Skip Nav | Home | Mobile | Editorial Guidelines | Mission Statement | About Us | Contact | Help | Security | Support Us


World Afghanistan

Resistance to the Imperial War of Terror waged on Afghanistan since 2001

See also UK Indymedia - Afghanistan

Bradley Manning's Trial begins 3 June. Call-out for solidarity everywhere

27-05-2013 11:22 | Afghanistan | Anti-militarism | Iraq | Repression | Terror War | World

The trial in the Court Martial of Welsh-American WikiLeaks Whistleblower Bradley Manning is finally scheduled to begin on Monday 3 June 2013 at Fort Meade, Maryland, US after an unprecedented three years of pre-trial detention. The mistreatment of Bradley Manning in prison including almost a year of torture by the US authorities that was condemned by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture has to be seen in the context of the vast, 'secret' Grand Jury conspiracy and espionage investigation into WikiLeaks and the pressure that must have been exerted on Brad in a sustained but ultimately unsuccessful attempt to persuade him to testify against Julian Assange, who the US authorities very badly want to get their hands on.

Read or listen to Bradley Manning's statement to the court (extracts below) and his chat logs to see why he felt that the information he found himself in possession of should be shared with the world and what he hoped might happen as a result of risking his life and liberty to do this.

There are 22 charges against Brad including 'Aiding the Enemy' that potentially carries the death penalty although the prosecution has said it will not seek this sentence. Brad has already pled guilty to 10 lesser charges that could themselves result in a 20 year jail term and the government has accepted his lesser plea on just one count but not on any of the other lesser charges, for which it will still bring evidence. During the final pre-trial hearing on 21 May, Judge Lind announced that portions of the trial dealing with 24 witnesses, including US Ambassadors, will be held in closed session, with redacted transcripts provided afterwards.

The US, aided and abetted by Britain, is pursuing a permanent 'War on Terror' and continues its project of creating and escalating conflict around the globe at terrible cost to human life. The significance of the anti-war actions of Bradley Manning and Julian Assange can be judged by reference to the zeal with which both are being persecuted by the US authorities and the extent to which they have been variously misrepresented, vilified, smeared, ridiculed or ignored in the mainstream media. As anti-war activists or war resisters, they deserve our support and solidarity.

Join existing or create your own solidarity actions on Saturday 1 June and throughout Brad's trial, expected to last into August unless there's an early plea deal. 1 June solidarity is currently planned for London and Cardiff.

Previous features: December 2012 (Torture hearing) | April 2011 (Call-out for solidarity)
On the newswires (recent): Thanking Bradley Manning in Kabul | Bradley Manning's in jail for us, We're on the streets for him | 1 June call-out for Cardiff | Vivienne Westwood supports Brad | London solidarity in run-up to trial | Solidarity at Chester May Day | Downloadable flyers for 1 June | London solidarity/Report from Fort Meade | Brad nominated for Nobel Peace Prize (again) | Wrexham solidarity on 1000th day of detention

Other links: | | | | Alexa O'Brien's searchable database of all available legal documents |

Read more | 5 comments

Citizens' Weapons Inspectors lock-on outside EDO MBM

18-07-2012 10:11 | Smash EDO | Afghanistan | Anti-militarism | Palestine | South Coast | World

On Monday 16th July 2012 Smash EDO held a Citizen's Weapons Inspection' of EDO. Kent, Sussex and Hampshire Police used new Police Liaison Officers and a steel wall against demonstrators.

Despite this, activists dressed in white suits managed to breach the police cordon and hang banners outside the factory gates and close down the industrial estate by locking-on to the police cordon.

On Sunday 15th July Smash EDO hosted a gathering against the G8, launching a new network. There will be a workshop to plan action against the G8 at Earth First and the next gathering will be 22nd September in Birmingham.

Links: Smash EDO| FITwatch| Mainstream media coverage

From the Newswire: Call to kettle the police at Smash EDO's Citizen's Weapons Inspection| Pics| Update| Future Smash EDO events

Read more

Call to kettle the police at Smash EDO's Citizen's Weapons Inspection

13-07-2012 09:56 | Afghanistan | Anti-militarism | Palestine | South Coast | World

At 1pm on Monday 16th July a group of concerned citizens from Brighton and beyond will be attempting to inspect the EDO MBM factory in Moulsecoomb to further highlight the factory’s complicity in the murder of innocent civilians around the world.

It has long been known that this local company has links with illegal and immoral arms deals and Smash EDO intend to hold them to account. In January 2009 six activists broke in and successfully decommissioned the factory and then waited to be arrested by the police. At their later trial a jury found that their actions were entirely legal as they were acting to prevent war crimes against civilians in Gaza.

This mass action is part of an ongoing 'Summer of Resistance' which has seen almost daily actions by protesters against the factory in May and June and which will continue until the end of July.

Demonstrators will converge at the Level at 1pm.

A call has been made to FITwatchers to kettle the police and to sabotage their new tactic of using Police Liaison Officers to pacify the crowd.

The day before the demo anti-capitalists will be converging in Brighton for a day of plotting and scheming against the 2013 G8, to be held in the UK

Links: Smash EDO | FITwatch

Local Contacts for the Weapons Inspection: London: | Bristol: | Manchester: | Swansea:

Read more

Summer 2012 antimilitarist actions

27-04-2012 20:16 | Smash EDO | Afghanistan | Anti-militarism | Iraq | Palestine | London | South Coast | World

The UK antimilitarist movement is building fresh coalitions against new developments in state militarism. In March activists converged in Bristol to confront an unmanned drones conference and a ‘Disarm the National Gallery’ campaign was launched in London to end arms trade sponsorship of the gallery. This week delegates visiting the annual Counter-Terror conference were met by a counter-protest and Vince Cable's speech at the UKTI conference was disrupted.

Smash EDO, who have campaigned to shut EDO MBM down for eight years are launching three months of action, from May 1st to August 1st, next week with a mayday noise demonstration, a bad music demonstration and a phone and twitter blockade to name just a few of the planned events.

And in Scotland, Faslane peace camp are calling for 30 days of action against Faslane nuclear base.

On the newswire: Vince Cable's speech to Arms Industry disrupted | Protest & Vigil At Shenstone Drones Factory | Smash Edo reports | Anti-militarism topic

Links: Stop The Arms Fair | Disarm DSEi | Space Hijackers | Smash EDO | CAAT | London CAAT

Smash EDO Summer of resistance reports: Picket of Barclays - 27/4/12| A few words on sensationalist journalism, protest bans and the local rag| The Summer of Resistance starts here| Mayday! Mayday! The Summer of Resistance Day One| Day Two: Face the Music| Day Three: Hot on the Wire| Day Four: Surprise! Surprise!| Smash EDO Summer of Resistance Week Two begins| Bikes not Bombs: Smash EDO Summer of Resistance hits the Pedals| Ratchet up the Racket: Summer of Resistance Continues| Summer of Resistance Targets Barclays

Read more | 2 comments

SchNEWS: Eye-Witness Afghanistan

04-02-2010 21:29 | Afghanistan | South Coast | World

Ever keen to get an up close and personal look at the world's most troubled regions, SchNEWS was fortunate enough to sweet-talk Brightonian Al Jazeera journalist, Medyan Diarieh, recently returned from reporting in Afghanistan. As a Palestinian who has extensively covered the conflicts in the occupied Palestinian territories, Iraq and Turkish Kurdistan for many years, he's a man with a useful perspective on events on the ground in what's become Britain's longest war since the days of Empire. Medyan has become a well known figure amongst pro-Palestine and anti-war protesters, informing the public in the Arab-speaking world of the UK's solidarity movements.

Interviewer: So what was it like arriving in Afghanistan?

Medyan: When I arrived in Kabul I could see even from the plane that it is a very poor city. When you walk from the airport you can see Turkish army and American armies, but the airport is very small and the electricity is cut off for half an hour at a time. Once I went to the street, I knew everything about this country. There is no life at all. The electricity is sometimes on sometimes off, no clean water, no sanitation at all. And this is in Kabul. Outside the city is nothing, most people don't know what a cooker is - they just cook on wood. Most of the roads in Afghanistan have not been concreted. The water you see on the street is sewage water coming from the houses since no proper sewage system is in place. Some of the streets I visited have a stream of dirty water running, and they are really hazardous. The houses are very poor. This is Afghanistan.

Also in SchNEWS 708: A HONDURAN LOBO-TOMY 'Return to democracy' sees the coup leaders holding on to power and upping the repression | INSIDE SCHNEWS Decommissioner James Elijah Smith is moved again, this time to Sheppey | STOP 'N SUE Kingsnorth Climate Campers win in the High Court against unlawful police stop and searches, protesters expect big payouts | VOULEZ VOUS COUCHE? No Borders and SoS Soutien open an autonomous safe space in Calais | TREADING A FINE LINE RBS branch in art attack, this time because of tar sands | DIAMONDS ARE FOR NEVER Top jeweller Tiffany subjected to protests for their involvement with Botswana's ethnic cleansing of the Bushmen | OVER THE MAINSHILL? Report of last week's eviction of the Mainshill Solidarity camp | BLAIR FACED CHEEK Anti-Blair demos outside the Chilcot Inquiry | ..AND FINALLY.. Swordfish sabotages Total Oil pipeline in Algeria

Read more | 2 comments

World Afghanistan Feature Archive >>

/regional publish include --> /regional search include -->

World Afghanistan Newswire

Text Chios, Greece: 'hot spot' empties, 800 tear down gate and march to harbor
01-04-2016 16:45

Text collocata a cinque giorni di navigazione......
04-02-2016 12:52

Image Casualties among the Afghan military men due to aerial operations of USAF
06-05-2015 09:06

Image Afghanistan : Never ending war
14-04-2015 11:50

Audio UG#691 - Big Drugs,Big Money& Big Guns (Deep State from Afghanistan to Susurluk)
18-09-2014 16:50

Image Photos/reports from days before the NATO summit in Newport
04-09-2014 11:27 | 1 comment

Text ARMS DEALERS ON TRIAL DEMO Outside Thames Magistrates Court at 9am on Thursday
21-04-2014 20:59 | 2 comments

Image Fr Martin Newell jailed for unpaid peace protest fines
16-03-2014 12:14 | 2 comments

Image Mista Accomplice Dreams of Big PR OP
30-12-2013 15:30

Text Noam Chomsky and the willful ignorance of 9/11
30-11-2013 09:27 | 21 comments

Text Is Canada Guilty of War Crimes?
20-11-2013 17:56

Image Afghan refugee resistance in Belgium
03-10-2013 12:47 | 2 comments

Text Michael Gove deserves to be tried for aiding and abetting Blair's war crimes
27-08-2013 17:10 | 5 comments

Text Why was a Sunday Times report on US government ties to al-Qaeda chief spiked?
18-05-2013 21:15

Text Call for an Anti-Militarist Action against the G8 on June 12th
09-05-2013 22:44

Image Bradley Manning explains chronology of leaks and his [exemplary] motivation
01-03-2013 09:05

Image Iraq: Was it Worth It?...Are You Kidding?
15-02-2013 15:56

Image Barbara Tucker now on hunger strike: started Thursday 27th
31-12-2012 16:36 | 2 comments

Image Yuletide in Parliament Square – War and Peace
29-12-2012 06:29

Image Winter in Parliament Square
12-12-2012 12:45

Image Drone info stall in Wrexham 11 Dec: report and photos
12-12-2012 11:32

Text Remembering the dead in Gaza this Wednesday at EDO
11-12-2012 02:38

Text On 11th January 2013, All Roads Lead to Guantánamo (11th anniversary action)
09-12-2012 22:57

Text Yearly Smash EDO Halloween demo, Wed 31st, 4pm
29-10-2012 13:30

Image Protesting drones at RAF Waddington, Lincs. Some photos
26-10-2012 22:15

Text We are Borjan, Sardar Wali and Khan Bibi
25-10-2012 06:19

Image Malala Yousafzai a Fighter For Socialism
11-10-2012 13:42 | 1 comment

Image Examining Many Of Mormon Candidate Mitt Romney's Debate Lies
04-10-2012 20:25 | 1 comment

Image Ground the Drones Week of Action: 6 - 13 October 2012
18-09-2012 17:09

Image Camp Bastion attacked - heaviest US air loss since Vietnam.
17-09-2012 00:12 | 1 comment

Text Why The US and NATO are Losing the War in Afghanistan (Leaked Defence Report)
31-08-2012 01:25

Text Manufacture of components used to fire cluster munitions challenged in court
23-08-2012 22:45

Text Smash EDO blockaders found guillty, appeal planned
23-08-2012 18:10

Text Smash EDO Press Release- arms trade protest case- Verdict expected this Thursday
22-08-2012 13:16

Text U.S. Republicans Own The "Voting Machine" Count Falsifiers
15-08-2012 20:39

Image US Republican Mitt Romney Picks a Bowhunter as Running Mate
12-08-2012 16:54

Text Smash EDO: End to the summer of Resistance & August break
04-08-2012 21:40

Text Brighton arms trade corruption challenged in court
29-07-2012 10:07

Text Smash EDO: Andrew Feinstein talk and London CAAT action
17-07-2012 21:08

Text EDO MBM shut-down after activists lock on to police cordon
17-07-2012 16:37 | 2 comments

Text Mass Citizens' Weapons Inspection of EDO today
16-07-2012 09:07 | 1 comment

Text Gathering to plan resistance to the G8 - this Sunday in Brighton
12-07-2012 09:29 | 1 comment

Text Smash EDO: Meeting point for weapons inspection announced
09-07-2012 11:12

Text EDO MBM manufacturing parts for US A10 plane as Smash EDO prepares for mass demo
09-07-2012 10:17

Image Reports from Smash EDO's Summer of Resistance
06-07-2012 15:08

Text Smash EDO: Events and weapons inspection on July 16th
04-07-2012 10:50

Text Phone and Twitter Blockade of EDO Today
03-07-2012 10:54

Text EDO in Brighton developing new generation of micro weapons for US assassinations
29-06-2012 12:03 | 2 comments

Image Bad Music Demo - Smash EDO Summer of Resistance week eight
27-06-2012 20:46 | 2 comments

Text Smash EDO Citizens' Weapons Inspection of EDO MBM
25-06-2012 09:21

Text Smash EDO: Summer of Resistance Action Callout
24-06-2012 20:39

Image Remembering Simon Levin
24-06-2012 12:43 | 3 comments

Text Reflections on the Tory smear campaign against Smash EDO
22-06-2012 14:06 | 1 comment

Text Day of the Dead - For the victims of aerial bombardment
21-06-2012 08:24 | 1 comment

Text Report of Surprise noise demo today at EDO
18-06-2012 22:02

Text Smash EDO: Mass action July 16th and G8 convergence
17-06-2012 20:27 | 3 comments

Text Surprise noise demo at EDO - Report
16-06-2012 09:55

Image Magna Carta Anniversary Marked with Death of Habeas Corpus Rights for Guantánamo
14-06-2012 17:13

Image Report of Critical Mass against EDO
14-06-2012 11:12 | 3 comments

Text Smash EDO direct action affinity group training, Wed 13th
12-06-2012 18:42

Text Phone and twitter blockade of EDO today
12-06-2012 09:08 | 2 comments

Text Smash EDO: Naming the dead, Phone blockade and critical mass
09-06-2012 22:00

Text Report of Surprise noise demo today at EDO
08-06-2012 18:48

Image Imagining a world without EDO: Smash EDO Summer of Resistance week six
06-06-2012 20:16 | 2 comments

Image Smash EDO Press Release - Anti-militarists march against attack on Iran
04-06-2012 21:22

Image 11 Glorious years!! Rejoice at the continuing golden Peace Campaign
02-06-2012 15:46 | 7 comments

Text Press Release-Smash EDO prepares for march against the prospect of war with Iran
01-06-2012 08:26

Image Sussex gets a new political copper: SmashEDO Summer of resistance demo report
31-05-2012 11:15 | 1 comment

Text Smash EDO Statement on today's judgement on John Catt's appeal
30-05-2012 14:05 | 1 addition | 3 comments

Text Smash EDO Summer of Resistance Week five
30-05-2012 11:43

Text Smash EDO: June 4th coming up! All to the streets
29-05-2012 11:35

Text Sabotage at EDO
25-05-2012 16:36

Image Summer of Resistance action report - Thursday 24/05/2012
25-05-2012 12:37

Text Smash EDO Open Letter to the Argus about the Don't Attack Iran Demo
25-05-2012 00:28

Image Smash EDO Summer of Resistance: Bringing the Noise of War home
23-05-2012 23:32

Text War what is it good for: Smash EDO Summer of Resistance Week Four begins
21-05-2012 23:07

Image Report of today's surprise noise demo at EDO MBM
18-05-2012 22:08 | 1 comment

Text Smash EDO Public Meeting: Down the Drones Thursday 17th
16-05-2012 21:03

Image Smash EDO Summer of Resistance: Down the Drones
16-05-2012 20:48

Image 4,000 days today! The Parliament Square peace campaign continues
15-05-2012 04:54

Text Smash EDO: Summer of Resistance week 3 events
14-05-2012 14:31

Image Smash EDO Summer of Resistance Targets Barclays
12-05-2012 18:18

Image Bikes not Bombs - Smash EDO Summer of Resistance hits the Pedals
09-05-2012 19:22 | 1 comment

Text Smash EDO: This week's events
07-05-2012 15:42

Image Surprise! Surprise! Smash EDO Summer of Resistance Day Four
04-05-2012 16:19 | 2 comments

Image Hot on the Wire: Smash EDO Summer of Resistance Day 3
03-05-2012 17:38 | 3 comments

Text Smash EDO: phone/twitter blockade and this week's events
02-05-2012 14:29

Text Smash EDO: Noise demo and public planning meeting today
02-05-2012 10:01

Image Mayday! Mayday! Smash EDO Summer of Resistance Day One
01-05-2012 18:00 | 1 comment

Text Smash EDO Press Release - The Summer of Resistance begins on May 1st
30-04-2012 08:21 | 1 comment

Text Smash EDO: The Summer of Resistance starts 1st of May
25-04-2012 10:50

Text Smash EDO: Upcoming events and the Summer of Resistance
10-04-2012 20:44

Image U.S. Abuses a Females Human Rights - Repatriate Aafia Siddiqui
09-04-2012 20:01

Text EDO gets new Paveway IV contract – We need to step up our resistance
05-04-2012 08:34 | 1 comment

Image Barbara Tucker Arrest 45: The Paranoid State.
04-04-2012 17:47 | 8 comments

Text Smash EDO: Upcoming events
30-03-2012 20:42

Text Smash EDO: Summer of Resistance info night, today in Brighton
26-03-2012 10:17

Image Spring in Parliament Square
21-03-2012 16:41

Text Barclays Brighton closed down for complicity in Israeli apartheid and arms trade
13-03-2012 09:20 | 1 comment

Image Cambridge Vigil Marks 400th UK Afghan War Casualty
11-03-2012 23:18 | 1 addition

Audio Billions wasted as MoD police fraud squad turn a blind eye to procurement crime
09-03-2012 23:08 | 1 comment

Audio Whistleblower's CCTV evidence WTC rigged to blow a fortnight before 9/11
03-03-2012 12:22 | 32 comments

Text Report of Barclays Picket - Divest from Israel and the arms trade
26-02-2012 21:38 | 3 comments

Text Theresa May and Al-Qaeda's "Assurances"
26-02-2012 10:35 | 1 comment

Image Down The Drones Conference Bristol
14-02-2012 23:58

Image Silence Can DESTROY – April 2nd 2012
11-02-2012 17:12

Text Anne Perry's World War I ...Echoes Still In Afghanistan
08-02-2012 21:53

Text Britain’s Own Pravda-Style Propaganda: Ten Years Of ‘Involvement’ In Afghanistan
18-10-2011 14:16

Image UK tabloid: Shocking revelation on 10th anniversary of the war on Afghanistan
09-10-2011 12:50 | 1 comment

Image Occupied Afghanistan: The attack on the British Council in Kabul
21-08-2011 15:09

Audio XE's Raymond Davis, Afghanistan, Libya, opening shots of World War III?
05-03-2011 01:59 | 2 comments

Text Obama’s reign of terror in Afghanistan
05-01-2011 01:53 | 1 comment

Image Afghanistan: Global NATO’s first ground war in its tenth year
11-10-2010 18:42 | 3 comments

Image Afghanistan: NATO's ten-year war in South Asia
01-09-2010 15:58 | 2 comments

Text The Afghanistan documents and the struggle against war
29-07-2010 08:05 | 2 comments

Text Afghanistan casualty rate highest of war
26-07-2010 23:24

Image Trail of Tears for Afghanistan – London to Colchester Peace Walk - An account
06-07-2010 11:17 | 5 additions

Image "The war is worth waging":Afghanistan's vast reserves of minerals and naturalgas
17-06-2010 12:17 | 1 comment

Image NATO In Afghanistan: World War In One Country
14-05-2010 17:05

Image 24.10.09 - Troops Out Of Afghanistan National Demonstration
25-10-2009 14:08

World Afghanistan Newswire Archive >>

Server Appeal Radio Page Video Page Indymedia Cinema Offline Newsheet

secure Encrypted Page

You are viewing this page using an encrypted connection. If you bookmark this page or send its address in an email you might want to use the un-encrypted address of this page.

If you recieved a warning about an untrusted root certificate please install the CAcert root certificate, for more information see the security page.