June

June 30 marks first step in U.S. Iraq pullout

Tomorrow the U.S. and Iraq will officially mark the pullout of U.S. troops from Iraq’s cities and towns. Coming six years after the massive U.S. invasion, it is the first step in a withdrawal timetable agreed on by the two countries in December, with all U.S. troops to be out of Iraq by the end of 2011. Only time will tell whether this first pullout phase will turn out to be real, and what kind of Iraqi nation will emerge.

A coup meant to silence the Honduran people

The Network condemns the coup against the constitutional president of the Republic of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, and repudiates any attack against the dignity of the Honduran nation. We are in solidarity with the democratic spirit of our sister Central American country and we reiterate our commitment with the people’s right to freely determine their future and we demand respect for the legitimately constituted institutions of the country.

EDITORIAL: A welcome move

In calling for a stricter use of air strikes, Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the new commander of forces in Afghanistan, took a step back from the abyss. In coming to grips with the harsh reality that too many civilians were being killed, McChrystal decided to limit air strikes only to prevent American and coalition troops from being “overrun.” This is a long-delayed, yet welcome step.

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Irans Tudeh Party: Unity, struggle and solidarity can overcome repression

The following is a June 21 statement from the Central Committee of the Tudeh Party of Iran. Following the speech of Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader and the commander of the coup d’état, in the Friday prayers in Tehran – which Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called “authoritative and unravelling” – the armed thugs of the regime, including the forces of the Basij militia, Intelligence Ministry and units of the Revolutionary Corps brutally attacked peaceful and righteous-seeking demonstrations of the people.

The handicap of working for Cuba

The Supreme Court’s refusal June 15 to review the case of the Cuban Five, whose original trial began in November 2000, invites comparisons of their sentences with those handed out to others with convictions relating to espionage, especially involving countries other than Cuba.

Peace, health care and Cuba

Dr. Bernard Lown’s work, both political and medical, has been dedicated to peace. He developed the cardiac defibrillator to restart arrested hearts and invented cardio-version to fix cardiac rhythm disturbances. To help prevent nuclear war ― and death and destruction ― he co-founded International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear war, and earned a Nobel Peace Price in 1985. In all of this, Lown’s aim has been to stave off death and sickness.

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Iraq appeals for help to clear landmines

BAGHDAD, 8 June 2009 (IRIN) - Iraqi Environment Minister Narmin Othman has appealed for more international support to clear the country of landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO).

Afghans need peace, not war

WASHINGTON – “The people don’t want 30,000 more troops, but instead 30,000 engineers, teachers and scientists,” said Dr. Roshanak Wardak, a member of the parliament in Afghanistan.