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USA: Women soldier refuses deployment to Iraq

Statement made at Ft. Benning, GA on November 17, 2005 by SPC Katherine Jashinski, first woman in the military to publicly declare resistance to participation in the war:

"My name is Katherine Jashinski. I am a SPC in the Texas Army National Guard. I was born in Milwaukee, WI and I am 22 years old. When I graduated high school I moved to Austin, TX to attend college. At age 19 I enlisted in the Guard as a cook because I wanted to experience military life.

British soldier ready to refuse Iraq deployment

George Solomou (see picture left), a 38-year-old soldier with the British Territorial Army, announced on 19 January 2005 that he will refuse to deploy to Iraq if called up to do so. Prior to his press conference, Solomou, who had completed his military service in Cyprus for the Greek Army before moving to Britain, talked to Peace News:

"I would encourage soldiers not to join up ...

Britain: Muslim Iraq war objector looses appeal

Related peace activists: 

Muslim Gulf war conscientious objector Mohisin Khan, who refused to take part in the war on Iraq because he did not want to fight against fellow Muslims, lost his appeal in the hight court against his prosecution by the RAF for going absent without leave on 7 October 2004.

Khan voluntarily enlisted in the Royal Air Force in December 1999, and joined the Medical Assistant trade on an engagement for 9 years of service plus 6 years reserve.

USA: Amnesty International alert on imprisonment of a conscientious objector

On 17 September, Amnesty International released an urgent action on conscientious objector Abdullah William Webster, a sergeant of the US army who was sentenced by a court-martial to 14 months imprisonment for refusing to participate in the war in Iraq on the basis of his religious beliefs. Abdullah Webster is a US citizen who has served in the US army since 1985. He had been based in Bamberg, Germany since 2001 from where he was requested to deploy to Iraq between March and April 2003.

A Europe that refuses war? Antimilitarism and the European Social Forum

The European Social Forum in Paris in November 2003 stated in its final document: "We march for a Europe that refuses war". At the same time, many European countries - Britain, Poland, Spain, the Netherlands, to mention just a few - were contributing troops to the "coalition of the willing" occupying Iraq, and the heads of the European Union were discussing a new "EU constitution", with a heavy military component, which would mark a major milestone in the militarisation of the European Union (see article below).

A Europe that refuses war? Hardly.

Britain: Mother of soldier killed in Iraq starts petition for withdrawal

The mother of a British soldier killed in an Iraqi ambush has launched a petition for the withdrawal of UK troops as she prepares to sue the Ministry of Defence over the death of her son.

Rose Gentle, 40, whose outspoken criticism of the conflict has fuelled criticisms that her grief has been hijacked by anti-war campaigners, denied yesterday that she was being manipulated. "Let's just make this clear," she said. "It was my decision to speak out. Nobody is using me.

Aufruf zur Kriegsdienstverweigerung von Veteranen an Aktive Militärtruppen und Reservisten

Wir sind Veteranen der Streitkräfte der US. Wir stehen mit der Mehrheit der Menschheit, einschließlich Millionen unseres eigenen Landes, in Opposition zu dem jetzt mit aller Kraft vorbereiteten Krieg der US gegen den Irak. Wir waren in vielen Kriegen vertreten und zu verschiedenen Zeiten; wir haben verschiedene politische Ansichten, aber wir stimmen in dem überein, dass dieser Krieg falsch ist. Viele von uns glaubten, im Militär zu dienen, sei unsere Pflicht, und es sei unsere Aufgabe, dieses Land zu verteidigen.

Deserteure im Irak

Gerade GegnerInnen des Regimes werden unter einem Krieg am meisten zu leiden haben

Saddam Hussein fürchtet um die Loyalität seiner Truppen

Als während des zweiten Golfkrieges 1991 die Niederlage der irakischen Truppen offensichtlich wurde, kam es zu massenhaften Desertionen. Viele von ihnen wurden Opfer von Bombardierungen durch die damalige Anti-Irak-Koalition, andere wurden Opfer der irakischen Sicherheitskräfte, die sich nach dem Krieg, und nachdem klar war, dass den USA damals nicht an einer Absetzung Saddam Husseins gelegen war, reorganisierten.

No war on Iraq!

Nonviolent direct actions and acts of civil disobedience international

This is a summary of some more radical actions against the war on Iraq. It includes nonviolent direct actions and actions of civil disobedience. The document consists mainly of reports from a wide range of sources -- most of the internet based. [webmaster's note: some of the original reports refer to photos which have been deleted from this version for reasons of filesize.

Materialien für den Fall eines Irak-Krieges

Diese Seite beinhaltet Links zu Materialien für AktivistInnen. Einige befinden sich auf der Website der WRI; andere verweisen auf externe Links.

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