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Peace on Earth – 2015

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“At the beginning of each new year people around the world express their hopes and desires for seemingly elusive peace on earth. In the past year there have been many strides toward that goal. The greatest threat to peace and our survival, nuclear weapons, are at long last on the road to abolition. The people have spoken and leaders have heard. This new year we must recommit to the steps necessary to make this a reality.”

Author: Robert F. Dodge, M.D.
Published in: Truth Out http://www.truth-out.org/speakout/item/28324-peace-on-earth-2015, The Cap Times http://host.madison.com/ct/news/opinion/column/robert-f-dodge-recommit-to-ending-nuclear-weapons-in/article_65200269-acab-5fd2-aded-2ae57538a92c.html, Las Vegas Informer http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2014/12/31/peace-earth-2015/, The Sierra County Prospect http://www.sierracountyprospect.org/2014/12/30/peace-on-earth-123114/, Counter Punch http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/12/31/peace-on-earth-in-2015/, Citizens for Peaceful Resolution http://www.c-p-r.net/2014/10/in-2015-let-there-be-peace-on-earth/, Herald Independent http://www.heraldindependent.com/news/editorial/151066694/Peace-on-Earth–2015, Daily Outlook Afghanistan http://www.outlookafghanistan.net/editorialdetail.php?post_id=11449, Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/01/01/2015-let-there-be-peace-earth, VCstar http://www.vcstar.com/opinion/columnists/robert-dodge-mission-in-2015-is-peace-on-earth_02458399, The News http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-9-293962-Let-there-be-peace, The Times of Earth http://www.timesofearth.com/features-views-analysis/peace-on-earth-2015.html
Date: December 30,31, January 1,2,3,4,2015

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Shoot down the stupid Second Amendment

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TomH
“What country fetishizes, lionizes, valorizes, idolizes, and sacralizes guns as much as does our United States? OK, possibly Mozambique–the only country with an AK47 on its flag, but really, it’s long past time to end this obsessive “My Precious” attachment of Americans to instruments of death.”

Author: Tom H. Hastings
Published in: Truth Out http://www.truth-out.org/speakout/item/28264-shoot-down-the-stupid-second-amendment, The Portland Observer, Revolver Pistols http://revolverspistols.com/shoot-down-the-stupid-second-amendment/, Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/26/shoot-down-stupid-second-amendment, Press TV http://en.newhub.shafaqna.com/NN/90592, Tom Hastings Blog http://hastingsnonviolence.blogspot.com/2014/12/shoot-down-stupid-second-amendment.html, South Coast Today http://www.southcoasttoday.com/article/20141227/OPINION/141229650/-1/RSS777?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+neediest-families-fund+%28New+Bedford+Neediest+Families+Fund%29, Las Vegas Informer http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2014/12/31/shoot-stupid-second-amendment/, The Sierra County Prospect http://www.sierracountyprospect.org/2014/12/30/instruments-of-death-123114/, The Gilmer Free Press http://www.gilmerfreepress.net/index.php/site/comments/shoot_down_the_stupid_second_amendment/
Date: December 25,26,29,30,31,2014

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Our Christmas Schizophrenia

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Winslow Myers
“On Christmas Eve 1914, German and British soldiers crept out of their trenches, played soccer together, exchanged gifts of food, and joined in singing carols. Alarmed, commanders on both sides warned of the crime of “fraternizing with the enemy” and the war ground on for an additional four years, not only killing millions but setting the stage for the next world war two decades later.”

Author: Winslow Myers
Published in: Las Vegas Informer http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2014/12/31/christmas-eve-1914-christmas-schizophrenia/, Counter Punch http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/12/25/our-christmas-schizophrenia/, Winslow Myers Op-Eds Blog http://winslowmyersopeds.blogspot.com/, The Gilmer Free Press http://www.gilmerfreepress.net/index.php/site/our_christmas_schizophrenia/, Huntington News http://www.huntingtonnews.net/103518, Grassroots Press http://www.grass-roots-press.com/index.php?s=winslow+myers, The Times of Earth http://www.timesofearth.com/features-views-analysis/our-christmas-schizophrenia.html
Date: December 24,25,31,2014

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How Prosecutors Think

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StuartSlavin
“Those in our lives whom we consider to be most objective, who in many ways are paid to be objective, have repeatedly been shown to be anything but objective. Rather, they make decisions that are consistently influenced by unconscious (implicit) bias. White NBA referees call more fouls against black players than against white; MLB umpires are more likely to erroneously call a ball a strike if an all-star pitcher is on the mound; Israeli judges are more likely to grant parole at the beginning of the day than before lunch; doctors are less likely to provide adequate pain medication to patients of color and, because of bias, are prone to predictable errors in diagnostic reasoning.”

Author: Stuart Slavin, MD, MEd
Published in: Las Vegas Informer http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2014/12/21/prosecutors-think/, Huntington News http://www.huntingtonnews.net/103403, Sky Valley Chronicle http://skyvalleychronicle.com/BREAKING-NEWS/HOW-PROSECUTORS-THINK-br-i-And-what-that-meant-in-the-Michael-Brown-shooting-death-case-i-1962787, Counter Punch http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/12/22/how-prosecutors-think/, Battle Creek Enquirer http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/story/opinion/columnists/2014/12/21/implicit-bias-how-prosecutors-think/20728593/, The Gilmer Free Press http://www.gilmerfreepress.net/index.php/site/how_prosecutors_think/
Date: December 20,21,31,2014

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From slavebreakers to community partners

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MatthewJohnson
“For the longest time I could not speak about Michael Brown, Eric Garner, John Crawford III, Akai Gurley, or any of the many black men who have been slain by police in recent months. I was caught between rage and powerlessness: Is it the right time to talk about solutions when so many are in pain? Is there any way to satisfy the extremes on both sides, where violence is the chosen response? These were two questions I struggled with as a peace activist and restorative justice practitioner — and as a white man.”

Author: Matthew Johnson
Published in: Popular Resistance https://www.popularresistance.org/deep-institutional-racism-calls-for-restorative-response/, Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/19/slave-breakers-community-partners, Matthew Johnson Blog http://writingonthewall275.wordpress.com/2014/10/12/a-little-matter-of-institutional-racism-and-violence/, Grassroots Press http://www.grass-roots-press.com/2014/12/21/from-slave-breakers-to-community-partners/, The Portland Alliance http://www.theportlandalliance.org/racism/, Friends of Peltier Blog http://freepeltiernow.blogspot.com/2014/12/deep-institutional-racism-calls-for.html, Las Vegas Informer http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2014/12/18/slave-breakers-community-partners/, Truth Out http://www.truth-out.org/speakout/item/28188-the-honorable-john-judge-1947-2014, The Sierra County Prospect http://www.sierracountyprospect.org/2014/12/22/we-would-not-need-a-gun-122414/
Date: December 14,15,18,19,21,23,24,2014

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How About Another Christmas Truce?

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Arnold Oliver
“On the evening of December 24th a century ago, peace broke out in the most unlikely of places. In the blasted, putrid trenches of Belgium and France, soldiers fighting on the Western Front put aside their arms in what became known as the Christmas Truce. Although World War I was then only a few months old, there had already been a million combat deaths. Many soldiers were weary of the futility and horrific costs of the war, and thousands of them spontaneously stopped trying to kill each other.”

Author: Arnold J. Oliver
Published in: Joplin Independent http://www.joplinindependent.com/display_article.php/hastings1419101924, Las Vegas Informer http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2014/12/18/another-christmas-truce/, The LaFourche Gazzette (p.3) http://issuu.com/thelafourchegazette/docs/gazette_1221_7d9337cf3d79b7, Nogales International http://www.nogalesinternational.com/opinion/guest_opinion/how-about-another-christmas-truce/article_a73df44e-8ab7-11e4-ba11-179c9a0c5c0e.html, Pagosa Daily Post http://pagosadailypost.com/2014/12/19/essay-the-christmas-truce/, Huntington News http://www.huntingtonnews.net/103319, Truth Out http://www.truth-out.org/speakout/item/28186-how-about-another-christmas-truce, The Detroit News http://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/2014/12/25/oliver-christmas-truce/20865819/, Times Union http://www.timesunion.com/opinion/article/History-of-peace-on-battlefield-5977789.php, The Gilmer Free Press http://www.gilmerfreepress.net/index.php/site/the_real_meaning_of_the_1914_christmas_truce/, The Johnstown Breeze http://newspapersmagazine.com/2152/The%20Johnstown%20Breeze%20Online%20Newspaper/, San Diego Free Press http://rss.persianwet.ir/San_Diego_Free_Press_%E2%80%94_Grassroots_and_Progressive_Views____, Solon Economist, North Liberty Leader, Stanwood Camano News http://www.scnews.com/editorial/article_298e96bc-8ad9-11e4-b7ea-dfada26276ff.html
Date: December 18,19,23,24,25,30,31,2014, January 1,2015

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