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Break the Silence on Afghanistan

By Stop the War

Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, November 22, 2011
 
 
 
1) BREAK THE SILENCE ON AFGHANISTAN
 
There is a conspiracy of silence about the war in Afghanistan, despite the fact that the occupation is in growing trouble. Five British soldiers have died in the last ten days but their deaths have barely been reported. Britain and the US are trying to push an agreement that they can keep thousands of soldiers in the country after the so-called withdrawal date of 2014. Polls show this is deeply unpopular with the Afghans. On Saturday 1,000 students marched against the deal in Jalalabad. But the plans are barely mentioned in the British media.
 
Stop the War is supporting an Afghanistan Withdrawal Group meeting tomorrow night in parliament featuring  Rodric Braithwaite, author of an important book about the Russian occupation of Afghanistan, 'Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan 1979-89'. Tariq Ali wrote in the London Review of Books that: 'Each
page reads like a warning to Afghanistan's current occupiers.'   
 
PUBLIC MEETING
Afghanistan Withdrawal Group of MPs
The Russians in Afghanistan 1979-89: Lessons for Today Tuesday 22 November, 6.30-8.30pm Committee Room 9, House of Commons, SW1A 0AA (St Stephens entrance, nearest tube Westminster)
See: http://bit.ly/s0KZ48
 
SEE ALSO:
Lindsey German: Five British soldiers killed in the forgotten Afghanistan war:
http://bit.ly/rOi5aI
 
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2) DON'T ATTACK IRAN
 
The west is ratcheting up the pressure against Iran almost daily. Today Chancellor George Osborne prohibited the British finance sector from dealing with Iranian banks. This follows a toughening of UN sanctions against Iran last week and earlier reports of plans being laid for military action by Britain and the US.
 
The anti war movement needs to take the strongest possible stand against moves to war with Iran. The campaign starts in London on December 5th with a public rally featuring, amongst others, Iranian activist Abbas Edalat, Tony Benn, Lindsey German and George Galloway.
 
PUBLIC MEETING
Don't Attack Iran
Monday 5 December, 7pm
Speakers include George Galloway, Tony Benn, Lindsey German and Abbas Edalat.
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion sq, London WC1R 4RL
 
SEE ALSO:
If you lived in Iran, wouldn't you want the nuclear bomb?  http://bit.ly/spwCBJ What is to be done about Iran's nuclear power programme? http://bit.ly/uGyNne
 
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3) STOP THE WAR FUNDRAISING DINNER - LAST CHANCE TO BOOK
 
Well over one hundred people are already booked, but there are still some places left at Stop the War's fundraising dinner on Wednesday. The dinner is to celebrate a decade of anti war campaigning and Andrew Murray's ten years as Chair of the Coalition.
 
The dinner will take place on Wednesday 23rd November at 7.30 pm at the Ev Restaurant, 97-99 Isabella Street, London SE1 8DA (nearest tube Southwark).
 
Tickets for the dinner are 40 a head, with a 10% discount for bookings of six or more. There is a special rate for local Stop the War groups. Payment can be made by cheque or card.  Please phone us on 0207 801 2768 if you want to come.
 

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STOP THE WAR COALITION
Newsletter No.1226
21 November 2011
Email office@stopwar.org.uk
Tel: 020 7801 2768
Web: http://stopwar.org.uk
Twitter: http://twitter.com/STWuk
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/stopthewarcoalition

 


 

 

 

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