Black Alliance for Peace notes the following actions:
The one that's today is in NYC and here's a Tweet about it:
The upcoming actions follow the Women's March on the Pentagon from two weekends ago. Last night, Elaine noted YOUTUBE video coverage in "Women's March on the Pentagon (videos)." Coverage matters now as much as it did in real time. The following Tweets from this morning note Nick Brana's speech at the Women's March on the Pentagon.
At ANTIWAR.COM, Danny Sjursen observes:
We aren’t miracle workers. We’re just soldiers after all – kids barely out of their teens and officers in their mid-20s do most of the fighting. Still, policymakers in Washington, and citizens on Main Street both seem convinced that the mere presence of a few hundred or thousand American troops can alter societies, vanquish the wicked, and remake the world.
A colleague of mine refers to this as the myth of the magic soldier: sprinkle US troops in some horrific mess of a country and voilà – problem solved!
It sounds great, but this sort of delusional thinking has led the United States into one failed quagmire after another, killing some 7,000 US troops and close to one million locals. After 17 years of fruitless, indecisive war, its quite incredible that a bipartisan coalition of mainstream Republicans (neocons, mostly) and Democrats (neo-liberal relics) still cling to the idea that American soldiers wield magic powers. It’s long past time to review the record of our over-adulated troopers and reframe the actual – limited – capabilities of military force.
The standard Washington-media-military narrative goes something like this: take any unstable Muslim country that has any presence of Islamists at all; drop in a few thousand US Army advisors, trainers, or combat troops; stay indefinitely – and loudly proclaim that if ever those soldiers should leave said Muslim country it will undoubtedly collapse and the US of A will be directly threatened.
Some version of that exact formula has been tried in, sequentially, Afghanistan (2001-present), Iraq (2003-present), and Syria (2011-present), along with numerous smaller regional locales: Libya, Niger, Somalia, Yemen, etc. Sometimes the troop levels topped out at nearly 150,000 (Iraq), other times the ground forces and special operator teams are smaller (Yemen, Somalia), but the basic blueprint is the same – US airpower, plus commando raids, plus trainers and advisers can somehow stabilize the unstable, secure the insecure, and – ultimately – we hope, craft a "Little America" in the Muslim world. There’re just a couple problems with this veritable religion of US militarism: 1) we rarely consult with the locals before beginning each "crusade"; and 2) It. Has. Yet. To. Work.
Yet still the wars drag on.
Progress? Is that what the above is supposed to demonstrate? Because it doesn't. And the violence never ends, not even during the observance of Arbaeen.
Never ending war has not liberated Iraq. It has turned it into a land of orphans and widows. IRIN notes Nadia Murad (who won the Nobel Peace Prize this year):
Murad was abducted from the Yazidi’s historic homeland in Sinjar, northeast Iraq, in 2014. After escaping IS and Iraq in 2015, she began to tell her story and became an advocate for Yazidis and other Iraqi minorities: we highlighted her advocacy in this 2016 piece on what, if anything, humanitarians can do to stop human trafficking and sex slavery.
On the topic of Iraqi women, we'll note this essay by Tana Gilly Khailany published by UN Women:
Here is the newly formed cabinet of Iraq. Whatever happened to women? (The gender ratio in Iraq is almost 50:50)!
Iraq Has New Cabinet But Without Women
It is amazing how many reports have been done by so-called news operations about the new Cabinet and not one of the US outlets have led with the lack of women. When it is noted, it's included as an aside, a single sentence, maybe two.
Priorities send messages and an Iraq for all is not a priority for the new prime minister. 14 people confirmed and all were men. More to the point, this isn't new. Nor is Abid Adel al-Mahdi. He's seen Nouri al-Maliki criticized for the lack of women in his Cabinet in his second term as prime minister.
He saw the same criticism for Hayder al-Abadi after al-Abadi took over a month to find a woman to nominate . . . to head the Ministry of Women.
So al-Mahdi knew this problem going in and could have made a real effort to differentiate himself from those who came before. Instead, he appears to be bound and determined to fumble and stumble like all that came before, never learning a lesson, never avoiding a pitfall.
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