Daily Archives: February 2, 2010

Help organise the protests against Obama’s visit

Obama is coming to Australia in the second half of March

It’s time to get organised…

Stop the War organising meeting:

Thursday February 11, 6:30pm

TLC Building (2nd floor), 16 Peel St, South Brisbane

All welcome

For more information phone Hamish (0401 586 923) or Mark (3891 5385)

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A White House spokesperson has said Obama is looking forward to commemorating the 70th anniversary of Australia-US relations – 70 years of cooperation in invasions and occupations around the globe. Kevin Rudd has told the ABC, “We have a whole truckload of areas of military cooperation and to work out where we go in the future together.

Many thought Obama would bring progressive change to U.S. foreign policy and have had their hopes sorely dashed. In his first year in office, he broke several war-making records of President George W. Bush with the largest military budget in U.S. history, the largest one-year war supplementals and the most drone attacks on the most countries. The White House has indicated that the next military budget will be US$708 billion, breaking Obamas previous record.

Think Obama is against war? Think again:

IRAQ

Obama’s promise of troop withdrawal from Iraq by August 2010 has been changed to withdrawal once Iraq has established a stable, pro-US regime. If this is achieved Obama has still pledged to keep 50,000 US troops in Iraq for the foreseeable future. While there is little reporting in Western media the Iraqi insurgence continues to fight against the occupation of their land.

AFGHANISTAN

Under Obama the war of occupation in Afghanistan has been dramatically escalated. He has more than doubled US troop numbers surging from 32,000 at the start of 2009 to more than 68,000. He has pressured other occupying nations to increase their troop numbers and has doubled the number mercenaries used in Afghanistan. Obama’s surge has cost many lives, including many civilians, and has only increased the number of people in Afghanistan willing to fight their occupation.

PAKISTAN

Obama has overseen the expansion of the Afghanistan war into Pakistan. His first military act as US president was to order two remote-controlled air strikes that killed 22 people in Waziristan, northern Pakistan. Obama is sending large numbers of mercenaries from Xe Services (formerly Blackwater) and DynCorp to protect huge US ‘diplomatic’ complexes in North-Western Pakistan and the capital Islamabad.

LATIN AMERICA

Obama has used the terrible earthquake in Haiti to re-occupy the country with over 10,000 US combat troops. His administration has given covert support to the right-wing military coup in Honduras, maintaining ties with the coup government and providing military trainers to train Honduran troops that have been terrorising their own people. Obama is establishing 7 new US bases in Columbia which is seen by most countries in South America as a direct threat to their sovereignty.

PALESTINE

When Bush backed the December 2008 Israeli blitzkrieg of Gaza, then President-elect Obama remained silent. Obama has supported the continued Israeli siege of Gaza’s 1.5 million devastated civilians. Obama’s administration has made muffled barely disapproving comments while Israel continues to expand its settlements on Palestinian land and builds an apartheid state from the Mediterranean to the Jordan River.

NUCLEAR WEAPONS

The Obama administration is seeking to increase U.S. spending on nuclear weapons by more than $5bn over the next five years, Obama’s Vice President Joe Biden tried to explain in Wall Street Journal why it was necessary to spend more on nuclear weapons in order to halt their spread, lulling the public with claims that “we will maintain a safe, secure, and effective nuclear arsenal.

Help organise the protests against Obama’s visit. Only people’s power can provide real HOPE for the world.

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