Ending Obama’s War

October 6, 2009 § 7 Comments

On the 8th anniversary of the war on Afghanistan
South Asia Solidarity Initiative & Center for Place, Culture & Politics present:

ENDING OBAMA’S WAR:
SOLIDARITY WITH THE PEOPLE OF AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 7pm

Proshansky Auditorium, The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Ave at 34th Street [BDFV & NQRW trains to 34th St, 6 train to 33]

Facebook event page:  http://bit.ly/oct7 (or)   http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=143245124536

October 7th marks the eighth anniversary of the launch of the U.S.-led “War on Terror” in Afghanistan. Defending it as a “war of necessity,” the Obama administration is on the precipice of an enormous troop surge in Afghanistan and an escalation in Pakistan, which has already begun with drone attacks. This strategic dialogue will explore a deeper analysis of the realities on the ground in order to inform our resistance in the U.S. and to develop a more effective solidarity with the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Speakers

Jeremy Scahill: independent journalist, author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army.  He is a frequent contributor to The Nation magazine and a correspondent for the national radio and TV program Democracy Now!  Scahill is currently a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute.  He has appeared on ABC World News, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, CNN, MSNBC, PBS’s NewsHour, and Bill Moyers Journal.
http://rebelreports.com

Zoya: a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA).  Like many RAWA members, Zoya has witnessed and endured more tragedy and terror than most people do in a lifetime.  Zoya grew up during the wars that ravaged Afghanistan and was robbed of her mother and father when they were murdered by fundamentalists – Zoya was only fourteen.  Devastated by so much death and destruction, she fled Kabul with her grandmother and started a new life in exile in Pakistan.  After attending a school funded by RAWA, she joined the underground women’s organization and continues their work resisting fundamentalism and war today.
http://www.rawa.org

Bill Fletcher: the Executive Editor of The Black Commentator and founder of the Center for Labor Renewal.  A longtime labor, racial justice and international activist, he is the immediate past president of TransAfrica Forum.
http://blackcommentator.com

Adaner Usmani:  works with the Labor Party of Pakistan (LPP) and Action for a Progressive Pakistan (APP).  With these and other groups, he has been involved in antiwar work, principally in Pakistan but also in the U.S., as well as assorted campaigns for peasant and worker rights.  He is currently pursuing a PhD in Sociology from NYU.
https://progpak.wordpress.com

For more information: press@southasiainitiative.org or http://groups.to/southasiasolidarityinitiative

§ 7 Responses to Ending Obama’s War

  • jamal says:

    hi progpak,

    heartiest congrats, for this excellent scoop!!! undoubtedly this strategic dialogue will explore a deeper analysis of the realities on the ground in order to inform the world of the resistance in the U.S. and to develop a more effective solidarity with the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan now reeling under the scourge of drone attacks not only intensively but also extensively.

    i say extensively as, the attacks under president bush were confined only to afghanistan now even repeated attacks on pakistan has literally become kosher under president obama. so, i will be least surprised if iran becomes the next target if not by; drones by f16/18 fighter bombers on natanz & qom!!!

    greetings and best wishes to the “southasia solidarity initiative” for this timely interaction.

    have a great day, take care!!!

  • putool says:

    hi progpak founders,

    heartiest felicitations for this timely post!!! the daily scourge of death and destructions in both; afghanistan and pakistan involving unarmed innocent; children,women and the aged are overwhelming, for the past several years!!!

    i both hope and pray that, there will be massive show of solidarity with the “south asia solidarity initiative” by the people of both afghanistan, pakistan and the entire islamic ummah!!!

    i wonder if the captioned of this post should appropriately be “ending bush’s war” instead of obama’s war as, president obama merely inherited the scourge of this war by chance and definitely not by choice!!!

    have a nice day, take care!!!

  • putool says:

    having gone thru app member mr. adaner usmani his observtion of the heinous u.s.policy perhaps, he deliberately omitted u.s.policy against the erstwhile east pak now bangladesh. even his unprecedented 62 years experience of 2.7 swati displacement in comparison to more then 10 million east pakis taking refuge in india in 1971 is also unfortunate. such naked thumbing the nose at history especially in an international forum will convey, false message to the young generations.

    lets hope and pray good sense will prevail and history will be duly respected, in future foras.

    have a nice day, t.c.

  • Asim Jaan says:

    Adaner: You have raised very pertinent issues.

    I will make following comments on your first and second point although they are just a repetition of what u have already said.

    The relationship b/w US elite and Pak elite (not people from both sides) since early 1950’s has worked to the detriment of Pakistani people’s movements for a more democratic, egalitarian, just society.

    It has worked to strengthen authoritarianism, whether in military form, or in veil of sham formal democracy devoid of any reality. Thus ruling class (in military or civilian garb or mostly in combination) have used the helping hand of offshore powers and special relationships with them to weaken, crush all indigenous movements for change.

    In contrast they have spend the fortunes, labor and sweat of 170 million people inhabiting this land to serve imperial great game interests while safeguarding hegemony of their own class in the bargain.

  • putool says:

    noted your response as above, you more or less generalized the entire matter hence, it do raises more questions then answers.

    nevertheless, further from your above write-up i quote “I will make following comments on your first and second point although they are just a repetition of what u have already said” un-quote, what precisely are you implying???

    first & foremost fyi, let me assure i am a 100% non-partisan person-nel, hence, my write-up is purely on academic interest!!!

    have a great day, t.c.

  • Asim Jaan says:

    Hi Putool,

    Would love to know your impression of what ‘questions’ i have raised ?

    I have written extensively on this topic in the form of notes on facebook.
    Do become a friend on facebook where we can conveniently discuss this further.
    My facebook id is ‘asim.jaan’.

    In response to your earlier observation on effects of US policy on East Pakistan, i assure you that all really progressive people in Pakistan, including Adaner who i know personally, openly criticize the crimes committed on Bengalis by West Pakistani Elite and do not gloss over it in anyway.

    But i agree with you that this dark period of our history should be exposed more.
    I think there is a dearth of good books on this episode in Pakistan. Can u suggest any that u have read ?

    warm rgds,
    asim jaan

  • putool says:

    tnk you very much for your commendable response, i agree that this barbaric monstrosity must least of all be glossed, period!!!

    insofar as this facebook is concerned i m not familiar, so in course of time i shl do the needful.

    mtime chow, do have a great weekend, t.c.

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