The Syrian crisis invites us to reflect on how U.S. militarism has changed. Ten years ago it was ground troops. Now, it's short-term bombing campaigns – Libya, Mali, Syria – and drone attacks. It's domestic militarism on the border, in our communities, and in the prisons.
War Times/Tiempo de Guerras is rolling out a new website to help make the movement against militarism as strong, broad and analytically sharp as possible. Besides the materials on Syria, you will find:
- Up-to-date reports on U.S. militarism – and about people resisting it - from Middle East hot spots and AFRICOM to the U.S. Mexico-border
- Probing analysis of the changing balance of power in today's multi-polar world, divisions among U.S. policy-makers and strategies forlinking antiwar activism to movements for racial justice and against austerity and the bloated military budget?
- "Take Action" Alerts that let you know how to support the most urgent battles of the moment
- The voices of a new generation of activist-writers who are immersed in grassroots movements
- A monthly step-back analysis that not only recaps key events of the previous 30 days but assesses their significance for movement-building strategies
- We invite you to check out War Times/Tiempo de Guerras' new website – and bookmark it for three or four visits each week. That way you won't miss writing like this:
"…these rays of light don’t mean that Washington has actually shed its “war on terror” mentality; rather that it is changing form. Four glaring emblems of endless war remain: Guantanamo, Afghanistan, targeted killings via drones, and the war on whistleblowers… Francesca Fiorentini in “How to Defend a Dream”
"I was born the year of Reagan’s inauguration. The PATCO workers went on strike before I was three months old, and it’s been mostly downhill into darkness since then. Those three decades - the years of the Reagan Revolution, Clinton‘s Third Way, and the Global War on Everything - are now widely described as the era of neoliberalism…" – Lynn Koh in “Looting Not Neoliberalism: A Review of The Predator State”
"In 2006, just before the Israel's Second Lebanon War, the Wall Street Journal critiqued U.S. so-called restraint in Iraq. They exhumed the 1968 phrase “bomb Vietnam back to the Stone Age,” and claimed “white guilt” led to fear of looking like an empire and restrained Washington from utterly destroying a country of sanctions-impoverished brown people. This thinking taps into deep roots in the history of both Israel and the U.S. as countries founded on settler colonialism, and the way this history shapes both societies to this day… Clare Bayard in Settler States and the Shatterbelt
As War Times/Tiempo de Guerras rolls out our new website, we are redoubling our commitment to "bringing a race, class and gender perspective to issues of war and peace." We are excited to be among those trying to build a movement not just for peace but against U.S. militarism in all its forms, domestic as well as international. We look forward to building that movement with you, and would love to hear your ideas about how we can improve what we do. We invite you not just to visit our new site, but to click on the “Contact Us” button to get in touch.
Thanks and peace,
The War Times/Tiempo de Guerras Crew: Jan Adams, Christine Ahn, Clare Bayard, Attieno Davis, Rami El-Amine, Max Elbaum, Francesca Fiorentini, Alicia Garza, Rebecca Gordon, Felicia Gustin, Gary Hicks, Greg Hom, Ellen Kaiser, Hany Khalil, Lynn Koh, Sarah Lazare, Alberta Maged, Elvis Méndez, Nathan Paulsen, Michael Reagan, John Trinkl, Rebecca Tumposky, Ryan Wadsworth, Ruth Warner and Sasha Wright.
P.S. For a history of War Times/Tiempo de Guerras' work and evolution since this project's founding in 2001, go to the "About" section of the new website here .
The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the entire War Times project
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