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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.

      Wednesday
      Feb012012

      Israeli War with Iran Nears, Pushed by Romney, Gingrich, Santorum

      Israel now estimates that Iran’s nuclear program is nine months away from “being able to withstand an Israeli attack,” which happens to be the same timeline as the U.S. presidential election. Meanwhile, a well-connected U.S. Pentagon adviser believes that Israel might give the White House only an hour or two warning before attacking Iran, “just enough to maintain good relations between the countries but not quite enough to allow Washington to prevent the attack.”

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      Wednesday
      Feb012012

      War Powers Act Should be Amended to Cover Drones, Libya-Style Wars

      Congress should update and amend the existing War Powers Act (WPA), passed in 1973 over Richard Nixon’s veto, to cover future American military operations relying on drones instead of ground forces. Republican and Democratic House leaders seriously questioned President Obama’s executive order for the war in Libya, but have not followed up with amendments to protect the crucial constitutional role of Congress – and American voters – in future decisions to go to war.

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      Thursday
      Jan262012

      Thorne Dreyer: As Port Huron Turns 50

      Courtesy Thorne Dreyer, two interviews with Tom Hayden on Rag Radio. Port Huron lives. Fifty years and counting.

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      Monday
      Jan232012

      Wisconsin Social Movement Still Succeeding in Political Recall

      In this report for Dissent, Paul and Mary Jo Buhle capture the essence of a genuine social movement in Wisconsin, which, so far, is surging from a well of popular discontent far wider than the bounds of the organized progressive and labor movements. It is this striking combination of a determined popular uprising, combined with the institutional resources of the Wisconsin Democratic Party and labor unions, which might turn Wisconsin around and stop the Tea Party in their tracks. Though receiving far less coverage than the Occupy movement, Wisconsin’s occupation of its “people’s capitol” and subsequent occupation of the state’s precincts is what makes the events historic, unique, and deserving of support from all across America.

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      Sunday
      Jan222012

      Questions for the Florida Primary

      Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich should be asked whether they favor war with Iran. The question is an urgent one. War is being urged on the Republican candidates by John Yoo, author of the Bush Administration’s “torture memos” in a frank opinion piece:

      “Because of the Obama administration's reluctance to confront this looming threat, others—such as the Republican presidential candidates—must begin preparing the case for a military strike to destroy Iran's nuclear program.”

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      Friday
      Jan202012

      John Yoo: Republican Candidates Should Push War on Iran

      John Yoo, author of the memos defending torture for the Bush Administration, has published a lengthy article at the American Enterprise Institute calling for the Republican presidential candidates to push for war with Iran. This is the clearest evidence that the neo-con faction, which pushed America into the Iraq catastrophe, is brazenly scheming to start another one.

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      Thursday
      Jan192012

      McKibben Calls Obama Keystone Decision “Brave”

      Interviewed on Democracy Now!, Bill McKibben hailed as “brave” yesterday’s decision by President Obama to reject the Keystone pipeline proposal. It was unusual praise from an inspirational leader of the environmental movement who was arrested outside Obama’s White House less than two months ago, coming at a time of progressive disillusionment with the president on many fronts.

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      Thursday
      Jan192012

      Progressive Agenda for War Veterans

      In response to a PJRC request, Paul Sullivan of Veterans for Common Sense is suggesting the following platform for addressing the needs of veterans from the era of the Gulf war, and Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

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      Thursday
      Jan192012

      Talking Points on Ending the Wars

      This work is not about “feeling good” or even “speaking truth to power.” It is about building a stronger popular base of anti-war opinion, and a stronger organizational capacity for your local networks. Congress will act only when voices for peace are strong enough in enough of their districts.

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      Tuesday
      Jan172012

      The Port Huron Statement, Participatory Democracy, and the History and Vision of the 1960’s Student Movements

      There is a theory of social change in The Long Sixties, described as “movements versus Machiavellians,” which should be studied as a basic framework for our class. This commentary attempts to understand the role of people like Charles McDew and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) as they emerged in the early 60s.

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