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      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.

      Tuesday
      Dec092014

      Sign the Petition to End Escalation in Iraq & Syria

      To: Members of Congress

      From: The Democracy Project

      We call for a full debate on whether to authorize the widening new war in Iraq and Syria. A congressional vote will allow citizens to hold their elected representatives accountable now and in 2016.  

      Since President Obama already says there is no military solution and the war will last at least three years, we urge a No vote

      If the new war is authorized, the following conditions must be debated and voted on: 

      1. A narrow definition of "the enemy" - the Islamic State - with no loophole to a wider war as occurred in the 2011-12 War on Terrorism authorization, where an open-ended mandate led to multiple wars and quagmires in many other countries;

      2. Keep the presidential pledge that there will be no American ground troops, a pledge which already is being breached;  

      3. A sunset provision ending the war authorization in one year, thus requiring another Congressional approval before 2016; 

      4. An independent reporting mechanism for all casualties, civilian casualties, direct and indirect taxpayer costs, and measurements of progress;

      5. A primary emphasis on diplomacy aimed at power sharing among disenfranchised communities and a prohibition against US funding of sectarian war. 
      Wars are easy for politicians to approve. But history shows that lives and resources are needlessly lost, and careers ruined, when they become quagmires.

      Sign The Petition

      Tuesday
      Dec092014

      John Kerry Said What? Welcome to Year 10 of the Long War

      Secretary of State John Kerry today called for a congressional authorization of the New War before he didn't. 

      Instead Kerry proposed the appearance of an authorization before stripping the idea of real public and congressional accountability. Members of Congress should look carefully at this insult to their constitutional role.

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      Wednesday
      Dec032014

      Ferguson Feels Like Forever

      What more can possibly be said?    

      Less than a century ago, the Michael Browns, Trayvon Martins, Eric Garners, and Oscar Grants were being lynched, six thousand of them alone during Jim Crow. A heroic Ida Wells tried to tell the story to the few who were even paying attention. Abolitionists had their printing presses burned. A bloody war ended the "peculiar institution" but it was reinstated as Jim Crow by the force of backlash.

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      Wednesday
      Dec032014

      Expanding the Long War

      At the risk of sounding extreme, there is a sense in which a kind of peaceful military coup is underway in the United States. Republicans led by John McCain are back in control of the Senate's militarycommittees. Secretary Hagel, no friend of escalating wars, has been forced from his Pentagon office. Planned cuts in military spending are on hold. The generals are all but demanding a deployment of US ground troops. American combat in Afghanistan is being extended for another year. The CIA still prevents the Senate intelligence committee from releasing its report on theCIA, a case of the dog muzzling the watchdog. It's all within the borders of the constitution, while the new war itself is not.

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      Tuesday
      Dec022014

      A Political Realignment Over Climate? A Reflection on Naomi Klein

      Naomi Klein doesn't say much about California in her brilliant must-read, This Changes Everything, Capitalism VS the Climate. Yet California may be the place which indeed "changes everything", assuming that such a utopian goal is even possible. At the very least California is the laboratory of the solar, renewables, and conservation r/evolution of the last few decades, for better and for worse. Klein's book is a great correction to the recent drift of environmentalism - she calls it market environmentalism - but it perhaps another correction is needed soon, given the California experience. 

       

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      Tuesday
      Dec022014

      Lima Summit Limits States' Roles

      Governor Jerry Brown has cancelled potential plans to attend the Lima Climate Change Conference, in part because the United Nations and United States negotiators have failed to define an institutional role for "subnational entities", the very states like California that have driven the pace of environmental policy from the bottom up.

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      Wednesday
      Nov262014

      The CIA’s Student-Activism Phase

      Only once in a while does a book come along that sheds new light on the 1960s. Karen Paget’s forthcoming Patriotic Betrayal (Yale University Press) is just such a work, telling the inside story of how the Central Intelligence Agency corrupted the natural and democratic growth of students’ rights movement by infiltrating the National Student Association (NSA) and directing it to its Cold War ends.

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      Wednesday
      Nov122014

      Thank You, John Podesta!

      Top presidential aide, John Podesta, slipped off to Beijing last month to secretly negotiate the US-China climate agreement announced this week. One might say, borrowing from Naomi Klein, that "this changes everything." Podesta simply notes, "It's a big deal."

      The climate strategy based on diplomacy with China has been pursued by President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, California Governor Jerry Brown and environmental groups including NRDC, which has a staff of thirty there. The new announcement opens the path for a growing Green Bloc of regions building clean energy economies while waiting and wondering about the commitments of the greatest power emitters. Between them, China and the US are responsible for 40 percent of carbon emissions.

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      Monday
      Nov102014

      Petition Congress to End Escalation

      Sign The Democracy Project's Petition Here

      Congress must use its constitutional powers under the War Powers Resolution to place limits on the unauthorized US military intervention in Iraq and Syria. By executive order alone, our government is plunging into a deepening sectarian war. Congressional debate can shed light on this new war, and a Congressional vote can allow American citizens to hold our elected representatives accountable in 2016. While pledging "no US ground troops", the administration has dispatched 3,000 American troops as advisers and to provide close air support in combat zones, where they will come under fire. The bombing campaign cost$580 million through mid-October, and the president is asking for a down payment of $5 billion for a war projected to last three years.

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      Monday
      Nov102014

      Importance of the War Powers Resolution 

      By Paul Ryder and Tom Hayden

      [Research by Paul Ryder]

      The nation needs a full public debate and a Congressional vote on whether to authorize the current American military interventions in Iraq and Syria and, if so, under what conditions.

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