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Peace March Arrives in New York, Activists Leave for Iraq Amid Threats of U.S. Attacks

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US bombers for the second time in two days have killed dozens of civilians in eastern Afghanistan as well as friendlymujahedin fighters supporting their battle against al-Qa’ida. Mujehedeen commanders said hundreds of people,overwhelmingly civilians, may have been killed by US bombing over the weekend.

As US warplanes continued to pound Afghanistan this weekend, a peace march led by family members of September 11attack victims arrived in New York to call for an end to the bombing of Afghanistan. The march began more than aweek ago in Washington, DC and wound its way up the east coast with marchers leafleting and speaking in Baltimore,Philadelphia, Paterson and other cities along the way, sleeping in churches at night.

The family members are part of a growing network of people who lost loved ones in the Sept. 11 attacks yet havespoken out against the US policies being carried out in their name. Several of those involved in the peace march arealso leaving tomorrow for Iraq, as President Bush and Administration hawks draw up plans for a possible expansion ofthe so-called war on terrorism to include major military action against the country.

Guests:

  • Barry Amundson, lost his brother Craig Amundson in the attack on the Pentagon on September 11.
  • David Potorti, he lost his brother in the WTC attacks. He writes for the Independent Weekly inDurham, North Carolina.
  • Milan Rai, longtime British peace activist, founder of Voices in the Wilderness UK, and author of the book??Chomsky’s Politics.

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