articles tagged "Veterans For Peace"

Leah Bolger: Veterans for Peace

Wednesday, 5 December 2012 | buzz
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On Wednesday December 5, Jan Miyasaki speaks with Leah Bolger, President of the National Board of Veteran’s for Peace, about the new round of sanctions against Iran. The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the sanctions against Iran last week. “This is collective punishment, and its really hurting the people of Iran, who have done nothing to warrant this reaction from us. It’s really sad that we didn’t learn anything from the damage we caused Iraq when we placed sanctions against them.” Veteran’s for Peace has issued a statement denouncing this.   Leah says “we believe the combination of foreign policy of Israel and United States together are causing a whole lot of problems in the area.” She explains that the U.S. should not have withdrawn from the Helsinki talks, which Israel has also withdrawn from. “Israel has hundreds of armed war heads ready to be launched at Iran, or anywhere in the region.” Though Israel has not signed the treaty, Leah explains, “Iran signed on to it the day it was created, and they have no nuclear weapons.”   Leah speaks about the impact of the sanctions against the people of Iran, how they are facing drastic inflation and a lack of access to basic food items. “They are trying to push regime change via punishing the people…we have no right as a government to inflict collective punishment against a people who have done nothing wrong.” Veterans for Peace has started a petition to President Obama and Congress to support a nuclear Free Zone in the Middle East. From the Veterans for Peace statement, “VFP once against stresses its position that the only rational and lasting solution to the current nuclear crisis in the region is the establishment of a Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone in the Middle East.”   Sign the petition and read the full Veterans For Peace statement against sanctions in Iran.     Listen to the interview here:   more »

Matt Southworth on the War in Afghanistan

Monday, 15 October 2012 | buzz
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  On Monday October 15, our host Linda Jameson spoke with Matt Southworth, a legislative program associate for foreign policy with the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL): A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest. First serving in the US army at the age of nineteen, Matt was deployed to Iraq in 2004 as an intelligence analyst doing predictive analysis. Since then, he has joined the FCNL and is also on the Board of Directors for Veterans for Peace. He was in Madison to attend a Veterans for Peace board meeting, and to plan the annual Veterans for Peace conference which will be held in Madison in August 2013. Matt travels across the country, advocating for a peaceful transition to the war in Afghanistan and a political solution without a large military presence in the region. He also reaches out to the college demographic, speaking to them about the realities of war, rather than the “cinematic version” of war that is often portrayed.   Matt speaks about the US involvement in Afghanistan, and the issues that face Afghanistan today and threaten its future. Southworth comments, “under this current [US] strategy…regardless of 2014 or later, civil war is the most likely outcome for Afghanistan.” He explains that there can not be a centralized solution for the conflict in Afghanistan; rather, it should be regionally based and Afghan-centric. Matt had organized a congressional delegation on a “fact finding mission” that brought eight people to Afghanistan, including congressional staffers, journalists and representatives from non-profits. The delegation met and spoke with Afghan and international NGOS, opposition leaders, and civilians. He describes the consensus, “the US is putting Afghanistan in a position that is going to be harder to dig itself out of. We are over-militarizing Afghanistan and the region, and we are almost completely focused on a military transition, when the reality is that [the Afghans] need an economic and political transition, which is Afghan led and culturally based, but with the assistance of the US and other international parties.”   The US is currently funding and arming 280,000 Afghan national security forces, empowering militias and war lords. This has threatened Afghans throughout the country. In fact, he explains that one complaint the delegation received from everyone they spoke to was the US funding of war lords, people who had proven human rights abuse records. Matt stresses that the political transition should be Afghan-based, and that the US has a “moral responsibility” to do the best …. more »

Veterans for Peace

Thursday, 5 July 2012 | A Public Affair

On Thursday July5, Allen Ruff interviewed Will Williams, a board member in the Madison chapter of Veterans for Peace. Veterans For Peace is a national organization founded in 1985 in oppose to the Reagan administration’s war against the people of Central America. Will Williams discussed Anti-war efforts and American Politics. For more information on Veterans For Peace visit their website: http://www.veteransforpeace.org/ more »

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