Vonnegut on Nagasaki: “The most racist, nastiest act by this country, after human slavery”

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““The rights and wrongs of Hiroshima are debatable,” Telford Taylor, the chief prosecutor at Nuremberg, once said, “but I have never heard a plausible justification of Nagasaki” — which he labeled a war crime.”

Author: John LaForge
Published in: Sierra County Prospect http://www.sierracountyprospect.org/category/guest-columnists/john-laforge/, Huntington News http://www.huntingtonnews.net/92552, Counter Punch http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/08/07/vonnegut-on-nagasaki/, Coyote Prime Blog http://coyoteprime-runningcauseicantfly.blogspot.de/
Date: August 6,2014

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Political Will is the Obstacle to Israeli-Palestinian Peace

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“One of the cardinal lessons of international conflict resolution is that two warring parties will not be interested in a peaceful settlement if they believe continuing to fight is worth more than negotiating.”

Author: Mel Gurtov
Published in: Las Vegas Informer http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2014/08/06/political-will-obstacle-israeli-palestinian-peace-2/, Sierra County Prospect http://www.sierracountyprospect.org/2014/08/06/safe-terrain-8614/, The Paris Post-Intelligencer http://www.parispi.net/opinion/columns/article_62104d28-1d83-11e4-8b53-001a4bcf887a.html?mode=jqm
Date: August 6,2014

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Our Education Crisis: American Children Afraid to Learn

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““Why are you [reading] so much?” “Why are you speaking so properly?”
On July 27th, at a town hall in Washington D.C., President Obama illuminated these questions—questions he often hears from youth in predominately black neighborhoods where some children are afraid to learn. Yes, afraid. This fear is brought on by the taunting many well-educated black individuals receive because their peers believe that being well read and articulate constitutes “acting white.””

Author: Jeanine Russaw
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Apathy or Genocide for Gaza? Citizens Say, ‘Enough!’

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““Does this war make me look fat?” That’s the question on Rachel Weinstein’s mind according to her August 3, 2014 blog for The Times of Israel. Al-Jazeera stopped naming deaths of Palestinians and Israelis after July 24th, “given the volume and speed at which casualties were reported by Gaza health authorities.” Three fatal Israeli military strikes have damaged or nearly damaged UN schools while killing numerous Palestinian civilians seeking refuge. The families of 64 IDF soldiers mourn their lost loved ones. Yet, Rachel Weinstein is worried about whether or not she and her friends are eating too much chocolate. The struggle is real, as they say. If Weinstein is a dipstick for Israeli political involvement, this is very, very bad for peace.”

Author: Erin Niemela
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An Eye for an Eye (or 25:1) is our Policy, Mr. President?

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“The crisis in Gaza is horrific and the conflict between Israel and Palestine is ongoing. Yet the latest killings seem to be so heinous and out of proportion that the US must consider our part in this. The dominant media narrative is that Hamas kidnapped and killed three Israeli settlers and for that reason, people in the Gaza Strip must be punished. The not-so-mainstream narrative is that there was no proof that the kidnappings and/or killings were instigated by Hamas, who has denied involvement, when the bombing began.”

Author: Ellen Lindeen
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