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