Monday, May 22, 2006

Cindy Sheehan Australian meetings

Cindy Sheehan arrives in Sydney tomorrow and there is a lot of interest from the media.

For more info on Cindy and Salam, visit this page.

For public meetings in Brisbane and Melbourne, and info on the national peace conference visit here.

Cindy Sheehan is one of the most prominent voices in the US anti-war movement, and has become a symbol of the resurgence in the strength of the movement in the US over the last year. Cindy began campaigning against the Iraq war after her son Casey was killed in Iraq while serving in the U.S. army. Cindy captured national media attention after setting up a peace camp outside George Bush's Texas ranch in 2005, demanding to know for "what noble cause" her son had died. She is one of the founding members of Gold Star Families for Peace, formed by families who have lost relatives in the Iraq war and are campaigning for an end to the occupation.

Dr Salam Ismael is secretary-general of Doctors for Iraq, leading teams of volunteer doctors in crisis situations in Iraq. His trip will be an opportunity to hear first-hand about health conditions in occupied Iraq, and to raise awareness about the humanitarian plight of Iraqis living under occupation. Dr Ismael was one of the first independent observers to enter the city of Fallujah after it was destroyed by US and allied occupation forces in November 2004. The Doctors for Iraq Society has brought to the world's attention numerous US atrocities in western Iraq. They are campaigning for an independent inquiry into human rights abuses in Fallujah.

[By the way, Dr Ismael says that since Bush, Blair & the Coalition of the Killing invaded and occupied Iraq, 3,000 doctors have fled for their lives and 61 senior doctors have been killed, as well as many ordinary doctors. Baghdad's radiology facilities have had to close due to lack of senior staff.]

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