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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.

      Monday
      Mar192012

      Stratfor Says Long War Threatens Republic

      Stratfor, the journal of geo-strategic analysis, says the Long War is threatening the future of the republic.

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      Tuesday
      Mar132012

      On Liberation Theology and Participatory Democracy

      The mainstream of the civil rights movement was mainly Christian but also ecumenical. Protestant leaders were there as National Council of Churches. Jewish rabbis and leaders mainly from Reform Judaism. Gandhi’s philosophy of a “soul force” and nonviolence as a way of life strongly influenced Lawson, Dr. King, and Bayard Rustin, the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, among many others. Malcolm X is credited with leading the Nation of Islam into active support of desegregation and black power, recruiting many Muslims who were victims of mass incarceration. Malcolm before his death would evolve in an ecumenical direction, after taking a pilgrimage to Mecca and parts of Africa, where he saw people of many different colors in the Islamic faith.

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      Monday
      Mar122012

      The Failure of Gradualism in Afghanistan

      Killing at least sixteen Afghan civilians as they slept. Urinating on dead Afghan bodies while laughing about it. Setting fire to their Korans. Day after day, a tired American public hears that these are just “isolated acts” and that these incidents “cast shadows” and “complicate” Washington’s plan for a gradual withdrawal of troops over the next thirty-four months. We are told that the raging anger and distrust between many Afghan and American troops is a further sign that the steady plan is at risk.

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      Sunday
      Mar112012

      Biden Sent to Shore Up U.S. Drug War

      The message from the Obama White House was clear: No to the partial legalization of narcotics, Yes to the current, militarized drug war policy which has claimed tens of thousands of lives. While President Obama was dealing with the issue of Israeli tensions with Iran, Vice President Joe Biden travelled to Mexico and Central America on March 5 and 6 where he met with Mexico's presidential candidates and regional heads of state.

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      Sunday
      Mar112012

      Protest Awakens Against Iran War

      Our colleague, Tom Andrews, writes that he’s worried about the rising danger of war with Iran, especially after sounding out his old Democratic allies in the House. I, too, have the sense that President Obama can be pushed this year into a war he doesn’t want, according to a recent conversation with a House member.

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      Saturday
      Mar102012

      The Peace Movement and the Drug War

      The PJRC pays close attention to the Central and Latin American drug wars because of 50,000 deaths and social mayhem, catastrophic conditions in over-crowded prisons, US backing for murderous regimes such as Mexico’s, and the creeping militarization by the DEA under the guise of assistance and counter-terrorism. As this excellent article by Ethan Nadelman, as well as the PJRC's Alci, indicates, Latin American opinion is swinging sharply towards alternatives including legalization of some drugs. One crucial need is for the American peace movement to criticize the US drug war south of the border where the death toll is ten times the US deaths in Iraq.

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      Thursday
      Mar082012

      Taliban Guantanamo Prisoners Going to Qatar?

      In an important diplomatic step reported by the Associated Press, a deal apparently has been reached to transfer five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo to Qatar, in a new effort to spur a peace process between the Afghan insurgents, the Karzai government, the US and NATO.

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      Wednesday
      Mar072012

      Ending the Afghanistan-Pakistan War, Preventing One with Iran

      Updated on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 8:22PM by Registered CommenterTom Hayden

      President Obama, in a prudent move, has relocated this May’s G-8 (One Percent) summit from Chicago’s unpredictable streets to the protected woods of Camp David, leaving NATO to face the demands of the peace movement in a more focused confrontation this May 18-19.

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      Wednesday
      Mar072012

      From Port Huron to #Occupy: Thank You

      Updated on Monday, March 19, 2012 at 7:47AM by Registered CommenterTom Hayden

      Tom Morello talked, performed and inspired at the March 6th UCLA conference on Student-Led Democracy Movements from Port Huron to #Occupy Wall Street.

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      Monday
      Mar052012

      G-8 Withdraws From Chicago Summit

      The breaking news is that President Obama has pulled a very volatile meeting of the G-8 out of Chicago and relocated the event in the relative safety and secrecy of Camp David.

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