US Attends, then Defies Conference on Nuclear Weapons Effects & Abolition

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JohnLaForge
“VIENNA, Austria—A pair of conferences here Dec. 6-9 have tried to raise public and government awareness of nuclear weapons.

The first, a Civil Society Forum put on by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, ICAN, brought together NGOs, parliamentarians, and activists of all stripes to try and boost morale and renew enthusiasm in efforts to ban the bomb.”

Author: John LaForge
Published in: World Beyond War http://worldbeyondwar.org/us-attends-defies-conference-nuclear-weapons-effects-abolition/, Huntington News http://www.huntingtonnews.net/103044, Truth Out http://www.truth-out.org/speakout/item/28047-us-attends-then-defies-conference-on-nuclear-weapons-effects-and-abolition, Counter Punch http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/12/15/us-attends-then-defies-conference-on-nuclear-weapons-effects-abolition/, War is a Crime http://warisacrime.org/content/us-attends-then-defies-conference-nuclear-weapons-effects-abolition, Las Vegas Informer http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2014/12/15/us-attends-defies-conference-nuclear-weapons-effects-abolition/, The Portland Alliance http://www.theportlandalliance.org/peacevoice/
Date: December 14,15,16,2014

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The $7 Million University President

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LawrenceWittner
“In a recent article about Shirley Jackson, the president since 1999 of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)–a private university located in Troy, New York–the Chronicle of Higher Education revealed that, in 2012 (the latest year for which statistics are available), she received over $7 million from that institution. Like many modern campus administrators, President Jackson was also given a large mansion, first class air travel, and a chauffeured luxury car to transport her around the campus.”

Author: Lawrence S. Wittner
Published in: Counter Punch http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/12/15/the-7-million-university-president/, Huntington News http://www.huntingtonnews.net/102989, Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lawrence-wittner/the-7-million-university-_b_6323188.html, Las Vegas Informer http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2014/12/15/7-million-university-president/, Grassroots Press http://www.grass-roots-press.com/2014/12/14/the-7-million-university-president/
Date: December 12,14,15,2014

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Drones and Discrimination: Kick the Habit

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KathyKelly
“On December 10, International Human Rights Day, federal Magistrate Matt Whitworth sentenced me to three months in prison for having crossed the line at a military base that wages drone warfare. The punishment for our attempt to speak on behalf of trapped and desperate people, abroad, will be an opportunity to speak with people trapped by prisons and impoverishment here in the U.S.”

Author: Kathy Kelly
Published in: Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kathy-kelly/drones-and-discrimination_b_6315190.html?utm_hp_ref=politics&ir=Politics, Veterans for Peace http://www.veteransforpeace.org/who-we-are/member-highlights/2014/12/12/drones-and-discrimination-kick-habit, Voices for Creative Nonviolence http://vcnv.org/drones-and-discrimination-kick-the-habit, Grassroots Press http://www.grass-roots-press.com/2014/12/11/drones-and-discrimination-kick-the-habit/, The Palestine Chronicle http://www.palestinechronicle.com/drones-and-discrimination-kick-the-habit/#.VI8zZnuD2Ak, World Beyond War http://worldbeyondwar.org/drones-discrimination-kick-habit/, ZNet https://zcomm.org/znetarticle/drones-and-discrimination-kick-the-habit/, Nigeria Technology http://nigeriatechnology.com/drones-and-discrimination-kick-the-habit/, The Nuclear Resister http://www.nukeresister.org/2014/12/11/drones-and-discrimination-kick-the-habit/, Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/12/protesting-us-drone-strikes-prosecutor-told-judge-i-must-be-rehabilitated, Portside http://portside.org/2014-12-13/drones-and-discrimination-kick-habit, Tele Sur http://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/Drones-and-Discrimination-Kick-the-Habit-20141213-0021.html, War is a Crime http://warisacrime.org/content/drones-and-discrimination-kick-habit, Counter Punch http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/12/12/drones-and-discrimination-2/, MRZine http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2014/kelly111214.html, Center for Research on Globalization http://www.globalresearch.ca/for-protesting-us-drone-strikes-prosecutor-told-judge-i-must-be-rehabilitated/5419439, Las Vegas Informer http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2014/12/15/drones-discrimination-kick-habit/, Muscatine Journal http://muscatinejournal.com/news/opinion/columns/iron-bars-don-t-rehabilitate/article_007f8947-ca92-551b-806b-132d35cca98b.html, Gilmer Free Press http://www.gilmerfreepress.net/index.php/site/drones_and_discrimination_kick_the_habit/
Date: December 11,12,13,15,2014

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Luck is not a security policy

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robert_dodge
“Next week we hope to see the beginning of the end.

We live under the constant threat every moment of every day of nuclear annihilation. The existence of 16,300 nuclear weapons on the planet places our very survival in great peril. Whether by plan or accident a nuclear attack has no meaningful medical or humanitarian response. As chronicled by Eric Schlosser in his book “Command and Control,” the number of times we have come close to nuclear disaster is mind boggling and it is a matter of sheer luck that we have not experienced a nuclear catastrophe. Luck is not a security policy and ultimately will run out unless we change our thinking and work to abolish nuclear weapons entirely.”

Author: Robert F. Dodge, M.D.
Published in: Battle Crek Enquirer http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/story/opinion/columnists/2014/12/07/lead-on-nuclear-weapons/20049589/, Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/07/opportunity-lead-threat-nuclear-weapons, Gilmer Free Press http://www.gilmerfreepress.net/index.php/site/luck_is_not_a_security_policy/, Sierra County Prospect http://www.sierracountyprospect.org/category/guest-columnists/robert-dodge/, Herald Independent http://www.heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/150853555/Luck-is-not-a-security-policy, Las Vegas Informer http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2014/12/14/luck-security-policy/, Truth Out http://truth-out.org/speakout/item/27959-luck-is-not-a-security-policy
Date: December 7,10,11,13,2014

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Beyond Ferguson: the Deeper Issue

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“It can only be a good thing that the attention of the nation is focused on the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, and its aftermath. However, if the debate continues to be on the details of this particular case – many of which will likely never be known – or even on the growing problem of police heavy-handedness, or even the besetting problem of racism in America, we will never reach a solution to these tragedies.”

Author: Michael N. Nagler
Published in: Counter Punch http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/12/05/beyond-ferguson/, Huntington News http://www.huntingtonnews.net/102376, Grass Roots Press http://www.grass-roots-press.com/index.php?s=nagler, The Records http://www.troyrecord.com/opinion/20141206/another-view-beyond-ferguson-the-deeper-issue, Sincerelyours: Englisg Easier Blog http://sincerelyours2.blogspot.com/2014/12/beyond-ferguson.html, The Altus Times http://www.myvirtualpaper.com/doc/altus_times/newspaper/2014120701/9.html#8, Las Vegas Informer http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2014/12/14/beyond-ferguson-deeper-issue/, The Gilmer Free Press http://www.gilmerfreepress.net/index.php/site/beyond_ferguson_the_deeper_issue/, Truth Out http://truth-out.org/speakout/item/27904-beyond-ferguson-the-deeper-issue
Date: December 4,5,6,7,9,12,14,2014

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