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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.

      Friday
      Jul272012

      Sicilia Caravan Calls for Peace Movement Against Drug War; US Escalates Drug War in Africa

      The face of a growing movement against the US drug war will appear in California August 12-13 as the Mexican poet Javier Sicilia begins a long procession across the United States to the steps of the White House.

      The map for the rapidly improvised march, the Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity, starts in San Diego and Los Angeles, then will pass through key border cities such as Las Cruces and El Paso, heading east toward New Orleans and then up to Washington DC, expecting to arrive between September 10-12.

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      Friday
      Jul272012

      Gang Truce Lifts Salvadoran Economic Prospect

      El Salvador's gang truce still is holding after four months, gaining support from Organization of American States (OAS) officials and positive improvements for the country's bond market. A national delegation of gang interventionists returns from El Salvador this week with recommendations for social and economic assistance.

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      Thursday
      Jul262012

      The Failure of the Long War: Al Qaeda Rising in Syria, Iraq

      Despite trillions of dollars and thousands of lives lost, it now appears that Al Qaeda is far from defeated and even on the rise in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Somali and Mali. The American counterterrorism strategy, symbolized by the 2011 killing of Osama bin Laden, and while inflicting serious damage on the network, has failed to prevent its spread and regeneration. Counter-insurgency, the rival Pentagon strategy of providing security for local populations, is already being shelved after a brief period of enthusiasm among defense intellectuals and journalists.

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      Thursday
      Jul262012

      Garzón to Represent Assange

      A renowned human rights lawyer, Spain's Baltasar Garzón, is now representing the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, in multiple jurisdictions where he may face legal charges or possible extradition.

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      Thursday
      Jul262012

      Romney Leads on Deficits, Economy, Jobs

      Mitt Romney has a solid lead on economic issues after millions of Democratic dollars and thousands of Democratic ads, according to the Gallup-USA Today poll conducted July 19-22.

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      Wednesday
      Jul252012

      Yo Soy 132 May Occupy Televisa

      Leftist PRD candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) is now challenging the July 1st election results through legal channels, demanding the election be fully annulled due to vote buying and illegal campaign expenditures by the PRI and its candidate Enrique Pena Nieto.

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      Thursday
      Jul192012

      Romney Threat to Peace, Can Obama Mobilize Peace Vote?

      Barack Obama was the first president elected on a platform of withdrawing American troops from an ongoing war. Now, though political pundits and the reporters rarely mention it, Obama's re-election depends on winning back the peace vote in November. This week the wars will received a brief "cameo" role, according to the Los Angeles Times, because Mitt Romney is taking his campaign to London, Israel and Poland. The Hollywood analogy is apt: it is as if the trillion-dollar wars can be cut and pasted from a choreographed script.

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      Monday
      Jul162012

      An Interview with The Washington Post

      Few symbolized 1960s radicalism as boldly as Tom Hayden: co-founder of Students for a Democratic Society, Freedom Rider in the South, member of the Chicago Eight put on trial for disrupting the 1968 Democratic National Convention, Vietnam war protester. Later he earned fame in other ways, by marrying actress and activist Jane Fonda (from whom he is long divorced) and serving in the California legislature. Now in his 70s, Hayden writes every day — newspaper columns, books, tweets — as part of a “moral obligation” that he says he feels to speak out. “I made that commitment after my heart surgery, which was at the time of 9/11, and I have kept that pledge,” he says. Hayden spoke to The Post from his office in Culver City, near Los Angeles.

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      Wednesday
      Jul112012

      Mexico's Election: A Vote for Peace, A Plan for War 

      Mexican soldiers standing by the site where three dismembered bodies linked to drug violence were found in Acapulco in March. (Pedro Pardo/Agence France-Presse) The authorities were boasting that all flights were on time as I landed at Mexico City’s international airport on June 26 to cover the country’s national election. Terminal 2 bustled with travelers; the duty-free shops gleamed with jewelry and alcohol, and the food courts were in full service mode. Only 24 hours earlier, however, travelers were crawling on the same terminal floor during a shootout that killed three federal police. The shooters escaped in broad daylight. The dead officers were not shot by narco-traffickers but by other police who apparently were working for the narcos. It turned out that AeroMexico stewardesses were helping export cocaine on flights to Spain. Bienvenidos to the Mexican labyrinth, where nothing is transparent, including elections.

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      Wednesday
      Jul112012

      Jerry Brown, Our Angela Merkel

      As a friend and sometime ally of Gov. Brown, I have been pondering his irreversible cuts to higher education and social services. It is the fault of the Republicans and the requirements of Prop 13, I know, but there is more.

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