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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
      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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      Monday
      Nov102014

      Letter to Congress on Escalation in Iraq & Syria

      Dear Members of Congress,

      The New War has escalated since we sent this letter November 3, 2014. President Obama has dispatched another 1,500 US troops and requested $5 billion in new funding. The president also has requested a congressional authorization. It is time for Congress to act and widen the public debate.

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      Thursday
      Nov062014

      Message to President Obama

      The Congressional losses, which are being blamed on you by the Republicans and mainstream media, were actually not as bad as they would have us believe. Ignored in the commentary are the huge losses, for example, suffered in off-year elections by Bill Clinton, Dwight Eisenhower and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Those presidents came back and are remembered well.

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      Wednesday
      Nov052014

      Less Pollution, Greater Justice

      California is moving towards a historic integration of greenhouse gas reduction strategies with a foundation based on environmental justice. That means we need a broader program and a broader coalition, more like a Green New Deal model than the market model favoring deregulation and unleashing the coal, oil, gas and nuclear industries.

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      Wednesday
      Oct292014

      "Citizenfour" And "Kill The Messenger"

      These are outstanding films for anyone engaged in confronting the global surveillance state. They may well contain lessons for the future.

      Laura Poitras' "Citizenfour" is a beautifully filmed documentary about the odyssey of Edward Snowden, the independent whistleblower on the National Security Agency. Snowden on the run is filmed surreptitiously in a Hong Kong hotel room and briefly seen in Moscow, and comes across as an immensely likeable, human and compelling human being under conditions that would drive many people beyond paranoia. Poitras is an utterly non-intrusive presence, invisible in the room, and whose email messages with Snowden (known as "ES") convey a sense of curiosity and urgency that makes her altogether human. 

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