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...1-Year Anniversary of Iraq War. Interview with Leslie Cagan, national coordinator of United for Peace and Justice, conducted by Between the Lines' Scott Harris
Peace Groups Plan March 20 Worldwide Protests to Observe 1-Year Anniversary of Iraq War

Interview with Leslie Cagan, national coordinator of United for Peace and Justice, conducted by Scott Harris

One year after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, American soldiers and Iraqi citizens are continuing to die in the ongoing conflict between occupation troops and insurgents bent on driving them out. Recent deadly attacks occurred on March 2, when simultaneous bombings at Shiite Muslim holy shrines killed more than 140 Iraqi civilians and some Iranian religious pilgrims.

Despite the violence and instability, the Bush administration says it will transfer authority over the nation from Washington's administrator Paul Bremer to the U.S. installed Iraqi Governing Council on June 30, but with the Pentagon maintaining large numbers of American soldiers in Iraq for years to come. Critics charge that the transfer date was dictated by Mr. Bush's re-election campaign rather than in the interest of the Iraqi people. After Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the most powerful leader of Iraq's Shiite majority, rejected a U.S. plan for regional caucuses, the U.N. is now working to organize a process for elections that will select an interim government.

It's been just over a year since 15 million people in hundreds of cities participated in the Feb. 15 international day of demonstrations organized to resist the Bush administration's plan to attack Iraq. Although those protests were unsuccessful in preventing war, the movement has remained active in opposing the U.S. occupation. On March 20, the one-year anniversary of the U.S.-British bombing and invasion of Iraq, protests will again be held in cities across the world. The Global Day of Action will call for an end to the occupation of Iraq and the Bush administration's militaristic foreign policies. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Leslie Cagan, national coordinator of United for Peace and Justice, who describes plans for the March 20 actions and reflects on the peace movement since the Iraq invasion.

To get more information on local and national March 20 protests, contact United for Peace and Justice at (212) 868-5545 or visit their website

Related links:

"Blasts at Shiite Ceremonies in Iraq Kill More Than 140," by John F. Burns and Jeffrey Gettleman, The New York Times, March 2, 2004 Between The Lines Special Report: Interviews Recorded at "The World Says 'No' to War" in NYC, Feb. 15, 2003 in MP3. Danny Glover, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Angela Davis, Leslie Cagan, Medea Benjamin, Ossie Davis and more.

"Between The Lines Antiwar Report," Week Ending 3/21/03

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