Tens of thousands of people attend a protest rally in the Yemeni capital Sana’a on May 12, 2017 to voice their outrage at the US-backed Saudi war on the impoverished Arab country. (Photo by al-Masirah) The Yemen war economy that stretches back decades between Shia and Sunni has evolved into a regional power struggle between Shia-ruled Iran and Sunni-allied Saudi Arabia and it’s ally the US. This conflict has become an epic tragedy of destruction and starvation. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations reports that the scale of the food crisis in Yemen is staggering with 17 million people – two thirds of the population – severely food insecure and seven million of these on the verge of famine. “The need for long-term political solutions for achieving sustainable peace in Yemen is unquestionable, but there is much we can do now to fight hunger and malnutrition. We save lives by saving livelihoods,” Graziano da Silva said of FOA. It is time for a peace economy between Shia and Sunni, between America and Iran to save Yemen and the Middle East. The Yemen people want peace not more destruction. Continue reading
“I feel very angry, but I don’t want anything from the U.S. military,” said Khalid Ahmad, a 20 year old pharmacist who survived the U.S. bombing of the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) / Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Kunduz on the 3rd of October, “God will hold them accountable.” Khaild is recuperating at Emergency Hospital in Kabul from a U.S. shrapnel injury to his spine that nearly killed him. This why the US is losing the war, they turning the very people they are trying to help against them.
It has been proven via history that bombing alone cannot win wars. It was tried in WW11, Vietnam, Liberia and now in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria without success. What it does do is turn the affective population being bombed against the ones doing the bombing. The rise and anger of the Islamic State is a direct result of bombing innocent women, children, people’s homes, business, schools, highways, water supplies, and hospital. The U.S. cannot win the peace or the hearts and minds of the people in the Middle East with airstrikes that are destroying entire towns and cities.
I going to answer that, Congress won’t let me. But I will ask again.
2013: National Defense University.
Mr. President CodePink supports your efforts to close Guantanamo Bay and normalize relations with Cuba, although we are still waiting! Closing Guantanamo Bay was a first term campaign promise, the above speech was two years ago when Medea challenge you to close Guantanamo Bay, it is time to lead not talk. Mr. President you can still earn that Nobel Peace Prize.
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