The global spread of COVID-19 has exposed the illegal and immoral practice of imposing unilateral coercive measures (economic sanctions) by the United States government against more than thirty nations. The government of the United States is now using the public distraction caused by the pandemic to intensify its military actions against the targeted nations. The economic war against those nations had already resulted in unimaginable suffering of the people in the targeted nations even before the COVID-19 pandemic. With the devastation of the global pandemic, the targeted countries — especially Venezuela, Cuba, Iran, Syria and Zimbabwe — are finding it prohibitively difficult to protect and save the lives of their citizens in the face of the ongoing global emergency. These sanctions constitute crimes against humanity.
... Based on understanding this urgent need, the World Peace Council and the Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases have joined hands to organize an international conference to promote deeper understanding of the nature of imperialism and its deadly threat to the survival of the humanity, and to bring all anti-imperialist forces around the world together to form a unified, well-coordinated, and effective struggle against imperialism and its aggressive, anti-human policies around the world. We call upon all defenders of peace, justice and the environment throughout the world to join us in this effort by signing on to our call, and to co-sponsor, register and participate in the International Anti-Imperialist Conference to be held on March 28-29, 2020 in Larnaca, Cyprus.
Many organizations have been fighting Sanctions and Economic War for some time. NOW is an opportunity to combine efforts to raise consciousness on this crucial issue. This broad campaign will include protests and demonstrations, lobbying, petition drives and all forms of educational efforts. As an initial step for this campaign we encourage mobilizations and educational efforts to be organized for the International Days of Action against US imposed Sanctions and Economic War on March 13-15.
While states communicate through politics, people seek empathy, peace, and friendship.The history of the arts and culture has chronicled the joys and pains of people and communities. As artists, as civil activists of Iran, we speak to you above politics: ...