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      Now more than ever – end U.S. wars, occupations, and sanctions!

      By Janine Solanki

      In Vancouver, Canada, Mobilization Against War and Occupation (MAWO) came out to the streets to demand an end to U.S.-led wars, occupations and criminal sanctions. On February 21, MAWO organized a monthly rally and petition campaign, also at a time when mass demonstrations in Iraq and Iran were demanding an end to U.S. intervention in their countries. Passersby couldn't miss the banners demanding “No War with Iran! U.S./Canada/NATO/All Troops Out of Iraq!" and many stopped at the information table to sign petitions and talk to organizers. This action also demanded "Hands Off Venezuela" and "Canada Out of the Lima Group!" in response to a recent meeting hosted in Canada of the Lima Group, which is bent on promoting foreign intervention and sanctions against Venezuela.

      On March 13, MAWO's monthly antiwar rally and petition drive was part of the new Sanctions Kill campaign, joining in action with cities worldwide. Activists held picket signs reading "Sanctions are War! Sanctions Kill!" Just two days after Covid-19 was declared a global pandemic, the announcement reminded us that U.S. led wars, occupations, and sanctions had put oppressed nations in greater danger of Coronavirus crisis. This action also marked the grim milestone of 5 years of U.S./Saudi-led war on Yemen and 17 years of the U.S.-led war on Iraq and was reflected in Yemeni news media. From the streets to online, MAWO continues to organize, educate and mobilize against the new era of war and occupation. Now more than ever, the U.S. and their imperialist allies must end their war drive and their destructive and deadly sanctions!

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