North Carolina is not only the site of the Democratic Party’s 2012 convention, but a crucial swing state in the November election. As this report indicates, a powerful populist movement led by African-Americans seems to be taking root in the state. For more information contact Bob Zellner.
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.
House members led by Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) are circulating a moderate letter commending the Obama administration for announcing an end to the US combat role in Afghanistan in 2013, one year ahead of the previous timetable. Many of the signers supported an accelerated withdrawal in a resolution last year, which attracted 204 House votes.
Because private corporate power had so many public consequences, the Port Huron Statement (PHS) argued for an economic democracy in which the “major resources and means of production should be open to democratic participation and subject to democratic regulation.” And workplace democracy experiments. The ethical issues was that work should involve incentives worthier than money or survival, educative, not stultifying, creative, not mechanical, self-directed, not manipulated…because this experience has crucial influence on our habits, perceptions and individual ethics.”
"Clearly when all else fails, when hope is no longer sufficient…then the last resort is to escape this dance with want and misery and aim for the promised land."
With the departure of the last American soldier from Iraq, a bloody and expensive adventure ends—not with a bang, but with a whimper. As the Iraq War passes into history, Raed Jarrar, Tom Hayden, Nadia Keilani, and Johan Galtung comment on the lessons learned from this nine-year event, and debate whether the war and occupation are really over.
The student movement on a mass scale against the Vietnam War was the first and only in American history. It was also fundamental to a “student-led democracy movement” because it opposed at least two undemocratic structures: first, 18 years olds could not vote, and second, they could be conscripted (drafted for war). The same movement also brought about the War Powers Act, a 1973 Congressional measure to make the executive branch more accountable.
President Obama is accelerating the withdrawal of American troops from combat roles in Afghanistan, emphasizing during the presidential campaign that he will put an end to the quagmire. The decision was predicted in a PJRC analysis last month.
Israel now estimates that Iran’s nuclear program is nine months away from “being able to withstand an Israeli attack,” which happens to be the same timeline as the U.S. presidential election. Meanwhile, a well-connected U.S. Pentagon adviser believes that Israel might give the White House only an hour or two warning before attacking Iran, “just enough to maintain good relations between the countries but not quite enough to allow Washington to prevent the attack.”
Congress should update and amend the existing War Powers Act (WPA), passed in 1973 over Richard Nixon’s veto, to cover future American military operations relying on drones instead of ground forces. Republican and Democratic House leaders seriously questioned President Obama’s executive order for the war in Libya, but have not followed up with amendments to protect the crucial constitutional role of Congress – and American voters – in future decisions to go to war.