The harrowing siege of Mosul

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Newsletter – 6 March 2017


The harrowing siege of Mosul

The “war on terror” rages on. Almost 14 years since Bush and Blair proclaimed the end of the Iraq War, that war-torn country remains one of the key Middle Eastern battlegrounds.

The UK and US-assisted Iraqi government assault on Mosul is continuing with savage bombardment of the highly-populated city. Most of the British media are failing to report this, even though around 650,000 civilians – including thousands of children – are trapped in the west of the city and are, according to the UN, “at extreme risk”. The siege has already produced at least 200,000 refugees.

As Patrick Cockburn has pointed out in his article, shelling and airstrikes have been “causing heavy casualties among families sheltering in cellars or beneath the stairs in their houses”. Meanwhile, fuel and food supplies are dwindling and drinking water and electricity are scarce.

In the words of Professor David Keen, “trying to apply the old militaristic model to the problem of terrorism is like trying to destroy a liquid with a sledgehammer”. The bombing and siege of Mosul are adding fuel to the fire of an intractable conflict. By supporting and getting involved in the anti-war movement, you can help break this brutal and senseless cycle of violence.


Forthcoming local events

Here are just some of the local meeting taking place in the next couple of weeks. If you’d like to put on a meeting where you are please contact the Stop the War office at
office@stopwar.org.uk.

Aberystwyth
Media, Misrepresentation & the Middle East
Saturday 11 March | 6.30pm
Morlan Centre
Queens Road
Aberystwyth
SY23 2HH

Speakers:
Chris Nineham
(Stop the War Vice Chair)
Mike Cushman
(BRIC)
Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi
(Labour Party campaigner)

Brent
The US and Latin America – continuity and change under Trump?
Monday 13 March | 7.30pm
Brent Trades Hall (London Apollo Club)
375 High Road
Willesden
NW10 2JR

Speaker:
Francisco Dominguez (National Secretary of the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign)

Bristol
Bristol Stands Up To Trump Launch Meeting
Thursday 16 March | 7pm
Hamilton House (fifth floor)
80 Stokes Croft
Bristol
BS1 3QY

Further details tbc.

Cambridge
End Trump & May Special Relationship
Tuesday 21 March | 7.30-9pm
12 Jesus Lane
Cambridge
CB5 8BA

Speaker:
Stephen Bell
(Stop the War National Officer)

Durham
We Are Many film screening
13 March | 7pm
Redhills, Flass Street
Durham
DH1 4BE

Faringdon
Rise of a Chaos State – What’s going on in Yemen Today
Wednesday 5 April | 7.30pm
Friends Meeting House
Lechlade Road
Faringdon
SN7 8AQ

Speaker:
Jonathan Puddifoot
(ex-Country Director for Yemen, CARE)

Harrow
A More Dangerous World? War and Foreign Policy Under Trump
Wednesday 22 March | 7pm
Victoria Hall
Sheepcote Road
Harrow
HA1 2JE

Further details tbc.


Kingston
Campaign against “Arming Saudi”
Wednesday 8 March | 7.45pm
Kingston Quaker Centre, Fairfield East
Kingston upon Thames
KT1 2PT

Further details tbc.

Lancaster
A More Dangerous World? War and Foreign Policy Under Trump
Wednesday 29 March | 7pm
Friends Meeting House
Meeting House Lane
Lancaster
LA1 1TX

Speaker:
Lindsey German
(Stop the War Convenor)

Leeds
Leeds Coalition against War/Stand up to Trump meeting
Wednesday 8 March | 7pm
Leeds Civic Hall
Calverley St, Leeds
LS1 1UR

Manchester
The Danger of Trump and the ‘Special Relationship’
Saturday 11 March | 2-4.30pm
Pankhurst Centre
60-62 Nelson Street
Manchester
M13 9

Speakers:
Murad Qureshi (Chair of Stop the War Coalition)
Jenny Clegg (CND)
Maz Saleem (anti-racism campaigner)

North London
Does Trump’s Arms Race Mean a Race to War?
Tuesday 20 March | 7pm
The Old Fire Station
84 Mayton Street
London
N7 6QT

Speakers:
Kate Hudson
(CND General Secretary)
Jude Woodward
(author)

Norwich
End the Special Relationship
Wednesday 8 March | 7pm
Friends Meeting House
Upper Goat Lane
Central Norwich
NR2 1EW

Speaker:
Lindsey German
(Stop the War Convenor)

Redbridge
East London Women of Protest talk and anti-war exhibition
Thursday 16 March| 6.30pm
Redbridge Central Library
Clements Road, Ilford
IG1 1EA
 
Speaker:
Madeleine Channer
(anti-war campaigner)

Wrexham
A More Dangerous World? War and Foreign Policy Under Trump
Wednesday 5 April | 6.30pm
Wrexham Glyndwr University
Room B26
Mold Road, Wrexham
LL11 2AW

Speaker:
Daniel Jakopovich (writer and anti-war campaigner)


“A major war is brewing” – urgent Stop the War appeal

“There is a major war brewing”. These are the words of Trump’s closest advisor Steve Bannon.

Tension between the big powers is rising and the number of flashpoints is growing.

Stop the War needs to intensify its campaign and we are asking for your generous help to make this possible.

Theresa May is desperate to deepen the special relationship that has caused so much mayhem over the last decades. With Trump in the White House this is particularly ominous.

We have been central to the Trump protests, and are preparing for a mass demonstration when he visits Britain in October.

In the last few months we have had new Stop the War groups springing up in towns and cities up and down the country. We are asking you to donate generously so that we can service these groups, sustain an increased level of staffing and upgrade our communications.

Now more than ever we need an anti-war movement with real power.

The target for our appeal is £25,000. Please give generously to support Stop the War’s struggle for peace and justice.

£25 pays for the printing of 1,000 anti-war leaflets.
£50 pays for the printing of 1,000 anti-war briefings.
£300 is enough to book a film screening.
£650 pays for a public rally.
£1,000 buys 500 placards.

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