Housman’s Radical Books, London – Events Newsletter for October 2009



1. Housmans Peace Diary 2010

2. Peace House 50th Birthday Celebrations

3. Request for a volunteer electrician


4. ‘Black Shoes’ by Michael Obiora
Saturday 3rd October – 5pm till 6.30pm

5. ‘Payback ’ with Rosemary Hayes
Saturday 10th October – 5pm till 6.30pm

6. Five Issues presents:
‘Necropolis: rehearsing Koltes in such times’
A play by Kolkata Campus
Wednesday 14th October – 7pm till 8.30pm

R.A.G. Issue Launch & Colin Ward film screening
Friday 23rd October – 7pm till late

8. Zed Books present:
‘Lugo: The Priest of Paraguay’ with Hugh O’Shaughnessy
Saturday 31st October – 5pm till 6.30pm

9. Forthcoming Events


10. ‘Waiting For The Etonians’ by Nick Cohen

11. ‘Demanding The Impossible’ by Peter H. Marshall

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Video: The siege of Tegucigalpa

Repression ordered to the neighborhoods of the Honduran capital, forcing the poor to fight or starve

As the anti-coup resistance approaches 90 consecutive days of civil disobedience, it counts itself a new international ally. The government of Brazil has replaced the United States as international organizer in bringing down the coup government of Roberto Micheletti. The Real News gets an update on the situation in the capital from independent journalist Sandra Cuffe, and a fresh analysis from Al Giordano.

Produced by: Jesse Freeston

Al Giordano is an investigative journalist based in Chiapas, Mexico. He has spent most of the summer of 2009 reporting from post-coup Honduras. He is originally from the Bronx, New York. Since 2000 he has been the publisher of Narco News, which reports mainly on the US War on Drugs effects on the people of Mexico and Central America. He is also the founder of the School for Authentic Journalism and writes a blog called The Field which focuses on US politics.

Sandra Cuffe is an independent journalist and photographer from Montréal, Canada. She contributes regularly to The Dominion magazine in Canada, and Latin American political newsletter, Upside Down World.

You can find her photos from Honduras at: http://flickr.com/photos/lavagabunda

US, NATO Poised For Most Massive War In Afghanistan’s History By Rick Rozoff

24 September, 2009 — Stop NATO

Over the past week U.S. newspapers and television networks have been abuzz with reports that Washington and its NATO allies are planning an unprecedented increase of troops for the war in Afghanistan, even in addition to the 17,000 new American and several thousand NATO forces that have been committed to the war so far this year.

The number, based on as yet unsubstantiated reports of what U.S. and NATO commander Stanley McChrystal and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Michael Mullen have demanded of the White House, range from 10,000 to 45,000.

Fox News has cited figures as high as 45,000 more American soldiers and ABC News as many as 40,000. On September 15 the Christian Science Monitor wrote of ‘perhaps as many as 45,000.’

The similarity of the estimates indicate that a number has been agreed upon and America’s obedient media is preparing domestic audiences for the possibility of the largest escalation of foreign armed forces in Afghanistan’s history. Only seven years ago the United States had 5,000 troops in the country, but was scheduled to have 68,000 by December even before the reports of new deployments surfaced.

An additional 45,000 troops would bring the U.S. total to 113,000. There are also 35,000 troops from some 50 other nations serving under NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in the nation, which would raise combined troop strength under McChrystal’s command to 148,000 if the larger number of rumored increases materializes.

As the former Soviet Union withdrew its soldiers from Afghanistan twenty years ago the New York Times reported ‘At the height of the Soviet commitment, according to Western intelligence estimates, there were 115,000 troops deployed.’ [1]

Nearly 150,000 U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan would represent the largest foreign military presence ever in the land.

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