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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.

      Thursday
      Aug282014

      Dumbest Policy Ever: We Don't Negotiate With Terrorists

      This is the policy of officials who are simply wound too tight. It's not even true, it justifies high-risk daredevil raids, and leaves hostages like James Foley dead. At least 50 foreign hostages were released in the past five years in exchange for ransom. Just recently ISIS handed over eleven ransomed hostages to Turkey. It turns out that ISIS offered to release Foley for money, but was secretly rejected by the US.

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      Thursday
      Aug282014

      The Growing Power of the Green Regions

      Governor Jerry Brown will play a pivotal role in the United Nations Climate Summit on September 23 as he encourages the growth of a virtual Green Bloc of regions committed to serious fossil fuel reductions during global climate talks in the coming year. Brown's unorthodox strategy becomes critical as the Obama administration deals with a hostile Congress beholden to fossil fuel lobbyists, climate deniers and religious fundamentalists. The Brown strategy uses the UN timetable to assemble a powerful bloc of states committed to building low carbon clean energy economies. The policy goal of this de facto Green Bloc is to progress towards the goal of 80 percent greenhouse gas reductions below 1990 levels by 2050, a reduction considered essential to avoid a catastrophic overheating of the planet. 

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      Monday
      Aug252014

      Peace Movement A Minority Again

      Suddenly the American peace movement is back to the status of a prophetic minority. That's putting the best cast on the fact that 54 percent of the American public supports air strikes against ISIS, according to polls done before last week's beheading of James Foley. Since 2006, when a majority first decided in a Gallup Poll that the Iraq War was a "mistake", peace sentiment has been a powerful factor in the 2006 congressional elections and the two elections of President Barack Obama.

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      Friday
      Aug222014

      Karzai Copying Obama on Whistleblowing?

      Whatever will the United States say and do about the expulsion of New York Times' reporter Matthew Rosenberg from Afghanistan? Would Rosenberg be prosecuted by the Justice Department as a "leaker" if he refused to reveal his Afghan sources on a story about an American coup plot? The Times' James Risen, for example, is facing prison time for refusing to divulge his sources in a story about the CIA and an Iran nuclear controversy.

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      Wednesday
      Aug202014

      Tom Hayden discusses Iraq with Thom Hartmann

      Tom Hayden on The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann on August 19 discussing the Long War in Iraq

      Tuesday
      Aug192014

      Growing Attack on Obama's Executive Power

      As President Barack Obama prepares an executive order supporting immigrant rights, the attacks on his presidential authority mounts from the Republicans, the Tea Party, right-wing talk show hosts, and some voices among Democrats and the Left. To the extent these attacks succeed, there may be no progressive policies implemented between now and 2017. 

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      Friday
      Aug152014

      Breaking Up "Broken Windows" Policing

      Since the February 26, 2012 murder of Trayvon Martin, the repeated pattern of police killings of unarmed young African-American men is generating a tide of angry resistance and unanswered questions. The underlying law enforcement doctrine known as "broken windows policing" has come under its greatest challenge in two decades. 

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      Friday
      Aug152014

      Will U.S.-Cuba Normalization Fail Again?

      On May 12, President Obama held a confidential conversation in the White House with Uruguay's president, Jose Mujica, the former Tupamaro guerrilla leader. The meeting was a fateful one. Did they discuss Uruguay's becoming the first Marijuana Republic? Perhaps. Did they discuss the US-Cuba diplomatic impasse of 55 years? Most certainly, because three weeks later at an Organization of American States (OAS) meeting in Uruguay the delegates reaffirmed a decision to officially invite Cuba to a summit in Panama next May. 

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      Wednesday
      Aug132014

      LA City Council Takes on Wall Street Fees

      In a 14-0 vote, the Los Angeles City Council has embraced the demand of a grass-roots labor-and-neighbor coalition to re-negotiate costly Wall Street loans or terminate them altogether. The City leaders also are demanding scrutiny of the outsized-fees paid to Wall Street firms as part of a budgetary battle to "Fix LA" from a fate of declining city services and rising unemployment. 

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      Wednesday
      Aug132014

      September Climate Protests & 350.Org: "Now They Act For Millions"

      Hundreds of thousands will march at the United Nations September 21 when the UN opens its general assembly with a focus on averting catastrophic climate change. The rally may be the largest public outcry at the UN since the February 2003 rally against the Iraq War. 

      Where the 2003 protests at least succeeded in preventing the UN from authorizing the American invasion of Iraq, this movement demands that the UN achieve an enforceable treaty to save the planet from escalating greenhouse gas emissions. The treaty process will include another huge gathering in Lima this December, and rapidly unfolding talks to culminate in Paris one year later. 

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