On October 21, when President Obama announced that all American troops would be withdrawing from Iraq, I learned that I needed surgery on a blocked carotid artery, and soon. Ten years earlier, between the 9/11 attacks and the US invasion of Iraq, I was having quintuple bypass surgery. The Cedars-Sinai doctors even delayed the operation in case Los Angeles was struck that day.
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.
While monitoring possible deception during the Iraq pullout, it is important for the peace movement to engage in the effort to end the wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Experience shows that a vibrant anti-war movement is a necessary element in ending these wars. Here are some steps.
While 2012 predictions are premature, the danger ahead lies once again in the Electoral College. Al Gore was elected president by a popular majority in 2000, only to lose the electoral vote to Bush. Similarly, President Obama seems likely to win a majority of votes but is in peril because of the undemocratic Electoral College system.
In a stunning and largely unexpected victory for the American peace movement and Iraqi opponents of the US occupation, the Associated Press reported October 16 that virtually all US troops will withdraw from Iraq as scheduled by this December 31. Assuming the report is true, the US pullout will allow President Obama to keep an important promise, and the Iraqi government to defend its sovereign power.
Keith Olbermann and Tom Hayden discuss civil disobedience as a strategy for the Occupy movement and whether mass arrests will help the cause or become counterproductive.
We, the undersigned, call on you to immediately invoke the Leahy Amendment to end funding or training for units of the Afghanistan National Security Directorate, armed forces, and police engaged in torture or gross violations of human rights until all necessary corrective steps have been taken, including steps to bring those responsible to justice.
Vice-president Joe Biden will visit Wisconsin on October 26, as the state’s voters undertake a recall campaign against Tea Party Governor Scott Walker. More than 20,000 showed up at an Occupy Milwaukee protest Saturday morning.
Ten years after promising that human rights would be protected in Afghanistan, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has verified “systemic torture” by Afghan security forces trained and funded by the United States.
In a stunning example of small-minded politics, Mayor Bloomberg is sending the NYPD to forcibly evict brave people who acted as a living rebuke to Wall Street’s indifferent and immoral behavior toward a majority of Americans.