by Jodie Evans CODEPINK Peace Delegation in Sana’a, Yemen with family members of prisoners extra-judicially detained at Guantanamo Bay. Medea arrived at 2 a.m and joined us on the beautiful rooftop of Burj al Salam hotel. Over breakfast, we contemplated our itinerary, at every hour, at opposite sides of Sana’a, we were scheduled for a [...]
By Jodie Evans
2 a.m. and Tighe and I just arrived to Sana’a International Airport.
An hour later Terry, Pam and Bob got in. We arrived to our hotel in the Old city of Sana’a and were ready for some sleep. An hour into our sleep, we woke up to the beautiful sound of the fajr athan (the call of prayer). We drifted off for a few hours and woke up again at 7 a.m. We enjoyed a tasty breakfast with our new friend Luai, and then headed together to our first meeting across town.
We were greeted by Abdul Rahman Barman, a HOOD lawyer who represents Abdulelah Haider Shaye and many of the Guantanamo prisoners and US drone survivors. Despite Abdul Rahman being one of the busiest men in Yemen, he was kind enough to set aside time to talk and share stories, information, and photos with us.
By Jodie Evans and Charles Davis 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 [...]
By Pat Taub In 2005 I joined a peace protest in Washington, where we marched for an end to the Iraq war. One image I will never forget is that of a tall, robust middle-aged man draped in an American flag on which he had written with a black magic marker, “Iraq, we’re sorry.” I [...]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Medea Benjamin, (415) 235-6517 Alli McCracken, (860) 575-5692 March 20, 2013 At Senate Hearing, Drone Lobbyist Says Drone Too “Hostile” A Word, CODEPINK peace activist arrested for talking to lobbyist Washington, DC– The CODEPINK team expresses its deepest regrets that the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on March 20th invited Michael Toscano, CEO [...]
John Brennan’s confirmation hearing to become head of the CIA will take place at the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, February 7. There is suddenly a flurry of attention around a white paper that lays out the administration’s legal justification for killing Americans with drones overseas, and some of the Senators are vowing to ask Brennan “tough questions,” since Brennan has been the mastermind of the lethal drone attacks. But why have the Senators, especially those on the Intelligence Committee who are supposed to exercise oversight of the CIA, waited until now to make public statements about their unease with the killing of Americans that took place back in September and October of 2011? For over a year human rights groups and activists have been trying, unsuccessfully, to get an answer as to why our government killed the 17-year-old American boy Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, and have had no help from the Senators’ offices[...]