Servant Leaders vs. Empty Suits

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Winslow Myers
“In a normal world, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to a joint session of the U.S. Congress would have been roundly mocked by the audience for its hypocritical fear mongering. In a normal world, 70 years beyond Hiroshima, major powers would have long since acceded to the wishes of their constituents and established far more extensive arms reduction treaties. In a normal world, there would be a single, not a double, standard challenging the undiluted evil of nuclear weapons, no matter who possesses them. That single standard would underpin not only a regional but also a planet-wide effort at nuclear disarmament. And in a normal world, a foreign leader would not have been handed the most prestigious possible venue to undermine delicate, complex negotiations merely to allow him to score political points in two countries simultaneously.”

Author: Winslow Myers
Published in: Las Vegas Informer http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2015/03/05/prime-minister-netanyahu-servant-leaders-vs-empty-suits/, Truth Out http://truth-out.org/speakout/item/29492-servant-leaders-vs-empty-suits, The Gilmer Free Press http://www.gilmerfreepress.net/index.php/site/servant_leaders_vs._empty_suits/, The Portland Alliance http://www.theportlandalliance.org/myers/, Herald Independent http://www.heraldindependent.com/news/editorial/152260494/Servant-Leaders-vs.-Empty-Suits, Grassroots Press http://www.grass-roots-press.com/2015/03/09/servant-leaders-vs-empty-suits/
Date: March 5,6,8,9,10,2015

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Beyond Deterrence, Compassion

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Winslow Myers
“Ronald Reagan’s assertion back in 1984 that “a nuclear war cannot be won and should never be fought” seems to have become accepted across the political spectrum in the U.S. and abroad. The level of destruction that would result would at best make it impossible for medical systems to respond adequately and at worst lead to climate change on a global scale. Reagan continued: “The only value in our two nations possessing nuclear weapons is to make sure they will never be used. But then would it not be better to do away with them entirely?””

Author: Winslow Myers
Published in: Truth Out http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/02/04/beyond-deterrence-compassion/, Huntington News http://www.huntingtonnews.net/105776, Valley Voice p.14 http://issuu.com/ourvalleyvoice/docs/vv_issue_40_combi/14, Winslow Myers Blog http://winslowmyersopeds.blogspot.com/, Counter Punch http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/02/04/beyond-deterrence-compassion/, Las Vegas Informer http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2015/03/01/beyond-deterrence-compassion/, The Sierra County Prospect http://www.sierracountyprospect.org/2015/02/03/chicken-with-putin-2415/, The Times of Earth http://www.timesofearth.com/features-views-analysis/beyond-deterrence-compassion.html
Date: February 3,4,6,March 1,5,2015

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TPP, Peace and Conflict – it’s not about trade, it’s about how we trade

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patrick_hiller1
“Let’s get one thing straight to begin with. Trade is good. We do it all the time. Trade has been pretty much part of recorded human history and evidence reveals prehistorical trade routes in many parts of the world. It becomes a little bit trickier when we look at large-scale international trade agreements. The question as to whether foreign trade promotes peace and development or destructive conflict has been debated for a long time. One of the most current controversies on free trade agreements evolves around the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). The history of free trade agreements, the secrecy around TPP, and the leaked information of the actual agreement suggest tremendous potential for social conflict if implemented.”

Author: Patrick T. Hiller
Published in: Huntington News http://www.huntingtonnews.net/107390, Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/27/tpp-peace-and-conflict-its-not-about-trade-its-about-how-we-trade, Muscatine Journal http://muscatinejournal.com/tpp-peace-and-conflict-it-s-not-about-trade-it/article_17d59faa-8cc5-557a-9e6d-23bfc431038d.html, Pagosa Daily News http://pagosadailypost.com/2015/02/27/essay-international-trade-conflict/, South Coast Today http://www.southcoasttoday.com/article/20150305/OPINION/150309679/101094, The Sierra County Prospect http://www.sierracountyprospect.org/2015/03/04/how-we-trade-3415/, Las Vegas Informer http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2015/03/08/tpp-peace-conflict-trade-trade/, Before it’s News http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2015/03/tpp-peace-and-conflict-its-not-about-trade-its-about-how-we-trade-3119766.html, Transcend Media Service https://www.transcend.org/tms/2015/03/tpp-peace-and-conflict-its-not-about-trade-its-about-how-we-trade/
Date: February 26,27,28,March 5,8,9,2015

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Desert Pilgrimage to the Cradle of the Bomb

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Rivera Sun
“The lawn is mowed. This small detail cracks my heart into pieces. A silent scream wails in the hollow space of my ribs.

I am standing at the birthplace of the atomic bomb.

Green grass slopes down to a pond. A grandfather helps a child circle the concrete walkways on a plastic scooter. Ducks paddle around a metal statue of cranes. The rusted iron of the metal cranes look charred and melting. The lumps and bubbles remind me of the hanging flesh of Hiroshima and Nagasaki victims. Like everything in the mundane city park, the cranes, upon close inspection, cannot hide the fact that this very spot was where the first nuclear bomb was built.”

Author: Rivera Sun
Published in: Huntington News http://www.huntingtonnews.net/107373, Counter Punch http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/02/27/desert-pilgrimage-to-the-cradle-of-the-bomb/, San Diego Informer http://sandiego.informermg.com/2015/03/02/banality-evil-desert-pilgrimage-cradle-bomb/, Truth Out http://www.truth-out.org/speakout/item/29357-desert-pilgrimage-to-the-cradle-of-the-bomb, Valley Voice p.14 http://issuu.com/ourvalleyvoice/docs/vv_issue_40_combi/14
Date: February 26,27,March 2,5,2015

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Hope in Hard Times

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kent_shifferd
“It seems that the news is always full of, well, bad news, such as the long conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. The seemingly intractable war between these two groups has gone on for decades. Too often, all we see in the news are stories of new rocket attacks, new bombings, new assassinations, and implacable hatred. But that is not the whole truth. In her book, From Enemy To Friend, Rabbi Amy Eilberg reports the existence of a different reality. She informs us of “The Bereaved Parents Circle,” which is an organization that brings together families from both sides who have had loved ones killed by the other side. She attended one of their meetings. Two men spoke: Rami (an Israeli) whose 14 year old daughter was killed in a terrorist attack while buying school supplies and Mazen (a Palestinian) whose unarmed father was riddled with bullets by Israeli soldiers for no reason. Each told his story. Then they told the story of an Israeli attack in Gaza aimed at assassinating a terrorist leader which instead killed many sleeping children. Following the attack, local Jews donated blood to help wounded Palestinians. When asked how they could donate blood to “the enemy,” they replied: “It is better to give blood than to spill it.” They started a project in which Palestinians and Jews then donated to a blood bank to help wounded across the region. Then Rami and Mazen, calling each other “brother,” said to the assembled crowd.”

Author: Kent Shifferd
Published in: Truth Out http://www.truth-out.org/speakout/item/29203-hope-in-hard-times, The Sierra County Prospect http://www.sierracountyprospect.org/2015/02/18/hope-in-hard-times-21815/, Huntington News http://www.huntingtonnews.net/106781, Bullhead City Bee http://bullheadcitybee.us/opinions/hope-in-hard-times/, Los Angeles Informer http://losangeles.informermg.com/2015/03/02/hope-peace-hard-times/, The Johnstown Breeze http://myjohnstownbreeze.com/?limitstart=5&fontstyle=f-larger, The Gilmer Free Press http://www.gilmerfreepress.net/index.php/site/C6/
Date: February 18,19,27,March 2,2015
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