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U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning has been sent back to jail after refusing to answer questions before a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange. Manning had been subpoenaed by federal prosecutors in Virginia’s Eastern District to appear for questioning about her 2010 leak to WikiLeaks of hundreds of thousands of State Department and Pentagon documents about the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Manning was imprisoned from 2010 to 2017 for the leak. President Obama commuted her sentence before he left office.
Members of the Kurdish diaspora in the Bay Area joined local anarchists on October 11 for a demonstration in solidarity with the Rojava Revolution and the Kurdish resistance in Kobane. Over 50 people took over Powell and Market in San Francisco withbanners and thousands of leaflets throughout the afternoon. Kurdish fighters part of the YPG and the all women YPJ units have managed to hold their own during a month-long siege despite suffering heavy casualties and fighting with outdated weapons compared with the advanced US-made weapons used by ISIS.
Thu Jun 26 2014 (Updated 02/07/15)
Santa Cruz Community Holds Vigil for Iraq and Iraqis
In response to the recent threat of U.S. military attacks in Iraq, community members in Santa Cruz held a vigil for the Iraqi people on June 23 at the Town Clock. Those who participated in the vigil are calling for nonviolent diplomacy, reparation and repairs, no military intervention in Iraq, and an end to weapons sales in the Middle East. "We are sick and tired of violence being thought of as a way to prevent violence," a UCSC student said at the vigil.
Tue Nov 13 2012 (Updated 11/14/12)
Crosses in Lafayette: The Need to Remember
On a small hill next to Deer Hill Road in the City of Lafayette, over 6,000 crosses have been erected and displayed as an on-going tribute, and to memorialize the soldiers, who have been killed in Iraq or Afghanistan. The hillside has been marked with controversy, and has sparked anger and even attracted counter protests to its existence.
On September 16th, Daniel Ellsberg, US Army Col. and diplomat Ann Wright (ret.), senior CIA analyst Ray McGovern (ret.), and KPFA morning host Aimee Allison spoke in Oakland to kick off a nationwide campaign to free alleged whistleblower Bradley Manning, accused of leaking thousands of documents and combat video showing the gunning down of Iraqi civilians and journalists. The event was be streamed live on Indybay as well as Michael Moore's website.

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Daniel Ellsberg Praises Chelsea Manning After She Is Jailed Again Democracy Now! (2 comments) Thu Mar 14th 12:39pm
Yazidis freed from Islamic State captivity in Syria and returned to Iraq Iraq Solidarity News (Al-Thawra) Sat Mar 2nd 7:44am
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Sharat G. Lin: Kurds in the Eye of the Storm Monterey Peace and Justice Center Sat Apr 21st 11:35am
Violence leaves 750,000 children in Mosul struggling to access health services Iraq Solidarity News (Al-Thawra) Fri Feb 9th 11:40pm
Teachers in Mosul learn to cope with traumatised pupils Iraq Solidarity News (Al-Thawra) Thu Jan 11th 12:52am
UNHCR begins its winter assistance programme for displaced Iraqis and refugees Iraq Solidarity News (Al-Thawra) Sat Nov 4th 2:02am
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