigrants ! Divest from war, invest in the people ! US and Allies must cease and desist arming and empowering terrorists - ISIS and al Qaeda front groups (e.g., al Nusra) - to destabilize the Syrian government.

Racist anti-immigrant movements in Europe and the U.S. are planning how they will use the attacks in Paris on November 13 to bolster their violent campaigns against African, Arab, and Latino immigrants. Police chiefs across the U.S. who have been pushed back by the Black Lives Matter movement are at this very movement feverishly strategizing about how they will use the Paris attacks to support the ongoing police war against Black and Brown people. Homeland Security and the Wall Street interests that it serves will try to use the Paris attacks to expand surveillance and repression against protest movements. Politicians and their billionaire backers are already plotting how they will use the Paris attacks to launch a wider war against the peoples of the Middle East, Africa and Asia – the same way that Bush used 911 to destroy Iraq.

Now is the time for all of us who know this to stand up and say NO!

Photos by Howard Rotman

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Kiev, Ukraine: ‘Thanks for the war’ protest at U.S. embassy, May 13, 2015.

“Today, residents of Kiev picketed the US embassy calling for an end to the US interference in Ukraine. People carried placards that read “USA, thanks for war”, “the US is grief of Ukraine”, “We are not cattle”, “the US policy is poverty for Ukraine”, “the US + weapons = War”, as well as photos of destructions and killed people of Donbass. They drew doves of peace and wrote Different Anti-War Phrases with chalk on as phalt near the US embassy. They also burned their placards in protest under the slogan “Never again!”, Hoping that the civil war waged by the US will end as soon as possbile. People had to hide their faces because you can easily be brought to trial for speaking out against the Kiev junta.

“Please, do share as the media is totally silent about this!”

Videos of the picket here

Via Truth About the Situation in Ukraine

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USA: ‘Don’t use Paris as an excuse for racism and war!’ say anti-CNN protesters

Protesters chanting: “Black lives matter”

Greg Butterfield, International Action Center: “In spite of the tragedy that happened in Paris on Friday, the media and the government here in the U.S. spin it in such a way, they ignored the tragedy that happened when the Russian plane was downed a few weeks ago, they completely ignored what happened in Lebanon on Thursday when a similar massacre took place.”

“You can see here that for this modest turnout for this demonstration, there is a big police presence. They’re here protecting the media monopoly CNN, that tells the narrative they want the world to know. But we’re not going to be intimated by that, we’re going to keep fighting and we’re going to keep coming out and telling the truth.”

Butterfield holding a banner reading: “Don’t use Paris as an excuse for racism and war!”

Larry Holmes, Peoples Power Assembly: “We didn’t have people going to the Russian Embassy, laying down flowers. So while we mourn the attacks in Paris, we also feel it’s important to say, that all the victims, no matter where they are, of war, of repression, of terrorism, are equal.”

“But we also mourn those who died in Beruit a few days earlier, who were also killed in a terrorist attack. CNN didn’t cover that too much. The big corporate media in this country, didn’t send reporters there to interview the families of victims.”

Protesters gathered in front of the CNN headquarters at Columbus Circle in New York City, Sunday, to speak out against what they see as a biased use of the media when reporting about tragedies, using as an example the different coverage of the recent Paris and Beirut attacks, as well as the Russian plane that was downed in Sinai.

Protesters held banners against the misuse of Paris terror attacks to spread racism and war, and chanted slogans to this end. One of the speakers at the rally, Greg Butterfield of the International Action Centre, pointe out that the media monopolies “tell the narrative they want the world to know.”

Despite being a peaceful and small protest, a significant number of police forces were deployed at the site. No incidents have been reported by the time of writing.

At least 129 people were killed and more than 352 left injured, 99 critically, after a series of coordinated attacks were carried out at six different locations across Paris on Friday evening.

On Thursday two powerful explosions went off in the Shiite majority neighbourhood and Hezbollah stronghold of Bourj al-Barajneh in the suburbs of Beirut, killing at least 44 people and injuring more than 240.

Although both attacks were claimed to be carried out by the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL), they received differing levels of coverage from the media outlets, specifically those in western countries, with Paris covered much more.

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Washington, D.C.: Spring Rising Antiwar March, March 21, 2015.

About 200 people from several cities on the East Coast marched in Washington, D.C., on the 12th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

A contingent from the International Action Center, FIST and United National Antiwar Coalition supported the Black Lives Matter struggle and warned of new war threats by U.S. imperialism against Venezuela, Donbass, Iran, Syria, Russia and other targeted countries.

Photos by redguard