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.
Since the posting of "Becoming Two Americas", many readers have argued that we actually are becoming three or more Americas, while others cling to the dream of becoming One America again. The purpose of the original posting was not to propose breaking up the country, but to focus progressives on strategic questions of how to live and work through the political polarization paralyzing the country for the foreseeable future.
In a unique film premiere for victims of drone strikes, Pakistani leader Imran Khan will host a screening of Robert Greenwald's new documentary "Unmanned: America's Drone Wars" in Islamabad this Friday. Khan is the most popular political leader in Pakistan, and the elected leader of the region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where drone strikes are clustered. His former wife, the London-based, Jemima Khan, is co-executive producer.
The human beings incarcerated in California Prisons who participated in the 60 day hunger strike have brought their case into the the California state capitol.
The CIA celebrated the new season of Showtime's "Homeland" on September 9 at its Langley headquarters. It was a "frank and free exchange about the entertainment business and the intelligence business that revealed a lot of parallels," commented Alex Gansa, co-creator of the show.
The logic of voter turnout data all but guarantees right-wing Republican congressional victories in 2014 and a sealing of the divide of America into two countries for the foreseeable future. White House operatives privately acknowledge that GOP gerrymandering plus low turnout make 2014 a war to keep the Senate Democratic and show gains while losing the House. There are eight battleground Senate seats where Mitt Romney won the popular vote in 2012 and incumbent Democrats are either retiring or vulnerable to defeat.
A full-page of revelations in the New York Times that Bill De Blasio was an active organizer in the Central American solidarity movement and before that, an outspoken opponent of nuclear power in high school, should hugely excite the progressive base in New York politics after a long period of Republican rule. De Blasio didn't leave his radical youth behind either; in the present day, he is a leading critic of stop-and-frisk and the massive economic inequalities dramatized by Occupy Wall Street.
The Obama administration is treating funds earmarked for the Egyptian military "as if the coup prohibition applies" but without saying so publicly, according to Washington insiders. But they will be forced to make a decision soon about whether to disburse the funds, about $1.5 billion, or close down the US military aid program in response to the coup and new dictatorship.
I enjoyed your NPR interview, today.
Last Wednesday and Thursday I made a sign and stood on Pioneer Square in Portland. As you said, this and millions of other Americans writing to Congress and talking to pollsters moved things in a way they have not moved before. Our President of change and his sidekick may yet regain my respect.
I had a Marine Nephew,Corporal Travis Bradach-Nall, killed by a U.S. Cluster Bomb in Karbala Iraq on the day Bush said, "Bring em on!" His Mom, my sister Lynn Bradach has spent the last decade working to have the U.S. sign on to the International Convention to Ban Cluster Munitions. http://www.stopclustermunitions.org/news/?id=4242
I had hoped we might get her in talk to President Obama and Secretaries Kerry and Hagel when this serious Syria business erupted."