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/
Date: May 11,12,13,16,2015

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The Iran framework: A case study in engagement

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MelGurtov
“We have every reason to celebrate the so-called framework agreement with Iran. It exemplifies the best of President Obama’s foreign policy, namely, engaging adversaries. Remember when candidate Obama’s argument for engagement during campaign 2008 was ridiculed by Hillary Clinton, among many others? Now Obama has two major engagement successes to crow about, leaving behind those who are quick to criticize the deals with Cuba and Iran as anything from foolish to treasonous. Needless to say, neither of those understandings is complete; the devil is always in the details, and there are plenty of them. But to reach this point after more than 35 years when other administrations have either failed to cut a deal or refused to try is nothing short of extraordinary. And in the case of Iran, the nuclear agreement comes at a crucial moment, not merely in terms of Iran’s nuclear-weapon potential but more broadly with respect to the chaotic shape of Middle East politics.

John Limbert was a political officer in the US embassy in Tehran when the nightmare hostage crisis unfolded in 1979. Out of his captivity has come a seminal guide, Negotiating with Iran: Wrestling the Ghosts of History (2009), which reflects his deep background in Persian studies and his commitment to dialogue and mutual understanding. His book examines several cases of crisis in Iran and then offers a number of guidelines to successfully negotiating with the Iranians. At a time when we are hearing loud criticisms of the nuclear deal and efforts by Congress members, and Israel, to undermine it, we should pay attention to what experts like Limbert have to say.”

Author: Mel Gurtov
Published in: Mel Gurtov Blog https://mgurtov.wordpress.com/2015/04/08/post-73-the-iran-framework-a-case-study-in-engagement/
Las Vegas Informer http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2015/05/09/iran-framework-case-study-engagement/
The Sierra County Prospect http://www.sierracountyprospect.org/2015/05/06/amazed-conservatives-5615/
Truth Out http://www.truth-out.org/speakout/item/30662-the-iran-framework-a-case-study-in-engagement
Gilmer Free Press http://www.gilmerfreepress.net/index.php/fpopin/the_iran_framework_a_case_study_in_engagement/
Counterpunch http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/05/07/the-iran-framework/
Political Studies of the Middle East http://psmideast.com/2/post/2015/05/the-iran-framework.html
Date: April 9, May 6,7,11,2015

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Time for Americans to Accept Responsibility for Our Military Interventions

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“The United States must accept responsibility for the damage its military actions have caused and recognize there are alternatives for the future.
In the nearly decade and a half since the September 11th, 2001 attacks, the United States has invaded Afghanistan and Iraq, carried out bombing campaigns throughout the Middle East, and launched special operations strikes throughout the world.”

Author: Jared Keyel
Published in: Las Vegas Informer http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2015/05/03/time-americans-accept-responsibility-military-interventions/
The Gilmer Mirror http://www.gilmermirror.com/view/full_story/26614165/article-Time-for-Americans-to-Accept-Responsibility-for-Our-Military-Interventions?instance=lead_story_left_column
Huntington News http://www.huntingtonnews.net/112578
Truth Out http://www.truth-out.org/speakout/item/30617-time-for-americans-to-accept-responsibility-for-our-military-interventions
The Free Weekly http://www.freeweekly.com/2015/05/07/time-for-americans-to-accept-responsibility-for-our-military-interventions/
The Western News http://www.thewesternnews.com/members/america-needs-to-end-pervasive-use-of-force/article_ade14c20-f32f-11e4-b51f-47d276585b1f.html
The Gilmer Free Press http://www.gilmerfreepress.net/index.php/fpopin/time_for_americans_to_accept_responsibility_for_our_military_interventions/
The Sierra County Prospect http://www.sierracountyprospect.org/2015/05/04/gray-skies-are-good-5615/
Grassroots Press http://www.grass-roots-press.com/2015/05/05/time-for-americans-to-accept-responsibility-for-our-military-interventions/
Date: May 3,4,5,7,9,2015

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