Home | About Us | Archive | Documents | Campaigns & Issues | Links | Contact Us

      No to War and Occupation, Yes to self-determination!
      Sanctions Kill!

      By Janine Solanki

      During the first few months of isolation and the quarantine measures of the Covid-19 pandemic, it may have felt like the world was on hold. However, war, occupation, and sanctions carried out by the U.S. and their imperialist allies against oppressed nations around the world were not on hold. Underscoring these imperialist countries’ cruelty, sanctions have even increased their stranglehold, especially on Cuba, Venezeuela and Iran, when access to food, medicines, and medical equipment is now more vital than ever.

      No Wars, No Occupations, No Sanctions

      Early this year, a call from groups and individuals in the U.S. was made to organize international days of action under the campaign “Sanctions Kill.” MAWO signed on and endorsed this campaign, which quickly became an even more important issue when the pandemic was announced, and sanctions tightened their grip even more. Moving to online actions, on May 9, the Sanctions Kill campaign organized an international webinar with speakers from Cuba, Iran, Zimbabwe, Nicaragua, Syria, and Venezuela. This webinar highlighted the impact of sanctions on these countries, especially under the Covid-19 pandemic. On May 31, another webinar brought together speakers from Palestine, Yemen, North Korea, Venezuela, and Iran, to speak more on the sanctions they face and the on-going U.S. military threats and interventions. The Sanctions Kill campaign continues to highlight and support events happening around the world, which can be found at https://sanctionskill.org

      In Palestine and around the world, Nakba day (May 15) and al-Quds day (May 22 in 2020) signify the Palestinian struggle and resistance to Israeli occupation and the fight for self-determination. As Palestinians are facing not only the brutal Israeli occupation of their lands but now also the Covid-19 pandemic, it was important to bring attention to these days and the Palestinian struggle. On May 16, the Alberta-based group Mobilization for Justice held an online webinar titled “The Palestine Question: Is it complex or complexified?” which was endorsed by MAWO and other groups. The event featured esteemed speakers from the U.S., Canada, and Iran and was followed by a dynamic discussion. More info and a recording of the event is at www.facebook.com/M4Justice/

      While pandemic is the word on everyone’s lips right now, our world is defined by war, occupation, and imperialism even more fundamentally. From the invasion and on-going occupation of Afghanistan in 2001, Iraq in 2003, and today when Syria, Libya, and Yemen have faced imperialist wars, and many other countries suffer under sanctions, we can characterize this time as a new era of war and occupation. Whether at home or on the streets, oppressed nations and antiwar groups and activists around the world demand an end to all imperialist wars, occupations, and sanctions, and for self-determination for all oppressed nations! For more information www.mawovancouver.org

      Back to Article Listing