Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Jill Stein discusses the Green New Deal and the Green Shadow Cabinet on KPFA radio with Mickey Huff and Peter Phillipin [read more]
Green Party Speakers Bureau: Green leaders available to speak on foreign policy:http://www.gp.org/speakers/speakers-foreign-policy.php
WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party leaders said that President Obama’s decision for a temporary pause in the rush to win congressional authorization and launch an air strike against Syria was good news and a monumental achievement by the American people. Greens now urge the President to call off the attack permanently and instead support nonviolent efforts to end the strife in Syria.
President Obama announced the pause during his address to the nation on Sept. 10. It allows the pursuit of Russia’s proposal for Syria to turn over its chemical weapons to international monitors — a plan Syrian President Assad says he supports (“Failing To Convince on War, US Agrees to Follow Russia’s Path To UN,” Common Dreams, Sept. 10,http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/09/10).
The Green Party opposes any resumption of threats to attack Syria and supports a halt to U.S. arms shipments and training for Syrian rebels. Party leaders reiterated the call for a nonviolent resolution, with diplomacy, participation in the upcoming U.N.-backed Geneva II Middle East peace conference, cooperation with the International Criminal Court, and an across-the-board arms embargo.
“While this decision to respect the Russian proposal is encouraging, we’re not out of the woods by a longshot. We urge Americans to keep the heat on President Obama to avoid future military action against Syria. In the absence of continued public pressure, it wouldn’t be surprising to see inspections and the talks with Russia and other members of the U.N. Security Council used as a pretext for a later attack,” said Steve Welzer, Green candidate for Governor of New Jersey.
Greens noted Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s warning at a congressional hearing: “For this diplomatic option to have a chance at succeeding, the threat of a U.S. military action, the credible, real threat of U.S. military action, must continue.” In fact, such action would be illegal, and the threat of attack gives President Assad reason to maintain arms to defend against that threat. Pressure should be brought on all Syrian factions to come to the peace table and for all foreign parties to stop arming them.
Green Party members participated in recent protest rallies across the country in opposition to the planned attack and military aid for Syrian rebel groups and encouraged members and friends to contact their members of Congress to urge nay votes on the resolution granting the President license to order an attack.
The Green Party listed several reasons for Americans to maintain their vociferous opposition to an attack on Syria:
Greens said that President Obama’s explicit descriptions, in his Sept. 10 address, of civilian deaths caused by such weapons are not proof that the Assad regime had ordered their use. See also “Obama should seek legal prosecution, not illegal war” by Kevin Zeese, Attorney General in the Green Shadow Cabinet, Sept. 4 [read more]
September 11, 2013
When Barack Obama visited Chile in 2011, he was asked by reporters whether he intended to apologize for the U.S. role in the 1973 coup [read more]