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The U.S.’s Violent Foreign Policy Makes Problems Worse! We Must Debunk the Whole Fraudulent Notion of Militarism! by Glen Anderson
Justice4Chaudry Our friend, Zahid Chaudhry, is facing deportation and needs our help. (Story)
Every Citizen a Diplomat - U.S. Center for Citizen
The online database of non-profit U.S. citizen diplomacy organizations has grown over 300% from just one year ago to now include more than 1000 resources. Citizen Diplomacy is the concept that the individual has the right, even the responsibility, to help shape U.S. foreign relations, “one handshake at a time.” Citizen diplomats can be students, teachers, athletes, artists, business people, humanitarians, adventurers or tourists. They are motivated by a responsibility to engage with the rest of the world in a meaningful, mutually beneficial dialogue.
On Memorial Day, Veterans For Peace
Asks, “Who Dies in War?”
Mike Ferner, national president of Veterans For Peace, says, “many more innocent civilians die in war than soldiers. That is the message that Veterans For Peace would like people to think about on Memorial Day.” He continues, "We have been taught that the purpose of Memorial Day is to remember fallen service members. Veterans For Peace is here to tell the nation that the number of innocent civilians who die in war far outnumbers the combatants. It would be immoral to only remember those who fought and died in war and not pay respect to those who are victims.” He says that the best way to remember both would be to abolish war. Thanks to VFP for another bold and generous effort for peace!
New U.S. Military Base in Colombia
Would Let U.S. Attack Anywhere in Latin America.
The national FOR issued this press release on May 18, 2009. It can be found at http://tinyurl.com/usmilitarybaseincolombia or on FOR's blog, www.forpeace.net
The U.S. wants to build a new military base in Colombia that would make it easier for the U.S. to attack almost anywhere in Latin America. This is especially threatening, now that so many Latin American voters are electing leaders who want to end U.S. domination of their region. The reported “mission creed” goes beyond the U.S.’s militarized “drug war” and is continuing now during the Obama administration.
Trade Agreements Enflame the
The global “free trade” agreements that the U.S. and some of the other capitalist countries have been promoting are making the world’s economic crisis worse, according to Ruth Caplan’s article in the Spring 2009 “Justice Rising” magazine of the Alliance for Democracy. The “free trade” assumption is that “if money is allowed to flow without restriction, then it will go to the most economically efficient use,” she writes. However, the money goes instead to wherever it will make the most profits – and without restrictions that would prevent this money from hurting people and the environment. A succession of “free trade’ agreements and deregulations (e.g., the U.S.’s repeal in 1999 of the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933, let giant banks and other financial companies get themselves into trouble worldwide.
New Efforts to Reduce Nuclear
Weapons to “Zero” – and Other Articles for Peace
The Center for Defense information is a highly credible longtime organization of experts, including high-level retired military persons, who believe U.S. militarism has gone too far at too much cost and with too much risk for world peace. They publish The Defense Monitor, which is full of authoritative articles on these topics. The April-May-June 2009 issue, for example, has an article urging the abolition of nuclear weapons through the “Global Zero” campaign, another article on the same topic(“The Moment for Eliminating Nuclear Weapons is Now”), an article opposing the Pentagon’s pork-barrel spending, and an article arguing that we could help the U.S. economy by reducing military spending.
The Center Cannot Hold: Rekindling
the Radical Imagination by Noam Chomsky
For the radical imagination to be rekindled and to lead the way out of this desert what is needed is people who will work to sweep away the mists of carefully contrived illusion and reveal the stark reality, and to be directly engaged in popular struggles that they sometimes help galvanize.
The Downward Slope of Empire by Harry Kreisler in
--Harry Kreisler’s interview with Chalmers Johnson is taken from his new book Political Awakenings, published in 2010 by the New Press.
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