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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.


      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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      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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      Sam Roberts: The Port Huron Statement at 50

      They are mostly in their 70s now, those quixotic college students who drafted the Port Huron Statement at a ramshackle A.F.L.-C.I.O. education retreat northeast of Detroit in 1962. Today, their “agenda for a generation” survives most famously as a punch line from the 1998 film “The Big Lebowski” in which the stoner protagonist proclaims himself an author of “the original Port Huron Statement, not the compromised second draft.” Purists like Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski might dissent, but last month the historian Michael Kazin pronounced the final draft “the most ambitious, the most specific and the most eloquent manifesto in the history of the American left.”

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      On Environmentalism

      The Port Huron Statement says little about the environmental crisis; the environmental movement accelerated in the late 60s, propelled by earlier movements and stirrings.

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      CSU Charges Student $32,000 (!) for Door Prosecutor Says He Didn't Break

      Readers may remember campus police battling, beating and arresting students protesting fee hikes at a CSU trustees meeting last November 16, 2011, and seeing television coverage of a door breaking. The original felony charges against one of the student protestors, Seth Newmeyer of UCLA, were dropped. But then the charges of “misdemeanor vandalism” and “failure to disperse” were reinstated – along with a required $32,000 restitution for the door he didn’t break! $32,000 for a door? Here’s the story and video account. To follow up, please sign Newmeyer's petition below:

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      For Franklin Graham, the Crusades Never End

      Thousands of American deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan are the legacy of a continuing Christian crusade promoted by Franklin Graham, who now is claiming in television interviews that President Obama is a born Muslim and a questionable convert to Christianity.

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      Marc Pilisuk: Is Iran War the Secret Weapon of the One Percent?

      US troops going to Jerusalem sounds like a step toward Armagedon. Yet according to one typically reliable source it is happening,* It is happening at a time of escalating threats to Iran based upon a document that shows no evidence of Iranian efforts to build a bomb. However, an Iran strike should also be looked upon as the concealed weapon of the 1% and as an argument by the nuclear weapons complex that the huge budget for new weapons development is related to real world military concerns,

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      Rotten Apples in China Sweatshops

      After years of protests from anti-sweatshop and human rights activists, Apple has consented to divulge the names of its hundreds of suppliers in China employing workers in secret and oppressive conditions. Apple contractors employ 700,000 Chinese workers assembling iPhones and iPads used by millions of Americans. The Chinese plants produce for Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Motorola, Nokia, Sony, and Toshiba.

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      US Drug War Spreads Violence in Americas

      The US bears responsibility for the latest of several fires causing mass deaths in a Honduran prison this week. Before the fire which killed over 350 inmates, most of them victims of “mano dura” street sweeps and preventive detention policies, Hondura’s president Porfirio “Pepe” Lobo announced the US military personnel would be deployed in Honduras to “battle violent crime” and “contribute to the tranquility of the Honduran people.”

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      As Afghan Fissures Worsen, Exit Plan is Proposed

      As the Afghanistan crisis deepens, “there is evidence of a continued divide between the White House and the military over the pace of withdrawal.” This dispute between civilian and military leadership is expected to worsen if President Obama accelerates the withdrawals past the 33,000 mark later this year, and as American troops are shifted out of combat roles by next year.

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