The horror and sorrow of war is falling on the Kurds resisting ISIL in Kobani while the Turkish government ignores their plight and the US bombs ineffectively. Here's the core of the story: the PKK in Syria, "adhere to a left-wing philosophy that many Western policymakers and other critics see as a throwback to the 1960s-era revolutionaries." As an example, the Times cites the presence of many local women who pushed out ISIL militarily.
The Peace Exchange Bulletin
Published by Tom Hayden, The Peace Exchange Bulletin is a reader-supported journal, critically following the Pentagon's Long War in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq, as well as the failed U.S. wars on drugs and gangs, and U.S. military responses to nationalism and poverty around the world.
Congress faces a fateful choice to either cede its war-approval powers to the White House or take an authorizing vote on Iraq and Syria after this November's election. Peace activists have a choice as well, whether or not to push for a Congressional authorization knowing it likely will be favorable.
Congress gave President Obama a half-hearted half-measure of support for arming the Syrian rebels last week, just before Obama took the next step up the ladder of escalation by bombing Syria without United Nations authorization. The congressional war authorization was designed to put off further debate until after the mid-term elections, when Congress will return to the issues. There were 108 House "no" votes on the authorization and 22 in the Senate, including possible future presidential contenders Rand Paul, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand.
By V. John White, Founder and Executive Director of CEERT, Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technology. He collaborates with the Democracy Project on clean energy strategies.
BEIJING September 21, 2014-
I had the honor of participating in a couple of meetings in Beijing, organized by the Energy Foundation in China, and Energy Innovation, Hal Harvey's think tank and foundation.
NEW YORK CITY- Sept 22. With hundreds of thousands of marchers converging on the United Nations climate summit, New York Mayor, Bill de Blasio took the opportunity to declare a massive initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030, calling it "a moral imperative."
"Students and young people are to be congratulated - thank you - for your mobilizing against extreme climate change these past few years. You have pushed your campuses towards carbon-free sustainability and now toward divestment from fossil fuels. You have surrounded the White House and pushed back the XL pipeline. Of course it's not enough, but I don't remember any of you saying it would be easy to clean up after us. Today you are backed by older generations of peace, justice and environmental activists, and I am sure, a majority of New Yorkers. Most of all, you are rejecting the future which the oil companies and contractors and failed governments have condemned you to. A future in which jobs are hard to find, your debt a dead weight, your mobility downward instead of upward, your lives shorter, and if those weren't burdens enough, everyone is telling you that extreme climate change threatens the survival of civilization. You have refused to settle for that, and that refusal is the fundamental starting point for survival and a new beginning. Lead on!"
Dear Gen. Kicklighter,
We write on behalf of many veterans of the American peace movement during the Vietnam era with a deep concern that taxpayer funds and government resources are being expended on a one-sided, three-year, $30 million educational program on the "lessons of Vietnam" to be implemented in our nation's schools, universities and public settings.
I am joining many peace groups around America in expressing opposition to the escalation of the Iraq War into a quagmire that is likely to be costly in lives, tax dollars and our tarnished reputation.
Ann Arbor is the place, along with Berkeley, where the young American peace movement demanded a teach-in, an end to campus business as usual, an end to intellectual conformity and congressional hearings as we confronted the growing horror of the Vietnam War.
What the television media noticed was former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and current governor Jerry Brown shaking hands, but a significant story on how California is leading the world on climate change went unreported this week.
Schwarzenegger might be the blocking back to Brown's broken-field runner in the race to protect the planet.