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he American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee calls on the Obama administration to exercise restraint and not take military action against Syria. As a civil and human rights organization, the ADC condemns the use of chemical weapons by any entity and agrees that such acts must not be tolerated.
The ADC recognizes the authority and the responsibility of the United Nations Security Council to deal with this violation of international law, and calls on all nations, including the United States, to encourage the Security Council to address this illegal and immoral act. Yet pulling the United States into another needless, purposeless and costly war is not in the best interest of the country or the region. As the conﬂict in Syria continues, and the death toll rises, we continue our call for a peaceful negotiated resolution, which will allow for a transition to a uniﬁed, secular and democratic Syria. This transition must be achieved by respecting the principle of selfdetermination, and must be free of foreign intervention. The ADC supports those working for a peaceful transition of the Arab world to a secular and democratic system, respecting the human rights, freedom of religion and dignity of all. The popular uprisings in a number of Arab countries signify a historic quest for peoples living in these countries to secure protections for their civil rights and civil liberties, and to establish true democracy and the rule of law in their political and legal infrastructures. We believe in the futility of resorting to violence to achieve these objectives and condemn all efforts leading to sectarian or ethnic incitement and civil strife in any Arab country. This shift in Arab domestic politics will inevitably impact U.S. foreign policy in the relationship between these countries and the U.S. We understand that the current conﬂict in Syria has given rise to a serious humanitarian crisis which has led to hundreds of thousands of refugees, and call on all peoples to ensure that those in immediate need are provided with adequate resources and aid. Again, we ask the Obama administration to refrain from military action against Syria. The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee is a grassroots civil rights organization based in Washington, D.C. Open Mic is a weekly op/ed feature in the Bohemian. We welcome your contribution. To have your topical essay of 350 words considered for publication, write firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Bridges & Balloons It’s typical of Caltrans and the MTC, throwing themselves an elitist invitationonly party to celebrate the new Bay Bridge. These are the same fools who helped drive up the costs from $1.6 billion to $6.4 billion and delayed the construction all these years. Notice that the public who paid for the bridge and the rank and ﬁle workers who built it were not invited.
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Inflammatory Writ President Barack Obama has threatened to bomb targets in Syria because Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad has used illegal chemical weapons on civilians. The Peace & Justice Center is taking a stand against military intervention, because we believe that violence begets violence. Others are calling for U.N. veriﬁcation of the Syrian government’s role in the massacre. We are against bombing even if there is veriﬁcation. Others are saying that a bombing cannot take place without congressional consent. We are against bombing even if there is congressional consent. Of course, the Peace & Justice Center cares whether President Obama commits the “supreme international crime,” established since Nuremberg, if the United States bombs Syria without U.N. approval. Of course, we
care whether President Obama violates Article 1, Section 8, Clause 11 of the U.S. Constitution. But we also believe ﬁrmly that killing always begets more killing.
We also believe that the United States has no moral grounds for this action in light of its use of the atom bomb, Agent Orange, white phosphorous, napalm, depleted uranium, landmines and cluster bombs. In fact, the Uniated States refuses to sign treaties banning some of these weapons. As for chemicals that kill? The Obama adminstration has few objections if they come from fracking, the tar sands, GMOs, chemicals in our food and so many other potentially deadly components of modern industrialized life. In fact, a number of their purveyors hold high positions in that administration. But war itself, chemical weapons or not, is “a moral obscenity.” Though hypocrisy over decades of foreign policy makes it difﬁcult for the United States to be considered an honest broker, we ask President Obama to work to bring all parties— particularly the nations supporting the various factions—to the table to work out a ceaseﬁre. It is time to stop seeing killing as the most viable option. It is time to stop putting U.S. interests over the interests of other people and countries. Say no to military intervention in Syria.
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Have One on Me Here we go again, another wellconnected politician getting special treatment! The second delay in formal charges against Efren Carrillo has all the makings of a backroom deal. Why do you think Carrillo is allowed to run free for six more weeks? His “supporters” (i.e., Doug Bosco, owner of the Press Democrat) likely needed more time to concoct a story, or they’re gathering dirt to smear the victim. Meanwhile, Carrillo shows up to work at the board of supervisors and reads a written statement from paper, claiming that his arrest has nothing to do with his work
representing the public. He was in his underwear after terrorizing a woman at 3am! Any other county employee would be handed his walking papers. Instead, Efren is handed another month to get his story straight. Shameful.
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Good Intentions Paving Company In a listing in last week’s Fall Arts issue, we implied that musical genius Brian Wilson would be part of the band when the Beach Boys play at the Wells Fargo Center on Sept. 7. As much as we’d like to see noted Dodgers fan Mike Love patch things up with his former band mate, Brian Wilson is not, in fact, part of the touring group.
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Longtime Press Democrat writer Chris Coursey has announced a run for Santa Rosa City Council. The columnist and public-relations consultant, who was also a reporter for many years, has taken strong stances on transportation and environmental issues, and his columns have generally supported the SMART Train and annexation of Roseland. As a political candidate, he has ceased blogging and writing for the Press Democrat. “After a lot of thought,” he says, “I decided I can contribute more to this city as a council member than I have as a journalist.”
A resident of Santa Rosa for three decades, Coursey says his campaign will focus on infrastructure, particularly on the west side of 101, and city budget transparency, especially with public pensions. Coursey has been dating county supervisor Shirlee Zane for two years.
Another Delay for Carrillo DOOMED TO REPEAT Obama’s request to authorize military action in Syria echoes the hasty Iraq Resolution.
Rush to War Seven questions to ask about Syria
en years ago, George W. Bush and his henchmen were planning their war against Iraq mere days after 9-11. But conning Congress and the public into invading a country that posed no threat delayed the invasion until March 2003. And where it took Bush a year and a half to pour on enough lies of
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omission, contextual lapses and leaps of logic to gin up an illegal war in the Middle East, our current president did it in a week. Now is a good time to think about some things the American mainstream media is omitting from its coverage—concerns strikingly similar to issues that never got discussed back in 2002 and 2003. 1. “Chemical weapons were
used in Syria,” Secretary of State John Kerry says. Probably. But by whom? Maybe the Syrian army, maybe the rebels. NPR reports that certain chemical-weapons experts maintain the Free Syrian Army “has the experience and perhaps even the launching systems to perpetrate such an attack.” Maybe we should ease off on the cruise missiles before we know which side is guilty. ) 10 2. Assuming the attack
Seven weeks after he was arrested outside a woman’s bedroom window wearing only underwear and socks, county supervisor Efren Carrillo remains uncharged. On Aug. 30, prosecutors delayed for a second time slapping the local politico with an offense, claiming several unnamed documents were still needed. Carrillo has been ordered to return on Oct. 11. After responding to two 911 calls, police stated their belief that the supervisor was attempting sexual assault at 3am on July 13, noting that the woman’s window screen was freshly ripped and that Carrillo seemed drunk at the time. Soon afterward, Carrillo checked himself into rehab, admitting he struggled with binge drinking. Carrillo’s latest blunder comes less than a year after he was arrested for ﬁghting outside a San Diego nightclub. He was never charged.—Rachel Dovey
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