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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.

      Tuesday
      May122009

      The Politics of Escalation

      Congressional leaders are cooperating with the Obama administration in quashing any serious criticism of growing military escalation in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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      Thursday
      May072009

      Understanding the Long War

      The concept of the "Long War" is attributed to former CENTCOM Commander Gen. John Abizaid [1], speaking in 2004. Leading counterinsurgency theorist John Nagl, an Iraq combat veteran and now the head of the Center for a New American Security, writes that "there is a growing realization that the most likely conflicts of the next fifty years will be irregular warfare in an 'Arc of Instability' that encompasses much of the greater Middle East and parts of Africa and Central and South Asia." The Pentagon's official Quadrennial Defense Review (2005) commits the United States to a greater emphasis on fighting terrorism and insurgencies in this "arc of instability." The Center for American Progress repeats the formulation [2] in arguing for a troop escalation and ten-year commitment in Afghanistan, saying that the "infrastructure of jihad" must be destroyed in "the center of an 'arc of instability' through South and Central Asia and the greater Middle East."

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      Sunday
      Mar082009

      Eyes on the Prize Interviews Tom Hayden

      Interview gathered as part of Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years (1954-1965).

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      Tuesday
      Mar032009

      A Peace Movement Win

      After years of frustrating ambiguity, President Obama has clearly committed to a complete withdrawal of all US troops in less than three years.

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      Sunday
      Mar012009

      Partial Peace, Looming War

      President Obama has surprised the national security establishment, and not a few in the peace movement, with his Friday commitment to pull all American troops out of Iraq by 2011.

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      Thursday
      Aug212008

      Warning to Obama on the New Cold War

      Barack Obama and the Democrats are heading towards trouble in November because of a new cold war with the Russians triggered largely by a top John McCain adviser and the same neoconservative clique who fabricated evidence to lobby for the Iraq war.

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      Friday
      Aug152008

      The Defunding of the Peace Movement

      Last December I wrote an optimistic cover story for The Nation predicting that "peace advocates will likely have the best funded antiwar message in history" during the coming election year, as "tens of millions of dollars will be raised for voter education and registration and get-out-the-vote campaigns through the 527 committees which disseminate election messages independent of partisan candidates."

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      Tuesday
      Jul292008

      Obama From the Agora

      As Barack Obama swept Europe politically this week, my vantage point was the ancient agora of Athens, where I could muse whether the young conquerer might become more Athenian or Spartan.

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      Saturday
      Jul192008

      Maliki's Obama Endorsement

      In a stunning diplomatic breakthrough for Barack Obama, Iraq's Prime Minister Friday endorsed the Democratic candidate's sixteen-month timeline for withdrawing combat troops for Iraq.

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      Tuesday
      Jul152008

      Obama, Iraq and Afghanistan

      Any proposal to transfer American troops from Iraq to Afghanistan and Pakistan is sure to cause debate and questions among peace activists and rank-and-file Democrats. The proposal potentially represents a wider quagmire for the US government and military.

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