Showing posts from April, 2018

May Day for Worker's Solidiarity (SOAPBOX PODCAST APRIL 29, 2018)

April 29, 2018 GUEST: JON JETER Jon Jeter TOPIC: The labor movement, race, and the sell out of workers by big labor Jon Jeter is a published book author and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist with more than 20 years of journalistic experience. He is a former Washington Post bureau chief and award-winning foreign correspondent on two continents, as well as a former radio and television producer for Chicago Public Media’s “This American Life.”   Jeter now writes for MintPressNews   With Golden Opportunity in Coming Elections, Will Democrats Rediscover a Soul? by Jon Jeter, with quotes from Cindy Sheehan    *** CINDY SHEEHAN'S SOAPBOX   

Dear Salafist Wahhabist Apologists by (guest blogger) Paul Larudee / April 22nd, 2018

Dear Salafist Wahhabist Apologists by Paul Larudee / April 22nd, 2018 Your head chopper heroes are apparently not what Syrians have in mind when they think of democratic revolution. Mehdi Hasan (MH) can hardly be blamed for the ignorance that he displays in his Intercept article, “ Dear Bashar al-Assad Apologists: Your Hero Is a War Criminal Even If He Didn’t Gas Syrians .”  He has apparently never been to Syria, doesn’t often do research on Syria, and gets his information from proponents of a single point of view, representing a bunch of idealists that want to usher in their idea of a liberal democracy in Syria, without benefit of electoral niceties until their power is already ironclad .  What’s wrong with this picture? But I’m getting ahead of myself.  Let’s start by deconstructing the absurdities and the language in the MH article. Thankfully, MH has spared us the need to deconstruct the absurd accusation that the Syrian armed forces have used c

Is "Antiwar Democrat" an Oxymoron? (SOAPBOX PODCAST 4/22/18)

April 22, 2018 Guest: Sarah Smith (antiwar candidate for Congress)* Topic: Is there room for an antiwar voice in the Democrat Party? This week Cindy chats with anti-imperialist candidate for Congress in Washington State's 9th district about if it's possible to be such a thing as an anti-imperialist Democrat. Will the Democrat party move left, or will it be left behind? MEET SARAH   * This interview cannot be construed as an endorsement for  Sarah's campaign due to the non-profit status of  Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox. *** CINDY SHEEHAN'S SOAPBOX   

CNN STINKS by Anthony Freda

CNN STINKS by  Anthony Freda     CNN is infamous for lying us into wars with unconfirmed propaganda and at the same time mocking alternative media outlets questioning dubious official narratives.   The masters of fake news have out done themselves by showing a reporter inhaling objects supposedly exposed to deadly chemical weaponry.   The mainstream media is actively hostile to the president on nearly every issue, but they have finally found something he is doing that they can embrace.   The warmongering, corporate media love war. Their war promotion campaigns are essential components of the war machine.    Intelligence agencies manufacture scenarios which provide a moral pretext to military aggression, and an incurious or controlled press sell these specious arguments to a distracted public. From FAIR: A survey by FAIR of the top 100 papers in the US by circulation found not a single editorial board opposed to Trump’s April 13 airstrikes on

Sorry, Not Sorry: Open Letter to Babs Bush (Ca 2005) by Cindy Sheehan

So the wife of one war criminal and mother of others has died at the very ripe old age of 92--according to the establishment media and political oligarchy, we are supposed to be remembering a "plainspoken political icon" ( LA Slimes, April 17, 2018) instead of the Wicked Witch of War Criminals. I think it's incumbent upon we in the 99% to recall the devastating remarks she made on Good Morning America on the eve of the war that killed my son: "Why should we hear about body bags and death? It's not relevant. Why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?" Or her callous disregard for Katrina refugees:  Death does not confer respectability on such a privileged and cold-hearted life. She and her killer spouse reportedly played golf the day after their young daughter died from leukemia. This kind of behavior cannot be made up: It's deplorable and reprehensible. Maybe the death of such a one should not be celebrated, but ne

A MAY DAY 2018 Greeting and Salute from Ray Light and Cindy Sheehan

Click for ROL, USA BLOG -Issued by the Revolutionary Organization of Labor (USA)- A MAY DAY 2018 Greeting and Salute to the High School Youth Protesting Violence in Public Schools and Communities Across the USA --- from Ray Light and Cindy Sheehan --- We are encouraged that tens of thousands of high school youth left their schools and took to the streets to protest the fact that, even in school, our youth, holding the future of our country in their hands, are not safe from an epidemic of violence that is sweeping across the USA. The youth are finally beginning to get the message, the wisdom, that  Martin Luther King, Jr.  had come to realize and courageously shared in the year before his assassination fifty years ago: “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world  today [is] my own government.” (MLK Speech at Riverside Church, April 4, 1967) Many thousands of Afro-American youth, Latinos and other youth of color and many white youth had already realized that their lives

The People Say "No" to Trump's War Expansion (Cindy Sheehan on Loud and Clear)

On April 13, Cindy Sheehan appeared on Loud and Clear with Brian Becker and John Kiriakou to discuss the worsening (US engineered) crisis in Syria.  CLICK LINK BELOW TO LISTEN To address the urgent need to stop a war on Syria, Cindy Sheehan, an anti-war activist and journalist whose son Casey was killed during the Iraq War, and Gerry Condon, the president of Veterans for Peace, a Vietnam-era veteran, and a war resister who spent six years in Sweden and Canada after refusing orders in Vietnam, join the show.

Women's March on the Pentagon: CIndy Speaks in Huntington, LI. (SOAPBOX PODCAST APRIL 15, 2018)

April 15, 2018 This week, we hear from the Executive Producer and Host of Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox, Cindy herself. Recently, Cindy was on a tour of the eastern part of the US to promote and organize for  The Women's March on the Pentagon Her talk in Huntington, Long Island was recorded and we present it here. CINDY SHEEHAN'S SOAPBOX 

Cindy Sheehan's Statement for Spring Action Against War

Dear comrades, brothers and sisters, and friends, I am sorry I was not able to attend this important event today—-I just got home from a 10 day organizing trip for the Women’s March on the Pentagon (scheduled for October 21st later this year) and on the final day of the trip in Lancaster PA, I fell down and banged myself up. As you all probably know, the US is involved in imperialist wars of aggression in seven countries and has about 1000 military bases in over 140 countries: if that’s not an evil empire I don’t know what is. The organizers for the Women’s March on the Pentagon, of which I am the chair, believe that a new antiwar movement that is a-partisan and against both wings of the War Bird in Congress and the White House urgently needs to arise. Barack Obama, who bragged about “being good at killing” took the two wars of the Bush-Cheney regime and turned them into seven, because he was not just an imperialist, but an over-achieving imperialist. For the most part, during t

We Condemn the Zionist Massacre in Gaza Statement from the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity

We Condemn the Zionist Massacre in Gaza Statement from the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity   Photo: Khalli Hamra We Condemn the Zionist Massacre in Gaza   March 31, 2018.   Fort the last 42 years, every March 30 Land Day is commemorated by the Palestinian people. It is the day in which 6 demonstrators were assassinated for opposing the occupation in 1976. This Friday hundreds of thousands of their children, youth, elderly and the people in general peacefully demonstrated in the great March of Return.   They gathered by setting up tents as close as possible to the dividing line of the Gaza Strip and other Palestine territories occupied since 1948. In the demonstration only Palestinian flags were displayed; the unifying symbol reaffirming their commitment of struggle for the return of all refugees to their homes and their lands. At the same time the people gathered in different zones and occupied regio

War is not a "Single Issue" by guest blogger Daniel Martin

War is not a "Single Issue " by Guest Blogger Daniel Martin I would like to call attention to a fallacy that I often hear:  the notion that war is a “single issue”.  The statement is often made as a qualifier for support of politicians or parties, despite their objectionable stances on war.  “I am against war, but I am not a single issue voter.”  Have you ever made this argument, or heard someone make it? If the first paragraph has already taken you out of your comfort zone, please allow me to qualify something.  This essay is not about for whom you should or shouldn’t vote.  Nor are any presumptions made about the efficacy of your vote, in and of itself.  No grand solutions are presented here on how to fix our democracy/oligarchy, or whether we even have the optimal form of government in place.  The purpose here is merely to advocate for an honest conversation about war that doesn’t minimize it or compartmentalize it as a “single issue.”  This