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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
      Jan122016

      Tom Hayden for California DNC Member

      Tom Hayden at a climate rally in Pershing Square, Los Angeles, California to celebrate the achievements of the Paris Climate Talks (National Nurses United, December 2015)Dear Democratic Friends,    
      I have decided to run for an open seat on the Democratic National Committee and would be honored to receive your endorsement and feedback. 
       
      Why am I doing this? 
       
      First, the crisis of 2016 in politics. I see great opportunities in the rise of social movements for living wages, climate justice, marriage equality, diplomacy towards Cuba and Iran, and the continued election of great progressives like Mayor De Blasio in New York City, Senator Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts, and real progressives from San Francisco to Seattle.
       
      However we cannot afford to lose another close election. The Republicans now dominate the US Supreme Court, Congress, and constantly obstruct the White House.  Losing the presidency this year to the Republicans will doom the progressive agenda for another generation. Public employees and their unions are under court and political attack in many states. Budgets for public schools, universities, and Obamacare are threatened by privatization, while affirmative action is under siege. Planned Parenthood faces permanent attack and threats of violence. The wanton shooting of unarmed black men is a plague returning from the past to impose a nightmare on our present and future. Immigration reform and the cause of the Dreamers are threatened by wholesale deportation and no way forward. Jobs with decent wages are disappearing, not recovering. Where the minimum wage is rising, it's only because labor and community coalitions are fighting for $15 an hour. The big banks and corporations, with their monopoly of secret money, are trying to end democracy in America. The threats of terrorism and the likelihood of an expanding war are shadows over today and tomorrow.  

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      Tuesday
      Jan052016

      New Greenwald Film "Making a Killing: Guns, Greed & The NRA" Might Change the Political Debate

      The film, scheduled to be released in March, depicts the National Rifle Association, as a profit-making mega-business operating with complete immunity, and it’s complete with wrenching real-life stories of families affected. President Obama issued his executive order yesterday, while gun control measures are gaining ground in many states and cities. With 80-90 percent majorities blowing in the wind, the President, and Democratic Presidential Nominees Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have an advantage in the debate. The Greenwald film could be seen by thousands, even millions, of Democratic voters, raising their intensity to historic levels. It will be a powerful tool at house parties everywhere.
      Friday
      Dec182015

      Beisbol at Center of Cuban-US Rapprochement 

      I've written articles this year in the Los Angeles Times and the Nation, as well as an entire book, Listen Yankee! on the Cuban-US rapprochement, but my favorite reporting is about baseball and coexistence. Not only because I'm an old ballplayer who's visited Cuba several times, but because baseball is the best framework for achieving real results in the immediate future. The sport is a shared passion in both our countries; baseball diplomacy already is bringing real results and the solidifying a long-term rapprochement subject to pressure on other fronts. Only a 50 percent increase in authorized American travel to Cuba this year will have equal or greater effect now that more than 100 commercial flights by a US airline are being negotiated.

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      Thursday
      Dec172015

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      Wednesday
      Dec162015

      Defending Bowe Bergdahl

      It was October 1967 that I was invited to Cambodia to take brief custody of three American soldiers being released in a gesture from the National Liberation Front (Vietcong). At the time I was an innocent 28 years old, the age of Bowe Bergdahl when he was released in a prisoner swap last year after five years of grueling captivity. I had a flashback to those times when Army General Robert Abrams ordered that Bergdahl be court-marshaled as a deserter despite far more lenient misdemeanor recommendations from the army lawyer who held a preliminary hearing in September. That officer concluded that there should be "no jail sentence at the end of this process" for Bergdahl. (See LA Times, Dec. 15, 2015.)

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      Friday
      Dec112015

      Paris in the Dark Before Dawn

      We can only wait as the clock passes midnight, the moment when the Paris summit is scheduled to end. In politics that means the screws tighten, hard bargaining begins, tempers escalate, and the pressure increases for either "any deal" or a "better deal." The crunch is on. If I had to guess, the talks will be put over into the weekend.

      The latest good news is the Vatican's call for setting a 1.5-degree rise in global temperature for this century, significantly below the unreal current consensus of 2 degrees Celsius, which would open the gates to an irreversible loss of lives and ecosystems. The Vatican is joined by the Philippines and a score of vulnerable nations.

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      Friday
      Dec112015

      We Live on Borrowed Time

      Tom Hayden on his 76th birthday with his two Norman Rockwell War Bond printsTalking points for Democrats and Activists

       by Tom Hayden

      "I know, therefore, that we live on borrowed Time." Ending the War in Iraq, 2007, p. 208

      1. We Need to understand, name, blame, and frame the Long War Doctrine.

      The Long War Doctrine--advanced by Pentagon planners and neo-conservatives almost ten years ago--projects up to 80 years of US military intervention to "win" the battle with radical jihadists. The implications are almost unthinkable to most Americans, or at least they have been until now.

      Eighty years means 20 presidential terms, twice as many congressional sessions, and bloodletting beyond description, with costs that exceed decades’ worth of GDP—not to mention our political capacity. Can it possibly be winnable or affordable, and based on unified public opinion? Will it bankrupt our budget for health care, social security, education, and climate/environmental protection? Politically, few Republicans or military officials have wanted to open this discussion up to the American people—yet it's a crucial dimension we need to insert into public debate right now.[i] 

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      Tuesday
      Dec012015

      Celebrate #GivingTuesday with Us!

      We want to take this fight to the California State Legislature, the White House and beyond. California’s climate policies have become a real leverage point for National and International policy. Everything that starts in California is copied globally and around the capitol of our own country. 

      But we need your help! 

      We must raise at least $50,000 for 2016 and $150,000 in three years to implement our plan – building an effective team to keep battling to completion the maximum goals of the Gov. Brown era in CA and the next administration in Washington. 

      Giving what you can will help us get there!

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      Wednesday
      Nov252015

      War Presidents

      There is a mystique on the Liberal-Left about the legacy of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, voiced most eloquently in Bernie Sanders’ recent speech about what it means to be a democratic socialist. Many progressives including myself think of the New Deal as central to our heritage, and FDR’s proposed Economic Bill of Rights as a platform for the future.

      Often ignored, however, is the paramount fact that FDR was a war president. After Pearl Harbor, he fought the Germans, Japanese and Italians every day until the surrenders. I remember sitting on my mother’s lap while she listened to his fireside chats, and how she told me he was keeping us safe. Four hundred nineteen thousand Americans of my Marine father’s generation died during that mission to keep kids like me safe.

      Lincoln was a war president too, leaving 620,000 dead in the cause of ending slavery and launching Reconstruction. These are realities well worth pondering today as we edge into a war with ISIS. The choices may come down to these in 2016:

      • The election of an American war president who preserves and enhances Obamacare, Social Security, labor and civil rights, and public education; 
      • Election of a right-wing war president who terminates the New Deal and civil rights legacies as “unaffordable.” 
      The other option of electing an anti-war president who expands social programs is in doubt. Is anyone even thinking about a progressive war president, and which candidate do they favor? Time for tough choices.

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      Thursday
      Nov122015

      TEDx Havana Speech 2015

      Tom Hayden with his book "Listen Yankee! Why Cuba Matters" and the book that inspired it, "Listen Yankee!" by C. Wright Mills. (Photo: 2015, Emma Taylor)Speech broadcast this Saturday, Nov. 14, to the TEDxHavana conference on the Cuba-United States normalization process. Over two thousand are attending.

      HOLA, HELLO A TODOS LOS COMPANEROS Y COMPANERAS EN HAVANA!

      THANK YOU TO ANDRES LEVIN OF TED FOR INVITING ME AND ARRANGING THIS LONG DISTANCE ADDRESS.

      QUE VIVA FIDEL AND PRESIDENT RAUL CASTRO. Y AS A NORTE AMERICANO I WANT TO THANK PRESIDENT OBAMA FOR HIS COURAGEOUS DECISION TO OPEN A NEW RELATIONSHIP ACROSS THE AMERICAS. QUE VIVA. THAT IS WHY FOR THIS OCCASION I HAVE THE FLAG OF TH 26TH JULY MOVEMENTNEXT TO AN EARLY AMERICAN FLAG FROM OUR REVOLUTIONARY TIMES LONG AGO.

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