George W. Bush presided over an international network of torture chambers and, with the help of a compliant Congress and press, launched a war of aggression that killed hundreds of thousands of men, women and children. However, instead of the bloody details of his time in office being recounted at a war crimes tribunal, the former president has been able to bank on his imperial privilege – and a network of rich corporate donors that he made richer while in office – to tell his version of history at a library in Texas being opened in his name.
|By: codepink Tuesday April 23, 2013 6:08 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday October 7, 2012 11:50 am|
To show solidarity with the people of Waziristan in Pakistan, who have experienced and been victims of US drone strikes, thousands of Pakistanis marched in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan led the march. Thirty-one American peace activists affiliated with CODEPINK participated in the march as well.
The motorcade, which left Islamabad on October 6, took a route that ended in Dera Ismail Khan (DIK) on the first day. There was a rally in DIK at the end of this phase of the march. Then, on October 7, the motorcade continued onward and passed through Tank, a city nearby Waziristan, where tens of thousands of people met the march as it arrived.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday October 6, 2012 12:00 pm|
Over thirty American activists traveled to Pakistan to draw attention to US drone strike policy. The delegation has joined a historic two-day peace march from the nation’s capital Islamabad to the village of Kotkai in South Waziristan, where a major rally is to be held. It left on Friday, October 6.
This is not a march where tens of thousands of people come out into the streets for some hours in the day and then disappear after walking a couple miles. The march with Americans from the peace activist group CODEPINK is the first attempt of thousands of people to reach the tribal areas of Pakistan, which are typically off-limits to non-residents. It happens to be backed by Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI), a political party in Pakistan, whose chief, Imran Khan, a former cricket star, is said to be leading the march.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday October 4, 2012 1:50 pm|
A delegation of around thirty-five people from the United States is in Pakistan for a week of action in opposition to drone strikes by the United States. The group of delegates, organized by CODEPINK, has had a positive and welcoming response so far. They met with Acting US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Hoagland and had a breakthrough by getting him to talk specifically about US policy on the record. And the group is preparing for a protest in South Waziristan on October 7.
|By: codepink Thursday May 3, 2012 7:17 pm|
Counterterrorism adviser John Brennan spoke at the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington DC on April 30 to mark the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden. It was the first time a high level member of the Obama Administration spoke at length about the U.S. drone strikes that the CIA and the Joint Special Operations Command have been carrying out in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday April 28, 2012 6:45 am|
I am at the Drone Summit.
A well-known peace group, CODEPINK, the legal advocacy organizations, Reprieve and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and others are gathering now in Washington, DC, for the first international summit on drones. The summit brings together lawyers, journalists, activists, human rights advocates and robotics technology experts, who will all be speaking about several issues that stem from the development, evolution and proliferation of drone technology.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday April 26, 2012 9:31 am|
A well-known peace group, CODEPINK, the legal advocacy organizations, Reprieve and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and others will be gathering in Washington, DC, this weekend for the first international summit on drones. The summit will bring together lawyers, journalists, activists, human rights advocates and robotics technology experts, who will all be speaking about several issues that stem from the development, evolution and proliferation of drone technology. Personal stories from Pakistani drone strike victims are also going to be shared.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday April 10, 2012 10:30 am|
Pakistani lawyer Shahzad Akbar, who sued the United States government over family members of civilian victims of US drone attacks, was invited to participate in an upcoming International Drone Summit in Washington, DC, on April 28, but, the peace group CODEPINK reports the US is refusing to grant him a visa. This continues of a pattern since the Bush Administration of denying visas to anyone who might question the legality and consequences of US military policies.