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 Peace News: What do I do about the mice? (A pacifist’s quandary)


What do I do about the mice? (A pacifist’s quandary)

by: Gary Lindorff

It was late,
In the middle of the second half of the night.
We were asleep.
The mice were not.
They sleep during the day.

They were very busy gnawing
on something in the wall.
It is the kind of sound
That gets to you,
It feels like it’s inside you

Like a trespass.
The breaking of a commandment.
The kiss-off of a “thou shalt not”.
And my wife was not taking it.
She was incredibly awake.

Posted by Blue1moon on Tuesday, December 27 @ 18:52:34 EST (1958 reads)
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 Peace News: The Golden Rule’s Resurgence

History / Culture
A dedicated group of volunteers is making the original peace boat seaworthy again.

By Arnold Oliver

Back in the 1950s, the U.S. military made the Marshall Islands the primary site for its nuclear weapons testing. As you might expect, those tests in the middle of the Pacific Ocean wreaked havoc on the environment and human health. In 1958, a Quaker-inspired voyage of nonviolent protest set out from California for the Marshall Islands in a little sailing ketch called the Golden Rule to do something about it.

The Golden Rule and its crew never made it to their intended destination. The Coast Guard stopped the vessel in Hawaii and arrested everybody on board. But the publicity surrounding the crew’s trial and imprisonment helped ignite worldwide public outrage against atmospheric tests.

By 1963, the United States, the Soviet Union, and the United Kingdom signed the Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. The pact banned nuclear tests in the atmosphere, underwater, and outer space. No nuclear tests took place in the Marshall Islands after 1958.

The Golden Rule was the forebear of all the peace and environmental protest boats that followed, from the Sea Shepherds to Free Gaza. The connection to Greenpeace is direct. ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Monday, June 23 @ 18:18:11 EDT (1995 reads)
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 Peace News: Spinning our Wheels for Peace & Justice

Action AlertCindy Sheehan's Soapbox

Literally and Figuratively Spinning our Wheels for Peace

There are millions of mothers mourning the deaths of children today (and every day) ten years after Shocking and Awful.

Some of the mothers on the American "side" take false comfort in the lie that the war was justified and view their sons or daughters as “heroes” who died “keeping America safe” or some crap like that.

However, there are a few of us who know the facts: the war was “justified” by lies and fought for profit and control of resources and our kids are lying in permanent graves for temporary and temporal gain.

So, what’s happening now? Obama is president, the wars are over, our troops are home, Iraq is rebuilt and peaceful, and the oceans have stopped rising, George and Dick have been held accountable? Actually, none of these things are true, yet we see few people out protesting anymore.

There has been some good energy around the case of Pvt. Bradley Manning and his persecution by the Obama regime. Of course, Manning in being persecuted for exposing the lies, yet Dick and George are still playing footsies with the 1%, as they are foot loose and fancy free. Opposition to drone warfare is up, with little recognition that Obama has increased that program profoundly since he’s been in office. ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Monday, April 01 @ 19:32:50 EDT (2800 reads)
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 Peace News: The Christian God Cannot Be or Tolerate Violence

SpiritualityBy Howard Bess

If God is love, God cannot be violent nor can God tolerate violence. Jesus was a non-violent, loving people’s rabbi. He was never violent in action, nor do we find endorsement of violence in his teachings.

There are far-reaching changes that are taking place in Christian churches. Older churches and denominations are shrinking, and new expressions of Christian Faith are popping up at a dizzying pace. The changes that are taking place are not a matter of speculation. The upheaval is confirmed with hard numbers produced by professional researchers. The changes that are taking place are numerous, varied and undefined. The future shape of the changes cannot be defined. Our understanding of Christianity and what it means to be a Christian is up for grabs.

All theological discussions are contextual. The present upheaval in Christian churches cannot be divorced from a younger American population that is weary of war on the world scene, weary of violence in our American communities, and outraged at the violence that is taking place in our homes. For many violence has become unacceptable. ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Thursday, March 07 @ 20:32:45 EST (1767 reads)
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 Peace News: Why An Ex-Marine Turns Pacifist

History / Culture
An Ex-Marine Turned Pacifist Now One of the "Hancock 33"

By Sherwood Ross

It’s been a long journey for Russell Brown, 65, from the days when he fought with the Fourth Marines in Viet Nam, to becoming one of the “Hancock 33” protesters against drone warfare. Last April 22, he was arrested walking en route to Hancock Air Force Base, just outside of Syracuse, N.Y., where General Atomics-made MQ-9 Reapers, the deadly unmanned aerial vehicles(UAV) that fire Hellfire missiles, dot the runway. The protesters would have liked to serve an indictment for war crimes on the base commander and President Obama, et al, and to reach Hancock’s 2,000 employees with their pacifist message, but the authorities were not going to have any of that.

Onondaga County sheriffs stopped them and told them they were all under arrest. “They said we were marching or parading without a permit,” Brown says. “Eventually they offered most of us an opportunity to sign a waiver agreeing to not sue them for false arrest. I believe two people signed, 33 remained arrested. Then they stopped arresting any more people.” The protesters were halted while walking in a long, thin line toward the base, Brown says, and were not obstructing traffic. (“It was a real violation of the First Amendment.”) Brown adds, the U.S. Government likes to try the pacifists before a judge so that “juries don’t learn the U.S. is committing war crimes.” ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Tuesday, May 22 @ 18:53:09 EDT (1006 reads)
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 Peace News: Sat. 2/4 - Nat'l Day of Action: No War on Iran! Protest in Boston

Action Alert
Action initiated by: the Occupy Boston Action for Peace Working Group

Sat., Feb. 4 National Day of Action:
No Sanctions, No War Against Iran!

Boston Protest: Sat. 2/4 at 1:00PM
Gather at Park St., March to the Israeli Consulate & Copley Square

Click here to download a leaflet and important fact sheet issued by the ANSWER Coalition

The U.S.-led campaign to bring about regime change is escalating. The EuropeanUnion announced a complete embargo of Iranian oil. Taken together with the other economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. and its allies, this is a campaign meant to impose maximum suffering on the people of Iran by destabilizing and destroying the country’s economy. At the same time, covert action inside the country, including assassinations, sabotage and drone over flights, is intensifying. U.S. military bases surround Iran, while nuclear-armed U.S. aircraft carriers and Trident submarines sit right off its cost. ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Monday, January 30 @ 18:30:45 EST (573 reads)
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 Peace News: What Kind of Christianity Is This?

SpiritualityBy Gary G. Kohls

From time to time, I read about condemnations of religion coming from non-religious groups, especially concerning the all-too-common violence perpetrated in the name of religious gods. Indeed there is plenty to condemn.

Altogether too many religions sects of both major and minor religions, despite verbally professing a desire for peace and justice in the world, are actually pro-war, pro-homicide and pro-violence in practice (or they may be silent on the subject, which is, according to moral theology, the same as being pro-violence).

Obvious examples include those portions of the three major war-justifying religions of the world: fundamentalist Islam, fundamentalist Judaism and fundamentalist Christianity.

I use the term fundamentalist in the sense that the religious person, who ascribes to a fundamentalist point of view, believes, among other dogmatic belief, that their scriptures are inerrant and thus they can find passages in their holy books that justify homicidal violence against their perceived or fingered enemies, while simultaneously ignoring the numerous contradictory passages that forbid violence and homicide and instead prescribe love, hospitality, mercy, forgiveness and reconciliation. ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Wednesday, January 25 @ 19:52:44 EST (898 reads)
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 Peace News: We Don't Need No Stinkin' Press Passes

The Newsby: John Grant

“The First Amendment right to gather news is, as the Court has often noted, not one that inures solely to the benefit of the news media; rather, the public’s right of access to information is coextensive with that of the press.”- United States Court of Appeals For the First Circuit, August 26, 2011

I spent a day in Freedom Plaza, a triangle of concrete adjacent to several high-end hotels with shiny black Mercedes limos out front three blocks from the White House. It's Washington DC’s entry in the Occupy America phenomenon.

I came wearing two hats. One, I’m a Vietnam veteran member of Veterans For Peace who has actively worked for over a decade against our bankrupting wars. And, two, I’m an experienced journalist with a master’s degree who works in both images and words. I won’t take a back seat to anyone in what is known as the Main Stream Media.

The crowd of maybe 700 people occupying Freedom Plaza was fired up. The focus of the occupation was on the wars and the “one percenters” at the top of the economic heap in America who control our lives more and more as they pursue more and more “free market” profiteering.

This monster of greed has always existed in history, but this latest binge was unleashed by a hack Hollywood actor who became President of the United States 30 years ago. Everything has been deregulated and the ruthless financial reapings by this class led to a progression of bursting bubbles, an economic meltdown and a subsequent tax-payer bubble in the form of massive bailouts. ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Sunday, October 09 @ 20:10:12 EDT (1477 reads)
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 Peace News: Blocking Palestinian Statehood

InternationalBy Chris Toensing

When President Barack Obama addressed the UN General Assembly in September 2010, he sounded hopeful that by the following year there would be "an agreement that will lead to a new member of the United Nations — an independent, sovereign state of Palestine, living in peace with Israel." Sure enough, in September 2011, the Palestinians asked the UN Security Council to recognize a state of Palestine — but Obama ordered the U.S. delegate to veto the request. What gives?

How can he support Palestinian statehood in 2010 and reject it a year later? It's a horrible embarrassment, to say the least, to the United States, which has historically championed the right of self-determination. The Obama administration looks particularly bad, having spent so much diplomatic energy throughout this season of Arab pro-democracy uprisings pledging to realign U.S. interests in the Middle East with American values of freedom, justice, and dignity.

The White House's defense is lawyerly. Obama envisioned that Palestinian statehood would come about through negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel, overseen by the United States. ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Thursday, September 29 @ 20:58:37 EDT (584 reads)
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 Peace News: 10 Years Too Many!

Action Alert
UFPJ announces a Fall Campaign of Resistance and Renewal

From: United For Peace & Justice (unitedforpeace.org)

From the World Trade Towers to Afghanistan
Honor Those Who Have Sacrificed and Take Action to
Stop War and Build a Just World!

September 7 – October 15, 2011: Decade of War Awareness Month in communities near you! October 6 -7, 2011 Washington DC-- Education and Action to Stop War and Build a Just World!

September 11, 2011 marks 10th anniversary of the attacks against the World Trade Center Towers, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93 which led to the disastrous Global War on Terror. October 7, 2011 will mark the tenth year of war and occupation in Afghanistan that have left hundreds of thousands dead and injured while bankrupting our nation. The violence of these wars can be seen daily in decimated homes, sky-high suicide rates, communities starved of critically needed resources and a radically changing environment. ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Friday, August 19 @ 19:49:04 EDT (803 reads)
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 Peace News: Obama Veto of Peace Process Resolution Rejects International Law

Internationalby: Stephen Zunes, t r u t h o u t | News Analysis

The US veto of a mildly worded United Nations Security Council resolution supporting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and reiterating the illegality of Israeli settlements in occupied territories leaves little doubt that, in certain critical respects, President Barack Obama shares his predecessor's contempt for international law. All fourteen of the other members of the Security Council voted for the resolution - which was cosponsored by a nearly unprecedented majority of UN members - not only situating the United States as an extreme outlier in the international community, but placing President Obama to the right of the conservative governments of Great Britain and France.

The draft resolution Obama found so objectionable called on both Israelis and Palestinians to act on the basis of international law, other obligations and previous agreements; to help advance the peace process through confidence-building measures and continued negotiations on final status issues; and for regional actors and the international community to support the peace process. The resolution specifically reaffirmed previous UN Security Council resolutions acknowledging that Israeli settlements on Palestinian lands occupied since the June 1967 war are illegal and constitute a major obstacle to peace. Unlike these previous resolutions, however, which called on Israel to withdraw from already existing settlements, this resolution simply insisted that Israel cease additional settlement activity in Palestinian areas.

Even this was still too much for President Obama, however, who had UN ambassador Susan Rice cast the first veto of his administration. ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Tuesday, March 22 @ 18:17:18 EDT (748 reads)
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 Peace News: Celebrate and Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this January

HolidaysFrom: United for Peace & Justice

This January 17th our nation will celebrate the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of the most visionary civil rights leaders and nonviolence practitioners in history, who offered a moral compass to guide our way toward peace and justice. Dr. King understood that an injustice anywhere was an injustice everywhere. He believed in raising all boats and was willing to put his life on the line to protect the most vulnerable among us. He knew that speaking out on critical issues -- like war, racism and poverty – was an obligation for any person of conscience.

While Dr. King is officially remembered for his groundbreaking civil rights leadership, he was also an outspoken critic of the Vietnam War and U.S. foreign policy. King was criticized for speaking out against the war. He was told that he should tend to the concerns of Black people and civil rights, and that the war was not his purview. Other civil rights leaders began to distance themselves from him, but he was not deterred. In a letter to Southern Christian Leadership Conference members who withdrew their support Dr. King clarified his opposition to the war.

I am sorry that my recent speeches on Vietnam has cost us your support. However, I feel that war is no longer, if it ever was, a valid way to solve international problems. Even the negative good served by a war against an evil force such as Hitler can no longer be considered worth the costly risk to mankind, for the ultimate weapons of today mean only the destruction of mankind. Man can no longer afford war. We must find a non-violent way to settle the problems of the world. (Read the full letter here) ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Wednesday, January 12 @ 17:12:44 EST (1114 reads)
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 Peace News: The FBI Got its Groove Back

History / CultureThe agency has found a new demon to purge as it knocks down your door.

By William A. Collins

Can mean your doom;
Feds come to,
Your living room.

Most likely, you're too young to remember J. Edgar Hoover. He led the FBI in the 1940s and '50s. Badly. He was the Establishment's enforcer. Liberals lived in fear of appearing on his "list." Mere suspicion of leftist thought could lead to an interrogation and potential job loss. The media and film industries were purged of many supposedly wrong-thinking Americans.

As a teen back then, I opined in class that the U.S. ought to recognize (Red) China. My ashen teacher came up asking where I had gotten such an idea. She knew, as I didn't, that her job could be endangered. When Hoover did leave, they built a monstrous FBI headquarters named for him and persecution of liberals died down. The Soviet Union's demise helped, too.

But now the FBI has its groove back, thanks to 9/11. ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Saturday, November 27 @ 13:25:28 EST (771 reads)
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 Peace News: Interview With Rep. Dennis Kucinich

Interviewsby: Maya Schenwar, Executive Director, t r u t h o u t
Truthout Exclusive | Interview

Almost nine years into longest war in US history, at a time when the US spends more on its military budget than the rest of the world combined and endless war seems a frighteningly realistic possibility, I spoke with Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), a long-time advocate for peace. Kucinich reminds us that there is another way: that through unity, persistence and a deeply necessary change in mindset, we can move toward a world in which mutual respect and global connections shape foreign policy, and the self-fulfilling prophecy of war loses its tragic momentum. He challenges us to imagine a world in which "peace is inevitable."

Maya Schenwar: Since the end of formal combat operations in Iraq, you've been speaking out against the continuing presence of US troops and increasing presence of American mercenaries there. How do you respond to those who say the continued presence is necessary for security reasons?

Dennis Kucinich: America's invasion of Iraq has made us less secure. Before the entire world we invaded a country that did not attack us - that had no intention or capability of attacking us - and that, famously, did not have weapons of mass destruction. The subsequent occupation has fueled an insurgency, and as long as we have troops there, the insurgency will remain quite alive. ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Monday, September 20 @ 22:01:25 EDT (918 reads)
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 Peace News: Trying to Be Hopeful About Peace

Internationalby: Dr. James J. Zogby, t r u t h o u t | Op-Ed

A few years back when Washington was preparing for the then highly- touted Annapolis Peace Conference, I remember commenting that I was "hopeful, but not optimistic." As we approach the latest incarnation of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, I'm even finding it difficult to be hopeful, though I will continue try to be supportive recognizing, as I do, the consequences of failure.

Convening these talks at this time is certainly a gutsy move for President Barack Obama. Knowing that the odds of success are slim and the costs of yet another let down are great, one can only hope that the president and his seasoned and accomplished team (including Secretary of State Clinton and Special Envoy George J. Mitchell) have a trick or two up their sleeves, ready to play at the appropriate moment. But we've been down this road too many times, under far better circumstances, to easily give oneself over to the notion that this time surely will be different.

To begin with, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, while insisting that these talks occur without preconditions, has clearly defined enough conditions of his own (though being "too clever by half" by terming them "priorities"). His insistence, for example, that Palestinians recognize Israel as a "Jewish State," while viewed an innocent "no-brainer" to most Americans, is an especially loaded term for Arabs. Acceptance of this, unless carefully defined, permanently disenfranchises the 20 percent of Israel's population who are Palestinian Arabs. It is also intended to rule out any repatriation for Palestinian refugees whose "right to return to their homes" is considered an "existential threat to the Jewish State." ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Thursday, September 02 @ 17:22:28 EDT (624 reads)
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