Oc­cu­pa­tion starts off 2018 de­mand­ing Youth

The Miracle - - Front Page - By:Ja­nine Solanki

In only the first few weeks, 2018 has al­ready proven to be one of in­creas­ing war and oc­cu­pa­tion. The US govern­ment and its al­lies are lead­ing an ag­gres­sive cam­paign of threats and geno­ci­dal sanc­tions against North Korea. Ye­men con­tin­ues to face the world’s worst hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis with daily bomb­ing from US-backed Saudi Ara­bia. Iran is also once again a pri­mary tar­get of US govern­ment war-mon­ger­ing. Ye­men to­day is in the grip of a dev­as­tat­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis. The World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO) has la­beled the cholera epi­demic in Ye­men as the worst in the world, which is now at over one mil­lion cases. On top of this, Ye­men is fac­ing famine, which UN hu­man­i­tar­ian chief Mark Low­cock warns will be “the largest famine the world has seen for many decades, with mil­lions of vic­tims.” All of this is not by chance, but as a di­rect con­se­quence of the US-backed Saudi Ara­bian war against Ye­men, which has seen rou­tine bomb­ings hit­ting homes and crit­i­cal in­fras­truc­ture in­clud­ing hos­pi­tals and san­i­ta­tion sys­tems. Saudi Ara­bia has also im­posed a land, sea and air block­ade on Ye­men, cre­at­ing short­ages of food, fuel and med­i­cal sup­plies and lim­it­ing des­per­ately needed hu­man­i­tar­ian aid from en­ter­ing the coun­try. On Jan­uary 27, Mo­bi­liza­tion Against War and Oc­cu­pa­tion (MAWO) gath­ered ac­tivists and peace-lov­ing peo­ple to­gether for an an­ti­war rally and pe­ti­tion drive. MAWO has been or­ga­niz­ing th­ese demon­stra­tions ev­ery month for over 14 years, cam­paign­ing for an end to the new era of war and oc­cu­pa­tion, which fea­tures the United States and its al­lies or­ga­niz­ing for war, oc­cu­pa­tion, sanc­tions, and threats against op­pressed na­tions. Since the be­gin­ning of the so-called “war on ter- ror” in Septem­ber 2001, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Ye­men, Pales­tine, Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea, Iran, and many oth­ers have all been tar­gets of Amer­i­can led cam­paigns for more war and de­struc­tion. Dur­ing the Jan­uary 27 ac­tion in down­town Van­cou­ver, ac­tivists ap­proached passers-by, invit­ing them to add their sig­na­tures to a pe­ti­tion de­mand­ing that Canada end its $15 bil­lion arms deal with Saudi Ara­bia. The deal is for so-called “light” ar­mored ve­hi­cles which in re­al­ity are heav­ily armed mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles, sim­i­lar to ones which Saudi Ara­bia has used to crush protests in Bahrain and against its own peo­ple. MAWO’s in­for­ma­tion ta­ble was busy with peo­ple stop­ping to find out more and to open dis­cus­sions with or­ga­niz­ers, at­tracted by ban­ners setup de­mand­ing “US/ Saudi Ara­bia Hands off Ye­men!” and “US and Canada Hands off North Korea!” To wrap up the rally MAWO chair Al­i­son Bo­dine spoke, bring­ing in more peo­ple at the busy down­town plaza, against the in­creas­ing wars and oc­cu­pa­tions and en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to get in­volved to or­ga­nize against th­ese wars and for the self-de­ter­mi­na­tion of all op­pressed na­tions! MAWO en­cour­ages all peace-lov­ing peo­ple join events and ac­tions against this new era of war and oc­cu­pa­tion. To find out more visit www.ma­wovan­cou­ver.org of fol­low MAWO on Face­book and Twit­ter @MAWOVan.

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