Last summer, Inder Comar, Esq. filed a lawsuit against the Bush Administration on behalf of Iraqi refugee plaintiff Sundus Shaker Saleh. It is a noble attempt to hold the Bush Administration accountable for war crimes and a case that Quiet Mike has been following from the beginning. Earlier this year, the Department of Justice, who [...]
By Tyra Walker On July 3rd, 2014, CODEPINK sent a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, urging him to take a stand for the release of Egyptian prisoner Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a permanent resident of Canada and father of four young Canadian children, who has now been detained for over 365 days. We encourage [...]
By Tyra Walker Although CODEPINK acknowledges the motion towards some semblance of transparency with the release of the 2010 Memorandum outlining the Department of Justice’s legal reasoning for the assassination of US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki, we conclude that the Memorandum falls short of delivering the need for accountability required for addressing unjust action which lethally [...]
By Ashley Lopez On the morning of June 12th, a muggy, sweltering morning in D.C., Dooler Campbell, Burkely Hermann and I showed up to a breakfast and book signing with the infamous war criminal Donald Rumsfeld. Our plan of action was to show up and conduct a citizen’s arrest during his speech. After all, it’s [...]
A year ago, on May 23, 2013, I was in the audience at the National Defense University when President Barack Obama gave his major foreign policy address. Having worked for years trying to close the Guantanamo prison and stop US drone attacks, I was crushed to realize that the president’s speech was ending and he had not announced any significant change of course on either policy. My heart was pounding with fear—it’s not an easy thing to interrupt a president, but I decided to speak up.
Dear American Mother, I wish you a good morning, if you are reading this in the morning, and I wish you a good evening if you are reading this in the evening. I am an Arab, eastern mother from Iraq. Today, I stand before you and share with you your day and give you my [...]