Nuclear Weapons Proliferation – Made in the USA

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JohnLaForge
“The United States is perhaps the principal nuclear weapons proliferator in the world today, openly flouting binding provisions of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). Article I of the treaty forbids signers from transferring nuclear weapons to other states, and Article II prohibits signers from receiving nuclear weapons from other states.
As the UN Review Conference of the NPT was finishing its month-long deliberations in New York last week, the US delegation distracted attention from its own violations using its standard red herring warnings about Iran and North Korea — the former without a single nuclear weapon, and the latter with 8-to-10 (according to those reliable weapons spotters at the CIA) but with no means of delivering them.”

Author: John LaForge
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A Nuclear Weapons Ban Emerging

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robert_dodge
“Every moment of every day, all of humanity is held hostage by the nuclear nine. The nine nuclear nations are made up of the P5 permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and their illegitimate nuclear wannabes Israel, North Korea, India and Pakistan, spawned by the mythological theory of deterrence. This theory has fueled the nuclear arms race since its inception wherein if one nation has one nuclear weapon, its adversary needs two and so on to the point that the world now has 15,700 nuclear weapons wired for immediate use and planetary destruction with no end in sight. This inaction continues despite the 45-year legal commitment of the nuclear nations to work toward complete nuclear abolition. In fact just the opposite is happening with the U.S. proposing to spend $1 Trillion on nuclear weapons “modernization” over the next 30 years, fueling the “deterrent” response of every other nuclear state to do likewise.”

Author: Robert F. Dodge, M.D.
Published in: Truth Out http://www.truth-out.org/speakout/item/30986-a-nuclear-weapons-ban-emerging
Date: May 26,2015

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The Vietnam War: After 40 Years

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LawrenceWittner
“Today, 40 years after the American war in Vietnam ended in ignominious defeat, the traces of that terrible conflict are disappearing.

Traveling through Vietnam during the latter half of April 2015 with a group of erstwhile antiwar activists, I was struck by the transformation of what was once an impoverished, war-devastated peasant society into a modern nation. Its cities and towns are bustling with life and energy. Vast numbers of motorbikes surge through their streets, including 4.2 million in Hanoi and 7 million in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). A thriving commercial culture has emerged, based not only on many small shops, but on an influx of giant Western, Japanese, and other corporations. Although Vietnam is officially a Communist nation, about 40 percent of the economy is capitalist, and the government is making great efforts to encourage private foreign investment. Indeed, over the past decade, Vietnam has enjoyed one of the highest economic growth rates in the world. Not only have manufacturing and tourism expanded dramatically, but Vietnam has become an agricultural powerhouse. Today it is the world’s second largest exporter of rice, and one of the world’s leading exporters of coffee, pepper, rubber, and other agricultural commodities. Another factor distancing the country from what the Vietnamese call “the American War” is the rapid increase in Vietnam’s population. Only 41 million in 1975, it now tops 90 million, with most of it under the age of 30 — too young to have any direct experience with the conflict.”

Author: Lawrence S. Wittner
Published in: Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lawrence-wittner/the-vietnam-war-after-40-_b_7308128.html
Counterpunch http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/05/18/the-vietnam-war-after-40-years/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-vietnam-war-after-40-years
The Daily Journalist http://thedailyjournalist.com/author/thecompanysecret19/
Daily Kos http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/05/18/1385670/-The-Vietnam-War-After-40-Years#
Sierra County Prospect http://www.sierracountyprospect.org/2015/05/19/misery-starvation-52015/
z Blogs https://zcomm.org/zblogs/the-vietnam-war-after-40-years/
History News Network http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/159341
Date: May 17,18,19,2015

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Nuclear Weapons Protesters’ Sabotage Conviction Overturned — Court Says Jury Verdict Was Not Rational

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JohnLaForge
“An Appeals Court has vacated the sabotage convictions of peace activists Greg-Boertje-Obed, of Duluth, Min., and his co-defendants Michael Walli of Washington, DC, and Sr. Megan Rice of New York City. The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals found that federal prosecutors failed to prove — and that “no rational jury could find” — that the three had intended to damage “national defense.”
In July 2012, Greg, Michael and Megan clipped through four fences and walked right up to the “Fort Knox” of weapons-grade uranium, the Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility inside the Y-12 complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Uranium processed there puts the “H” in our H-bombs. With three hours before they were spotted, the nuclear weapons abolitionists painted “Woe to an Empire of Blood” and other slogans on several structures, strung banners, and celebrated their luck in catching the nuclear weapons system asleep at the wheel. When a guard finally confronted them, they offered him some bread.”

Author: John LaForge
Published in: Las Vegas Informer http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2015/05/11/nuclear-weapons-protesters-sabotage-conviction-overturned/
War is a crime http://warisacrime.org/content/nuclear-weapons-protesters%E2%80%99-sabotage-conviction-overturned-court-says-jury-verdict-was-not-r
World Beyond War http://worldbeyondwar.org/nuclear-weapons-protesters-sabotage-conviction-overturned-court-says-jury-verdict-was-not-rational/
Counterpunch http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/05/12/nuclear-weapons-protesters-sabotage-conviction-overturned/
Sierra County Prospect http://www.sierracountyprospect.org/2015/05/13/verdict-not-rational-51315/
Grassroots Press http://www.grass-roots-press.com/2015/05/14/nuclear-weapons-protesters-sabotage-conviction-overturned-court-says-jury-verdict-was-not-rational/
South Coast Today http://www.southcoasttoday.com/article/20150513/OPINION/150519772/0/SEARCH
The Peace Worker http://peaceworker.org/2015/05/nuclear-weapons-protesters-sabotage-conviction-overturned-court-says-jury-verdict-was-not-rational/?utm_source=May+18%2C+2015+PeaceWorker+Articles&utm_campaign=This+Week%27s+PeaceWorker+Articles&utm_medium=email

Date: May 11,13,14,2015

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Iran Nuclear Talks. A fresh tone in Washington with a breath of Oregon

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patrick_hiller1
“It is easy to be a cynic listening to some of the more nonsensical chatter coming out of Congress. Despite the most comprehensive international agreement between the United States and its P5+1 partners (the members of the UN Security Council and Germany) with Iran on its nuclear program, the calls to bomb Iran are still too loud for them to be dismissed. In a less publicized speech last week, informed leadership by Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley points to a simple yet powerful truth: diplomacy works. Merkley argued, without dismissing the absolute need to prevent an Iranian nuclear weapons program, that the most effective strategy to achieve this outcome is a verifiable, negotiated process. Almost simultaneously, 150 House Democrats wrote a letter supporting the administration’s negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, urging the exhaustion of every avenue toward a verifiable, enforceable diplomatic solution in order to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran.
This is more than just Congressional politics and debate. We are experiencing a shift in the larger debate about the effectiveness of diplomacy versus war. We are more secure through diplomacy and negotiated agreements, because they are superior to military intervention and war. Therefore it is crucial that diplomatic efforts continue and that we disregard military options which are guaranteed failures in the short and long-term.”

Author: Patrick T. Hiller
Published in: Las Vegas Informer http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2015/05/11/iran-nuclear-talks-fresh-tone-washington-breath-oregon/
War is a crime http://warisacrime.org/content/iran-nuclear-talks-fresh-tone-washington-breath-oregon
Counterpunch http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/05/12/iran-nuclear-talks-2/
Huntington News http://www.huntingtonnews.net/113355
LaGrange Daily News http://www.lagrangenews.com/news/opinion/153441112/A-fresh-tone-in-Washington-with-a-breath-of-Oregon
Rotarian Action Group for Peace http://rotarianactiongroupforpeace.org/2015/05/12/iran-nuclear-talks-a-fresh-tone-in-washington-with-a-breath-of-oregon/
Pagosa Daily Post http://pagosadailypost.com/2015/05/12/opinion-another-perspective-on-the-iran-nuclear-talks/
Newberry Observer http://www.newberryobserver.com/news/opinion/153441112/A-fresh-tone-in-Washington-with-a-breath-of-Oregon
Sierra County Prospect http://www.sierracountyprospect.org/2015/05/13/breath-of-oregon-51315/
Gilmer Free Press http://www.gilmerfreepress.net/index.php/fpopin/iran_nuclear_talks._a_fresh_tone_in_washington_with_a_breath_of_oregon/
The Peace Worker http://peaceworker.org/2015/05/iran-nuclear-talks-a-fresh-tone-in-washington-with-a-breath-of-oregon/?utm_source=May+25%2C+2015+PeaceWorker+Articles&utm_campaign=This+Week%27s+PeaceWorker+Articles&utm_medium=email
Date: May 11,12,13,16,18,2015

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