"Now that it's in the [legal] system people are beginning to tire of it and forget. We are truly the United States of Amnesia. We are addicted to forgetfulness. Many also feel helpless that there is nothing they can do since the justice system has the case. Don't believe the hype. This was an unarmed black teen who was gunned down by a wannabe cop at least sixty pounds heavier and seven years older."
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.
When his 24-year old son was killed in drug war crossfire last year, the Mexican poet Javier Sicilia decided to put away his writing and begin a peace movement against the policies that have led to 50,000 dead in Mexico alone since 2007. His marches and caravans have mobilized thousands of Mexicans in a nonviolent Movement for Peace and Justice, against the violence and official impunity. Sicilia recently visited Los Angeles, and may bring his campaign to the United States later in the year.
After the failure of our costly ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, our government is expanding its special operations forces in many countries. The regular Army is deploying units under special ops as well, and now 600 American soldiers are operating in Honduras in the name of the drug war.
As a divided NATO prepares to gather in Chicago, the new French president François Hollande will be announcing a pullout of his 3,300 troops from Afghanistan two years ahead of schedule. While a new poll shows the vast majority of Americans oppose keeping troops in Afghanistan past 2014, Prime Minister Julia Gillard said last month that Australia, too, intends to withdraw their 1,550 troops a year ahead of schedule, saying, "the peoples of the world's democracies are weary of this war."
Having spent two days in Wisconsin this past week at another conference on participatory democracy, I found the progressive tide running strongly toward tomorrow’s primary, which will set the stage, finally, for the recall election of right wing Governor Scott Walker on June 5.
Whatever the outcome – and the recall will be close – the Wisconsin movement has been nothing short of inspiring.
Looking back at that summer 50 years ago, it feels as though the Port Huron Statement wrote us, not the other way around.
Six hundred US army troops have invaded Honduras in an escalation of the 2009 intervention, in which the State Department stood by during a military coup against Honduras’ elected president, Manuel Zelaya. In all likelihood, President Zelaya would have prohibited the deployment of hundreds of US troops as described in a New York Times story today.
Robert Caro’s impressive biography of Lyndon Johnson seems beyond the reach of criticism, having won the National Book Critics Circle Award and been described as a “monument” (Michael Beschloss) and “at the summit of American historical writing.” (The Washington Post) Yet Caro may have identified far too much with his subject, a form of Stockholm Syndrome, perhaps, in which a prisoner identifies with his jailer.
Driven by market interests and lingering superpower aspirations, our government is heading into a new cold war against China with little public debate or Congressional oversight.
The measure of a genuine uprising, as distinct from a political campaign or mobilization, is the degree of its "newness", in the phrase of the New England Transcendentalists like Emerson and Thoreau. By that standard, the broad Occupy movement is a genuinely new force in the world, one which has unhinged "the predictable".