Afghanistan

​Events are happening very fast in the world today but perhaps none faster than the rapid advance of the Taliban and the fall of the US puppet regime in Afghanistan. It is reported that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country with four cars and a helicopter full of cash.​









Teliban fighters in the Presidential Palace in Kabul

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Perhaps we were not prepared for the rapid fall of the US supported Afghan government and forces because we have not been told the truth throughout the 20-year occupation and war. The US supposedly went into Afghanistan to capture Osama Bin Laden who they held responsible for the attacks on 9/11. The Taliban government said they would turn him over to an international court if shown proof of his involvement, but rather than do that, the US attacked and occupied the country and turned the government over to a group of war lords from the Northern Alliance. That was supposed to bring democracy to Afghanistan. Twenty years later the Taliban has returned stronger than ever. [read more]

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                                                   We are the Camp of Peace and Anti-Imperialism
                             By the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)

Gilbert Achcar’s article in The Nation entitled, “How to Avoid the ‘Anti-Imperialism’ of Fools,” argues that the anti-imperialism of the peace movement has changed over time.  During the time of the Vietnam War, he contends, we all opposed U.S. imperialism’s involvement, but today is different. The peace movement today is wrong to oppose U.S. imperialist interventions in Syria, Libya and other countries, in Achcar’s opinion.  In his attack piece, he specifically condemns three organizations, the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) and the U.S. Peace Council, both based in the United States, and the Stop the Wars Coalition from Britain. All three include leaders who have been active in the peace movement from the Vietnam War era to the present. All three have remained consistent in condemning U.S. imperialism’s wars around the world, including its drone wars, sanction wars, CIA Special Operation wars, privatized mercenary army wars and embargo/blockade wars.

It is not the trajectory of the anti-imperialists that has been inconsistent and needs to be examined but the journey of Achcar himself, from his opposition to the Vietnam War to his support to U.S. and British imperialism, which even includes training British military personnel. (1)(2) [read more]

The deadly connections between space, militarization and the climate crisis.
A UNAC sponsored webinar in conjunction with the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space.


Click here or the image below to view the webinar









​Speakers include: Dave Webb (UK) – Board chair of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space and current chair of UK's Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), Koohan Paik-Mander - a Hawaii-based journalist and media educator. She is a board member of the Global Network and the CODEPINK working group "China is Not Our Enemy." She formerly served as campaign director of the Asia-Pacific program at the International Forum on Globalization, Bruce Gagnon -Coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space


Stand with Alice Walker: Anti-Zionism is NOT Anti-Semitism!

Webinar with Alice Walker, Chris Hedges, Susan Abulhawa

This webinar took place on May 3rd, 2022

Click here or the image below to view the webinar







As censorship is becoming the norm in the United States, Alice Walker, who is a friend of UNAC, a human rights fighter, antiwar activist, feminist and world-renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple has been invited and then disinvited to the Bay Area Book Festival.  This was done because of her consistent stand in support of Palestinian rights.  This they claim is antisemitism.  A petition was created with 60 initial signers of authors and activists.  The festival organizers were told that if they do not reinstate her, we would initiate a public campaign and ask people to boycott the festival.  The festival organizers have refused to reinstated Alice Walker.


Part of this public campaign is to get signatures on the petition.  You can read and sign the petition and see the 60 initial signers and the names of all others who are signing by clicking the link below.  Each signature will send an email to the organizers of the festival.

Click here to sign the petition in support of Alice Walker and tell the organizers of the Bay Area Book Festival to reinstate her invitation. 


Alice Walker and the Price of Conscience, an important article on the case by Chris Hedges

AFRICOM and the Horn of Africa

In support of this October's Stop AFRICOM actions called by the Black Alliance for Peace, UNAC held a webinar on the situation in Ethiopia, Tigray, and the Horn of Africa. on Oct. 25, 2021.  The speakers were Margaret Kimberley from the Black Alliance for Peace, Black Agenda Report and UNAC and Yolian Ogbu of the Horn of Africa Pan Africans for Liberation and Solidarity and the All African Peoples Revolutionary Party.


    Click here or the image below to see the webinar










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US Peace and Solidarity Delegation goes to Venezuela









A 13-member peace and solidarity delegation from the United States landed in Caracas, Venezuela on the weekend of March 9 and 10 despite American Airlines, the main US airline that flies to Venezuela, cancelling some flights.  The delegation including leaders of antiwar groups from the US and Canada including: Bahman Azad the organizational secretary of the US Peace Council, who was the sponsoring organization for the trip, Gerry Condon, pres. of Veterans for Peace, Sara Flanders, co-coordinator of the International Action Center, Ajamu Baraka, national coordinator of the Black Alliance for Peace, progressive journalist, Eva Bartlett, Joe Lombardo, co-coordinator of the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), Sarah Martin from Women Against Military Madness, Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers of Popular Resistance, Darien De Lu, President of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom - US, Miguel Figueroa, president of the Canadian Peace Congress and Daniel Shea, board of directors, Veterans for peace. [read more]

Alex Saab tells his own story
He is concerned he will be murdered in a US prison







My name is Alex Nain Saab Moran, with Venezuelan diplomatic passport number 045778720. I am a special envoy with diplomatic immunity [officially granted by] the Russian Federation and the Islamic Republic of Iran since April 2018 and Venezuelan alternate ambassador to the African Union [since December 2020].

I was hijacked by Cape Verde on June 12, 2020, when my flight stopped to refuel on a special humanitarian mission to continue to the Islamic Republic of Iran by order of my President Nicolás Maduro Moros. [read more]

Miami rally to free Alex Saab


Please click here for more information

Click here to sign a petition for Alex Saab

No to U.S. War Threats Against China

UNAC Statement on China

The Biden administration is intensifying its aggression against China. The Pentagon’s new Pacific Deterrence Initiative includes increasing the U.S. military’s encirclement of China and deploying nuclear missiles that had previously been banned by the U.S.-signed Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

Recently, President Biden met with leaders of Japan, India and Australia – what has become known as the “Quad,” a military and economic alliance against China. The Pentagon is calling for its annual Pacific budget to be doubled over last year’s $multi billion allocation.  Read More

Peace and Justice Organizations call for Freedom for Julian Assange







Click here to add your name to this important statement


Imprisoned Wikileaks founder, journalist and free speech champion Julian Assange today faces life imprisonment for telling the truth about U.S. war crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan and at the U.S. torture base in

Guantanamo Bay. [read more]





(now more than ever)

The two Sanctions Kill webinars, hosted by UNAC were important steps in the fight against US imposed Sanctions

Thousands attended through Zoom, Facebook and YouTube


View the first webinar here.

View the second webinar here.  


  The speakers at the webinars included:

Venezuela – Vice Minister for North America, Carlos J. Ron Martinez
Syria – Syrian Ambassador to the UN, Bashar Ja’afari

Nicaragua – Nicaragua Ambassador to the US, Francisco O Campbell
Cuba – Ana Silvia Rodriguez Abascal, Charge des Affaires, Permanent

                   Cuban Mission to UN,
Zimbabwe - Represented by Omawale Clay

Iran - Majid Takkt-Ravanchi, Ambassador to the United Nations

          and Sayed Hosein Mousavian, Retired Iranian Ambassador 

Palestine - Dr. Medhat Abbas, Director of Primary Care, speaking from Gaza

Yemen - Dr. Yahyia Mohammed Saleh Murshed, Union of Arab Academics,

              speaking from Sana’a University, Yemen

Korea DPRK - Dr Kee Park, Harvard Medical School neurosurgery doctor,

              who volunteers in DPRK


The US has imposed economic sanctions against 39 countries.  In many cases, this denies them access to medicine and medical equipment as well as access to world markets for food and other necessities.  During the coronavirus crisis the US, with the highest death count in the world, has upped the sanctions against countries like Iran and Venezuela, and has tried to weaponize COVID-19 to bring down governments that will not follow the dictates of Washington and Wall Street.  The UN has asked that sanctions be loosened during this crisis but the US has done the opposite.  Many US allies have broken with them and sent medical aid to some of these countries.  Now is an important time for the people in the US to come out strongly against these sanctions, which are simply war by other means.  


For more information on the Sanctions Kill campaign please go to the website at: http://sanctionskill.org.  Also look at the important resource section on the website. 


 Sign the Open Letter to the Government of the US and the UN to end sanctions now

Click Here to Sign the Open Letter

After the DNC & RNC: We Can't Breathe!


The murderers of Breonna Taylor have been let off the hook, just like the US war criminals overseas are never prosecuted.  After the Democratic and Republican party conventions it is clear that neither of the two major parties have addressed the police killings, the wars, the health care crisis, the economic crises or any of the other problems that face people in the US today.  However you vote on November 3rd, and regardless of who gets in by vote, fraud, or force, it will be important for our movement to stay in the streets and build an independent movement that will address the issues that are facing us.  The videos below are representatives of many organizations that understand this and can help lead such a movement.


Recently, UNAC hosted this online rally Called, "After the DNC and RNC: We Can't Breathe - Keep it in the streets against Racism, Evictions and War." Below are the speakers.  By clicking on the image, you can hear their talk (each talk is about 3 minutes).


​​​​​UNAC in Odessa to Support Memorial of those killed by Right-wing on May 2, 2014







                                                                         Gathering for memorial of those massacred       Fascist try to disrupt

UNAC members and friends traveled to Odessa to support the memorial of those killed by fascist forces on May 2, 2014 while they were protesting the US supported coup at Maidan Square.  Once again the fascist forces tried to disrupt and held their own rally to "celebrate" what they consider a victor.


Please read the report by UNAC co-coordinator Joe Lombardo here


A second report of Maidan Square in Kiev can be seenhere


In Ukraine pro-fascist organizations have been supported by the police and the government.  Many from ultra-rightest organizations are in the government.  The anti-Maidan organizations also functions but face arrest and assassination and are driven underground.  This is the government that the US supports.

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             Important UNAC webinar on Ukraine
            A conversation with Scott Ritter

Scott Ritter was the UN weapons inspector who, during the Iraq War told the truth that we found no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.  He became outspoken about this, which undercut the main reason the US used to invade and occupy Iraq.  As with the Iraq War, Scott Ritter is outspoken about the present war in Ukraine, in which we are again hearing US lies about the reasons for, and the events happening in the Ukraine War.  His vast experience and knowledge working in the military and with various international agencies helps expose the truth about what is happening in Ukraine.
             Hosted by Margaret Flowers and Joe Lombardo

Click the image below to view the webinar









          


                                                                       Rally in Yemen against US/Saudi War

​Even before the war began, this impoverished country imported 90% of its food.  The port of Hodeidah has been the primary entry point for food and other aid and is now the target of a new offensive by the US/Saudi/UAE coalition threatening mass starvation to get the Yemeni people to submit to their will.   The recent attack on Hodeidah has included massive Saudi bombing of the port and a ground force that includes officers from the UAE leading anti-Ansar Allah Yemenis along with mercenaries, many from Sudan.  This attempt to close the port of Hodeidah should be seen as a war crime. [read more]


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Youth Against Empire


For information of the UNAC initiated youth antiwar group, Youth Against Empire, click here.











UNAC Supports Odessa Solidarity Movement.


​The web site is here: www.odessasolidaritycampaign.org. Please go to the web site and support the campaign.


​Video, fascism in Ukraine:

https://youtu.be/APR5E4d3GKQ.

Read documentation of the growth of fascism in Ukraine: 

http://nepajac.org/ukraine%20evidence.pdf  (please wait a few seconds for documentation to load)


Read the report of UNAC member's trip to Odessa to support the families of those murdered at the house of trade unions -Report 1 – Kiev. Report 2 - Odessa

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UNAC Blog

Visit the UNAC Blog for articles on important issues written by UNAC members and friends




Where is the War in Ukraine Going and What Should be the Response of the Peace Movement?

 View the recent webinar


    
Click here or the image below to view the webinar












Speakers:  Scott Ritter – Former UN Weapons Inspector,  Ajamu Baraka – Black Alliance for Peace,  Sara Flounders – International Action Center,  Alan Freeman – International Manifesto Group
Moderator – Joe Lombardo, UNAC Coordinator   


Ban nuclear weapons starting with the US!
Remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki









On August 6, we will once again recognize one of the most horrendous events ever to take place in human history.  On August 6, 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the largely residential city of Hiroshima.  Three days later they dropped a second nuclear bomb on the city of Nagasaki.  As many as 250,000 people, men, women and children were annihilated and many more died subsequently from the wounds, radiation poisoning and radiation-induced cancers.  The United States is the only country to ever drop a nuclear bomb on people. 

The stated reason for this barbaric act was to hasten the end of World War II.  But many historians believe that Japan was ready to surrender before the dropping of the bomb especially once the Soviet Union entered the war against Japan and moved its forces into Manchuria.  Germany had already surrendered, and Japan stood alone.  At the time, some argued that the bomb should be dropped in Tokyo Bay in the water where it would have done far less damage and Japan’s leaders could see its destructive potential, but the decision was made to drop it on Hiroshima and then Nagasaki.  Once was not enough, they had to do it twice. [read more]


Members of the Sanctions Kill coalition from the New York area, including members of the UNAC Administrative Committee had the opportunity to meet with a Venezuelan delegation that was in New York to attend the UN General Assembly meeting during the week of September 20 – 24.   We presented them with a copy of the new report just released by the coalition called, “The Impact and Consequences of US Sanctions.” Please click the link to read or download a copy of the report











                                                                                    Meeting of Sanctions Kill members with Venezuelan representatives

​At the meeting we were able to discuss with the Venezuelans the work we are doing to oppose sanctions against all 39 countries that are illegally sanctioned by the US.  They were able to tell us of the important meetings they were holding with other sanctioned countries to demand the US abide by the UN charter and not imposed these illegal unilateral sanctions. 

The new report by the Sanctions Kill coalition that was presented to the Venezuelans was announced and released at a webinar sponsored by the coalition called, “North American Solidarity Activists Speak Out. US SANCTIONS AFRICA AND LATIN AMERICA.”
                                                               Click here to view the webinar.

Around 300 people registered for the national conference of the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), which was held at the People’s forum in New York City over the weekend of February 21 – 23.  This was the fifth national conference that was held by UNAC, which is also celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2020.  The conference, which was titled “Rise Against Militarism, Racism and the Climate Crisis – Building Power Together,” brought together a range of experienced antiwar leaders and younger activists who are stepping into leadership of our movement.


​Participants at the conference came from 27 states and 4 other countries.  The conference was livestreamed.  The livestreams were viewed by more than 5,000 people. The links to the videos are below [read more]  

                          US/Saudi Arabia, Stop Your War on Yemen

In recent weeks we have seen a huge escalation of the war against Yemen being waged by a coalition of forces that includes the United States, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, the UK and France.  These forces have waged a relentless war against Yemen, the poorest Arab country.  There has been continuous bombing of the country by Saudi Arabia, including hospitals, schools, food supplies, neighborhoods, infrastructure and other civilian targets.  More than 14,600 civilians have been killed and injured and over three million people have been internally displaced.  The devastation has been so bad that the country is now entirely dependent on outside aid as eight million Yemenis face famine.  The worst cholera epidemic ever has caused over 1 million cases and resulted in more than 2,200 deaths.

The World Stands Up to Sanctions

This webinar took place on January 23, 2022, sponsored by the Sanctions Kill Coalition of which UNAC is a founding member. 


Click here or the image below to view the webinar











​Speakers included: Francisco Campbell - Nicaraguan Ambassador to the US, Carlos Ron - Venezuelan Vice Minister for North America, Deacon Yoseph Teferi - Chairman of the Ethiopian American Civic Council, Foad Izaadi - Associate Professor, University of Tehran, Erica Jung - Nodutdol, Korean grassroots organization, Elias Amare - Eritrean American journalist.

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         UNAC‘s answer to an attack on our anti-imperialism that was printed in the Nation.

Recently, there have been increased attacks on the peace movement from “progressives” for our consistent opposition to U.S. intervention in other countries.  A recent sign-on letter was produced with hundreds of signatures attacking our opposition to outside intervention in Syria.  UNAC answered that letter with our own sign-on letter explaining our position on Syria.  Our letter got over 1300 individual and organizational co-signers from 50 different countries.  That letter can be seen here

Now, the Nation has published an attack piece by Professor Gilbert Achcar, who considers himself a socialist.  Achcar's article singles out 3 organizations, the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) and the US Peace Council from the United States and the Stop the War Coalition from Britain.  Below is a statement from UNAC answering this attack.

These attacks do not happen in a vacuum.  Since the Biden election, there has been increased activity on the part of the US administration in Syria, increased propaganda aimed at China and Russia and a continuation of Trump’s policies against Cuba, Venezuela, Iran, and other countries as well as support for Israel and its horrific attacks on the Palestinian people.  The article in the Nation and other outlets give left cover to the imperialists.  These attacks serve the interest of the new Democratic administration to silence the peace movement.   But, we have no intention of being silent.  

Sanction Kill










UNAC is a founding member of the Sanctions Kill Coalition.  Unilateral economic sanctions is the perfered way that the US has sought regime change recently in countries that will not follow the dictates of Washington and Wall Street.  Crippling sanctions have been imposed on 39 countries and have been even increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

For more information, please go to the Sanctions Kill web site at: https://sanctionskill.org/


Support the Black Alliance for Peace

UNAC Supports the work of the Black Alliance for Peace.  Click here to read their statements:  https://blackallianceforpeace.com/bapstatements/

BAP web site is here: https://blackallianceforpeace.com/


                  ​                   The Wars Come Home
                    UNAC Statement on the Black Lives Matter Uprising

                                                Defend Black Lives!
                                       NO Police State! NO Military Dictatorship!
                         Release all arrestees! NO more attacks on anti-racist protesters!











The United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) stands in solidarity with communities across the country who are rising up in protest against racist police violence. As Donald Trump calls for the deployment of the U.S military in response to these national protests, UNAC condemns the use of any police and military forces being deployed to violently suppress these protests. We call on all anti-war activists to help organize or join in these actions demanding justice and an end to the state-terror being inflicted upon black and brown communities within this country.

The ongoing protests began in Minnesota on Monday May 25, 2020 in response to the murder of George Floyd, a 46-year old black man, by four police officers in the city of Minneapolis. The horrific killing was caught on multiple videos which revealed two cops pinning an already handcuffed Floyd facedown to the ground, one cop standing over him, and a fourth one pressing his knee into the victim’s neck for nearly nine minutes even as he cried, “I can’t breathe,” and soon became unresponsive. Floyd died moments later. [read more]

Report on the UNAC 2020 Conference







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US Hands off Cuba







This is a picture of a pro-government protest in Cuba that the corporate media said was anti-government

​​Cuba, a small island with a population of only 11 million people and few resources has been the target of US imperialism since its revolution in 1959.  It has been subject to invasions such as that at the Bay of Pigs, many assassination attempts of Fidel Castro, and the US has imposed a crippling blockade for years.  However, under the Trump and Biden administrations these attacks have been stepped up.  Trump greatly increased the sanctions against Cuba and labeled it as a terrorist country.  This further hindered its ability to trade with other countries as banks and markets were closed to Cuba causing severe shortages and hardships for the Cuban people.  The Biden administration maintained these increased sanctions and the terrorist label and is trying to organize demonstrations against the Cuban government based on dissatisfaction with the shortages.  This is especially criminal during the COVID-19 crisis, during which the US sanctions have not allow medicine or medical equipment into the country. [read more]

United National Antiwar Coalition Statement on Ukraine







​​The United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) remains steadfast in its opposition to the United States/NATO imperialist project. The people of Ukraine are now suffering in a war zone because of the actions of the United States, beginning with the 2014 coup which violently ousted an elected president. The goal then as now was to use Ukraine as a weapon to target Russia militarily. We point out that the current conflict is not the first for Ukraine. More than 14,000 people living in the eastern Donbas region have died in an eight-year long war because they refused to accept the coup government imposed by the U.S. [read more]


 For a more comprehensive background statement from UNAC, please click here


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