Hope and fairer thoughts from Afghan youth/ Drones on UK soil/ Solidarity with Guantanamo hunger strikers
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APV on Fairer Thoughts

Afghan Peace Volunteers on Fairer Education: 

“My heart was sinking with doom.” Abdulhai
 
“Yes, I’m finally getting somewhere.” Samia
 
“These systems have made a handful of elite corporatists and rulers very rich, while all of us, including the elite, become less and less like free human beings.” Hakim

Read more: 
http://ourjourneytosmile.com/blog/2013/04/love-letters-from-kabul-on-fairer-thoughts/
Watch Samia's interview on going to school:
http://youtu.be/2cxWMRhGPwI

UK Drones

Just days after protests at RAF Waddington: A number of British defence journalists are reporting that the first British drone strike from UK soil was carried out on the 30th April from RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire.  No details about the strike have officially been released, nor are they likely to be given the secrecy surrounding the use of British drones. 

This first British drone strike carried out from UK soil, striking a target more than 3,000 miles away in Afghanistan should make us all, even those who support the use of military force in Afghanistan, pause for thought.

Read more by Chris Cole: http://dronewarsuk.wordpress.com/2013/05/01/first-british-drone-strike-carried-out-from-uk-raf-waddington/

17-19 May 2013: Global Weekend of Action on the Guantánamo Hunger Strike

Join the international fast to show solidarity

Organize an event in your community

Sign the petition

Almost all of the remaining 166 prisoners at Guantánamo Bay (many of whom are Afghan) have been on hunger strike since around 6 February. Held for over 11 years, more than half of the prisoners have been cleared for release and only 6 face charges. Of those 6, in the case of at least two prisoners, the evidence has clearly been obtained through torture, including waterboarding. They face no prospect of a fair trial. Ignored by the mainstream media, failed by the Red Cross who left Guantánamo Bay one day before the military used plastic bullets and force against starving, weakened men, and the governments of the states they are from, we call on all citizens of the world to take a stand for justice and join us, as the hunger strike enters its 100th day on 17 May, in a global weekend of action.  

For more details on the global event see: http://londonguantanamocampaign.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/17-19-may-2013-global-weekend-of-action.html

Read more background on Guantanamo by Aisha Maniar: http://onesmallwindow.wordpress.com/2013/04/04/friends-like-these/

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