Some Thoughts on Provocation

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“Here we go again. Another loud-mouthed commentator perpetuating the storyline that somehow, victims of domestic violence provoke their abusers. This time, it was Steven A. Smith on ESPN’s First Look. In a two minute diatribe Smith at first seem to recognize how appalling it is that Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been suspended for only two games after violently assaulting his then-fiancé (now wife) in an elevator, punching her in the face and knocking her out completely.”

Author: Laura Finley
Published in:
Las Vegas Informer: http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2014/07/28/domestic-violence-thoughts-provocation/, Huntington News: http://www.huntingtonnews.net/91980, Muscatine Journal http://muscatinejournal.com/news/opinion/columns/take-a-second-look-at-your-comments-mr-smith/article_064de431-897b-562f-8f99-3fb058f3b05c.html, Sierra County Prospect http://www.sierracountyprospect.org/category/guest-columnists/laura-finley/
Date: July 28,29, 2014

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Three-fifths of an Attorney General Declares POWs “Non-Persons”

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“Hand it to President Obama for appointing Eric Holder the first African American Attorney General in US history. Then try to fathom that after generations of civil and human rights work by African Americans — whom the US Constitution once called “3/5 of a person” — it is Holder who declared some brown skinned prisoners of war to be “non-persons.” The men are held outside the law by the US at Guantánamo Bay.”

Author: John LaForge
Published in:
Counterpunch: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/07/24/three-fifths-of-an-attorney-general-declares-pows-non-persons/, Duluth Reader: http://duluthreader.com/articles/2014/07/24/3783_two_thirds_of_an_attorney_general_declares_pows, Huntington News: http://www.huntingtonnews.net/91674, Truth Out http://truth-out.org/speakout/item/25181-attorney-general-declares-pows-non-persons
Date: July 23,25, 2014

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Ultrasound

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Coming as it did in time for International Women’s Day, the decision of legislators in Virginia, to require women seeking an abortion to undergo a vaginal probe and see ultrasound images of their unborn infants has aroused considerable outrage. And controversy. Some (mostly Democrats) see it as an invasion of women’s privacy, if not technically a kind of rape, while others (mostly Republicans) say, with the conservative Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, “This law is a victory for women and their unborn children. We thank Gov. McDonnell and Virginia’s pro-life legislators for their work to ensure that women have all the facts and will no longer be kept in the dark about their pregnancies.”

Author: Michael Nagler is the author of The Search for a Nonviolent Future and founder of the Metta Center for Nonviolence based in Petaluma, CA.
Published in: Counterpunch (at http://www.counterpunch.org)
Date: March 12, 2012

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The Rhetoric of Threat is Lethally Obsolete

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When President Obama spoke to the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) lobbying organization, he provided the required red meat—America’s support for Israel remains drum tight, and war on Iran to prevent their acquisition of nuclear weapons continues to be a viable option. Mr. Obama’s pandering (mitigated, in fairness, by his continued commitment to diplomacy) ignored Israel’s own nuclear weapons, and its government’s obdurate support for the settlements that keep eroding Palestinian territory. No doubt it seemed inappropriate to examine the ongoing suffering of the Palestinians with that particular audience—or even the potential suffering of people in Iran and Israel should the dogs of war let loose. He chose instead to use “us against them” language to strengthen his chances for election. Incumbents and candidates must do this in our polarized culture. Not only Jewish-American and Israeli conservatives but also Romney and friends will hold Obama’s feet to the fire.

Author: Winslow Myers, the author of “Living Beyond War: A Citizen’s Guide,” serves on the Board of Beyond War (www.beyondwar.org), a non-profit educational foundation whose mission is to explore, model and promote the means for humanity to live without war.
Published in: TalkGwinnett & The Gwinnett Gazette (at http://talkgwinnett.net/main/section/6-guests/2517-the-rhetoric-of-threat-is-lethally-obsolete); PulverMedia (at http://www.pulvermedia.com/th/the+rhetoric+of+threat+is+lethally+obsolete)
Date: March 6, 2012

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Syria and the U.N.

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Those who have systematically blocked structural reform at the United Nations indirectly have the blood of the Syrian opposition on their hands.

From its creation, the U.N. was set up to give power and special advantage to the victors of World War II, an event now almost seven decades behind us. Since then the growing family of nations has changed much in its geopolitical divisions, but infinitely more in the nature and number of its common security challenges. It is in the interest of the entire planet to prevent a descent into instability in the greater region of which Syria is a part. When China and Russia vetoed condemnation of the brutal Assad regime, they demonstrated the grotesque obsolescence of the way the U.N. is organized.

Author: Winslow Myers, the author of “Living Beyond War: A Citizen’s Guide,” serves on the Board of Beyond War (www.beyondwar.org), a non-profit educational foundation whose mission is to explore, model and promote the means for humanity to live without war.

Published in: Common Dreams (at http://www.commondreams.org/); Huntington News (at http://www.huntingtonnews.net/); Sentinel Standard(at http://www.sentinel-standard.com/); Palo Verde Valley Times (at http://www.paloverdevalleytimes.com/)
Date: March 3,4,7 2012

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