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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.

      Monday
      May232011

      War on Crime: Reform of Three Strikes Being Considered

      Another initiative to reform California’s “three strikes” law is being considered by a spectrum of advocates ranging from family members to Republican fiscal-conservatives. If funding and a consensus on strategy are obtained, the ballot measure would require that third-strike felonies be serious and violent. The reform would likely be placed on the November 2012 statewide ballot.

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      Monday
      May232011

      U.S. Acknowledges Latin America Policy at Dead End, Zelaya Returns to Honduras 

      In a victory for the Organization of American States and Venezuelan-Colombian diplomacy, ousted Honduran president Manuel Zelaya is returning home after the June 2009 coup against his elected government.

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      Monday
      May232011

      Our Legal Guardian: An Epitaph for Len Weinglass

      Attorney Leonard Weinglass, my best and oldest friend, died March 23, 2011. These were my words at his memorial in New York City on May 13.

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      Thursday
      May122011

      Prediction: The U.S. Stays in Iraq

      It is becoming almost certain that the U.S. succeed in forcing Iraq to “invite” thousands of American troops to stay indefinitely in the latest imperial outpost of the United States in the Arab world.

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      Wednesday
      May112011

      Key Decisions on Afghanistan, Iraq Coming Any Day

      The Obama administration is on the verge of decisions that will permanently define the Afghanistan and Iraq wars through the 2012 election.

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      Tuesday
      May102011

      U.S. Military Admits: We Don’t Understand Afghan Insurgency

      In its own words, the U.S. military in Afghanistan “still does not fully understand the regenerative capacity of the insurgency,” according the Pentagon’s current report on the war to Congress.

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      Monday
      May092011

      With Afghanistan, a moment of opportunity for Obama

      The president has gained the moral and political capital to responsibly end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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      Monday
      May092011

      Howard Dean Group Apposes Afghanistan

      Welcome home, Democracy for America! Another sign that the White House encourages, or does not oppose, the anti-war sentiment by its allied groups, DFA, MoveOn, Campaign for America’s Future and, first to reverse its position, the Center for American Priorities. It’s good that they have rejoined the peace movement and I hope the White House follows.

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      Friday
      May062011

      The Conspiracy Theories Begin 

      I personally believe our attention should focus on the huge opportunity to pressure President Obama to responsibly withdraw from Afghanistan and Iraq. But journalists and activists also need to contend with diversionary conspiracy theories at the same time.

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      Friday
      May062011

      Shift in Reform Judaism Towards J Street Peace Advocates

      Peace and justice advocates should be pleased with last week’s election of Rabbi Richard Jacobs as president of the Union for Reform Judaism, the largest branch of American Judaism. The new leadership will be supportive of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as well as efforts to end the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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