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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
      Oct282014

      How to Shorten the Long War

      The next turning point in the new Iraq War will be when President Barack Obama and Congress decide whether to maintain their promise to send no American ground troops. 

      If they hold firm, an early diplomatic settlement may be forced on them since the Iraqi armed forces cannot stop the "clear, build and hold" strategy of the Islamic State. Iraq's Shiite forces cannot, or will not, defend Sunni areas, and Iraq's Kurds are fighting to defend their territory.

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      Monday
      Oct272014

      Can the Brown Administration Exceed New European Emissions Standards?

      California clean energy advocates and Brown administration officials should be cheered by the European Union's announcement that they will cut greenhouse gas emissions by "at least" 40 percent by 2030, a doubling of their current trajectory of 20 percent by 2020. Cuts are measured from 1990 levels.

      Demystifying these numbers, this means that the 28-nation European bloc will take major enforceable steps to cut carbon use in the next fifteen years consistent with the United Nations goal of staving off worse-case climate chaos by mid-century. The European announcement will be followed early next year by declarations from other countries as talks continue towards a possible global climate agreement by 2015.

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      Friday
      Oct242014

      Cuba Leads While U.S. Lags in Ebola Battle

      In what a New York Times editorial called "Cuba's Impressive Role on Ebola" (October 19, 2014), hundreds of Cuban doctors and nurses are being dispatched to West Africa to battle Ebola, train medical personnel, and create isolation and treatment centers. The Cubans are playing "the most robust role" of any country in battling the Ebola plague, which has erupted virulently because of a broad failure, according to the Times, "to produce medicines and vaccines for diseases that afflict poor countries."

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      Monday
      Oct132014

      The Machiavellian Evil in Kobani 

      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. 

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      Tuesday
      Sep232014

      Congress Wavers on War

      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. 

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      Tuesday
      Sep232014

      Special Report From Beijing

      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. 

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      Monday
      Sep222014

      Marching for a Green Economy "Built to Last"

      Jane Goodall, former Vice President Al Gore, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon march in Sunday's climate march in New York City. (Photo: Getty, 2014)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."

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      Sunday
      Sep212014

      Tom Hayden from the People's Climate March

      Tom Hayden speaking at the People's Climate March on September 21, 2014. (Photo: Barbara Williams, 2014)"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!"

      Wednesday
      Sep172014

      Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committee Petition

      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. 

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      Wednesday
      Sep172014

      Lessons Never Learned—From Vietnam to Iraq

      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.

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