It may never be announced until it is too late to stop, but the United States and Cuba are moving steadily towards rapprochement by the approximate time that President Barack Obama and the Castro brothers leave power. Whether the goal is achieved depends partly on debates within the Obama administration and whether the Cuban lobby continues its decline.
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.
Governor Jerry Brown is finding California to be an effective Archimedean leverage point in shaping a progressive alternative to a federal system stalemated by the New Civil War. The latest example is a West Coast pact to combat climate change by the governments of California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia, a region populated by 53 million people with a GDP of $2.8 trillion.
No one should miss "The Square", a courageous, stunning documentary that follows real human beings "live" as they go through the 2011 uprising in Cairo's Tahrir Square, without knowing their own fates much less the fate of their revolution. Then, remarkably, once the dictator, Hosni Mubarak, has been overthrown, the same masses rise against his successor, the elected Muslim Brotherhood candidate, Mohamad Morsi. As the film ends, still in real time, the audience will feel as close as possible in the confines of a movie theater to their lives being turned upside down.
Since the posting of "Becoming Two Americas", many readers have argued that we actually are becoming three or more Americas, while others cling to the dream of becoming One America again. The purpose of the original posting was not to propose breaking up the country, but to focus progressives on strategic questions of how to live and work through the political polarization paralyzing the country for the foreseeable future.
In a unique film premiere for victims of drone strikes, Pakistani leader Imran Khan will host a screening of Robert Greenwald's new documentary "Unmanned: America's Drone Wars" in Islamabad this Friday. Khan is the most popular political leader in Pakistan, and the elected leader of the region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where drone strikes are clustered. His former wife, the London-based, Jemima Khan, is co-executive producer.
The human beings incarcerated in California Prisons who participated in the 60 day hunger strike have brought their case into the the California state capitol.
The CIA celebrated the new season of Showtime's "Homeland" on September 9 at its Langley headquarters. It was a "frank and free exchange about the entertainment business and the intelligence business that revealed a lot of parallels," commented Alex Gansa, co-creator of the show.
The logic of voter turnout data all but guarantees right-wing Republican congressional victories in 2014 and a sealing of the divide of America into two countries for the foreseeable future. White House operatives privately acknowledge that GOP gerrymandering plus low turnout make 2014 a war to keep the Senate Democratic and show gains while losing the House. There are eight battleground Senate seats where Mitt Romney won the popular vote in 2012 and incumbent Democrats are either retiring or vulnerable to defeat.