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.
Central America’s raging drug war is expected to escalate after the presidential election of Otto Perez-Molina, a right-wing general with past death-squad connections, who promises a “full-frontal assault” and is requesting direct US military assistance. Perez-Molina was dubbed “Guatemala’s Answer to Leftist Latin America” by Univision News on September 14, 2011.
By declaring that he will dispatch 2,500 Marines to Australia, President Obama has crossed a line, beginning a new Cold War with China, one based on military encirclement on sea and land, costing unknown trillions in defense dollars, and shoring up cheap labor markets in a free trade zone excluding China. An increased emphasis on China’s systemic human rights violations will provide a liberal rationale for the new global competition.
The Senate will vote soon on an amendment to speed up the withdrawal of US combat troops from Afghanistan, introduced as a “Sense of the Senate” resolution by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR). Co-sponsors include Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM), Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and two Republicans, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT). In the House, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) is developing legislation to cut off funding for Afghanistan except as needed for the “safe and orderly” exit of American troops.
Many are all aflutter about “Where to go from Zuccotti Park?” and “Jolted, Wall St. Protesters Face Challenge for Future." No one so far is asking the question, where does Wall Street reform stand after eight weeks of massive occupations and coverage? When will our politicians act? Or do they see their job as cleansing protesters from public spaces?
Wisconsin teachers’ union leader John Matthews says, “We have very comprehensive and creative plans” for the grass-roots recall of Tea Party Governor Scott Walker, which will launch this Tuesday, November 15, and feature by a huge rally at the State Capitol next Saturday, November 19.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will likely go to Sweden in early December rather than continuing his appeals in British courts against extradition. Assange has hired a public relations firm in Stockholm to represent him as the case moves to the Stockholm arena. The decision, as yet unannounced, was confirmed by two sources in Stockholm and has been reported in Espressen.
Transcript from Keith Olbermann's interview with Tom Hayden on Countdown, which aired live on November 10, 2011.
Keith Olbermann and Tom Hayden connect Occupy Wall Street to the recent defeat of Mississippi’s Personhood Amendment, the union-busting bill in Ohio and the recall election in Arizona of the author of the “papers please law.” Referring to protesters, Hayden says, “They’ve moved from occupying tents to occupying ballot boxes.” He goes on to caution the movement against losing focus by going after political figures like Michele Bachmann.