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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
      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!

      DONATE NOW TO TOM HAYDEN'S CLIMATE PROJECT!

      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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      Wednesday
      Oct212015

      Resolving the Bernie/Hillary Differences

      Bernie Sanders' stature and strength continues to grow. He is the folk hero of the primary season. His message is repeated consistently to millions of people. He's neck and neck with Hillary in early primaries. The money is rolling in, and the volunteers have become a genuine mass movement. A sense of humor has emerged from under the early strains. Most important to many left-progressives is the rational discussion of democratic socialism for the first time in 90 years, since we last had an elected bloc of socialist mayors agitating for what became the New Deal.

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      Wednesday
      Oct212015

      What Paul Ryan Is Up To

      Paul Ryan will try to be the leading voice of the Republican Party in its attempt to defeat Hillary Clinton in 2016.

      His demands on his Republican colleagues are relatively soft, not sharp. He spells out his agenda in a passage insisting on his right to be home with family. “I may not be on the road as often as previous speakers, but I pledge to make up for it with more time communicating our vision, our message.”

      With his ideological roots in Ayn Rand and classic conservative philosophers, Ryan thinks of himself as an intellectual dedicated to a counter-revolution against the New Deal and every strand of modern progressive thought. He is a product of rigorous Catholic education. He has largely succeeded in achieving respect from the media and political class, partly because he separates himself from irrational extremism of the ‘Freedom Caucus’. His ability to negotiate a budget deal last year with Democratic Sen. Patty Murray reinforced his reputation for relative sanity.

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      Tuesday
      Oct202015

      Why The Dodgers Blew Their Chance

      Most Dodger fans and sports writers should be unanimous in blaming Mark Walter, Guggenheim, and Andrew Friedman for the Dodgers having two stellar starters in Kershaw and Greinke but not investing in a top third starting pitcher to replace Hyun-Jin Ryu, like David Price or Cole Hamels.

      Others might argue that a second bonehead decision was releasing Dee Gordon, but that’s for another discussion. But accountability starts at the top. Friedman and Guggenheim should admit they made a terrible, terrible mistake, and offer resignations or make amends. They definitely should not hang the blame on Don Mattingly And it’s not just Friedman’s over dependence on Big Data, it’about trying to save money by bringing on too many pitchers who weren’t up to series competition.

      TOM HAYDEN Mr. Hayden was an MVP a the Dodgertown FantasyCamp in 1988 and played baseball until his recent stroke at age 75.

      Tuesday
      Oct202015

      Liberal Win in Canada

      President George W. Bush gave the world the Iraq War, environmental disasters, a stacked Supreme Court, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper for a decade. With the cutting of that umbilical cord, Canadians and progressive Americans should feel great relief, at least for the short term.

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      Thursday
      Oct152015

      Big Steps for Environmental Justice

      In a big step for the growing environmental justice movement, nearly a thousand residents of Boyle Heights, the heart of LA’s Mexican-American community, and Hunters Point, the African-American center of San Francisco, hundreds of residents flocked to displays of affordable zero-emission cars last week to an event sponsored by Environment California’s "Charge Ahead" campaign. There were only three white organizers among multitudes of people of color listening to State Senator Pro Tem Kevin de Leon extolling affordable clean energy vehicles, including models with directional voices in Spanish, It is de Leon who has taken up the cause of environmental justice more than anyone in Sacramento. His legislation mandates the expansion of the “Charge Ahead" program to communities of color. The events in the LA barrio and SF ghetto were unprecedented. 

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      Thursday
      Oct152015

      Bring Home The Troops: Letter to the Editor

      Published October 15, 2015 by the Washington Post

      One option was unmentioned in the Oct. 13 front-page article “Afghan decision tests Obama,” about President Obama’s fading chance to bring the troops home. The president could use his available powers to demand a multipronged effort at ending ethnic and geographic partitions in the region. In Afghanistan, it’s still the Pashtun south and east vs. the Northern Alliance. In Iraq, it’s still the Shiites of the south against the Sunnis in the north and west. In Syria, it is the northeastern Alawites (Shiite) against the Sunni majority across the south.

      Mr. Obama may be adopting the Nixon-Kissinger strategy of a “decent interval” between the withdrawal of U.S. forces and the final collapse of the Saigon regime. The Taliban is expanding its power base. The Islamic State has captured Sunni rage. The government in Kabul is a hapless Humpty Dumpty.

      The article warned that Mr. Obama has “provoked nearly universal alarm” in the foreign policy establishment. But those are the people David Halberstam made infamous as “the best and the brightest.” They lost the Vietnam and Iraq wars.

      Tom Hayden, Los Angeles, CA

      Thursday
      Oct152015

      Sullivan Canyon and Namvar Money

      The LA Times has sadly ignored an important developer scandal over mansions in Sullivan Canyon during the past year. The story has been written by former Times reporter John Schwada at CityWatchLA and is the subject of several letters I have written to city and state officials as well as a lawsuit being prepared by Sullivan Canyon homeowners. 

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