Militarism Run Amok: Russians and Americans Get Their Kids Ready for War

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LawrenceWittner
“In 1915, a mother’s protest against funneling children into war became the theme of a new American song, “I Didn’t Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier.” Although the ballad attained great popularity, not everyone liked it. Theodore Roosevelt, a leading militarist of the era, retorted that the proper place for such women was “in a harem?and not in the United States.”

Roosevelt would be happy to learn that, a century later, preparing children for war continues unabated.”

Author: Lawrence S. Wittner
Published in: The Raw Story http://the-raw-story.blogspot.com/2015/09/militarism-run-amok-how-russians-and.html
Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lawrence-wittner/militarism-run-amok-russians-and-americans-get-their-kids-ready-for-war_b_8062364.html
History News Network http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/160416
Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/08/31/militarism-run-amok-russians-and-americans-get-their-kids-ready-war
Counter Punch http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/08/31/militarism-run-amok-how-russians-and-americans-are-preparing-their-children-for-war/
Blacklisted News http://www.blacklistednews.com/Militarism_Run_Amok%3A_How_Russians_and_Americans_are_Preparing_Their_Children_for_War/45986/0/38/38/Y/M.html
Sierra County Prospect http://www.sierracountyprospect.org/2015/09/02/their-kids-ready-for-war-9215/
Date: August 30,31,September 1,5,2015

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How to win hearts and minds in the Middle East

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TomH
“In the field in which I teach, Peace and Conflict Studies, we examine alternatives to violence or the threat of violence in the management of conflict. We are a transdisciplinary field, that is, we don’t only draw from an interdisciplinary set of research findings–e.g. Anthropology, Economics, Education, History, Law, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Sociology–but we do so with certain provisos.”

Author: Tom H. Hastings
Published in: Huntington News http://www.huntingtonnews.net/121123
World Beyond War http://worldbeyondwar.org/how-to-win-hearts-and-minds-in-the-middle-east/
War is a crime http://warisacrime.org/content/how-win-hearts-and-minds-middle-east
Clark Fork Valley Press http://www.vp-mi.com/how-to-win-hearts-and-minds-in-the-middle-east/article_36dc5898-51c3-11e5-817a-fb58a1aa1aa9.html
Grassroots Press http://www.grass-roots-press.com/2015/09/02/how-to-win-hearts-and-minds-in-the-middle-east/
La Progressive https://www.laprogressive.com/middle-eastern-peace/
Date: August 30,31, September 2,2015

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Mass shootings: why more than one per day?

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RobertGould
“The Business Insider reports: “As of August 26, the U.S. has had 247 mass shootings in the first 238 days of 2015. For those keeping track, that’s an average of more than one shooting per day.” Why?

No doubt there are many reasons—many causes. First, let’s be clear on the metrics here. The statistic, above, is for mass shootings, not mass murders. Mass shootings are defined by the Mass Shooting Tracker as a “shooting spree in which four or more people are shot … This differs from the FBI definition in which an event only qualifies as a mass shooting if four or more are killed.””

Author: Robert J. Gould
Published in: Grassroots Press http://www.grass-roots-press.com/2015/08/29/mass-shootings-why-more-than-one-per-day/
Date: August 29,2015

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China’s insecurity

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MelGurtov
“Several developments in China over the past few weeks have shown us a country quite different from the one often portrayed by outsiders—an emerging superpower, with global economic reach and ambitions to challenge American predominance, at least in Asia. The real China, the one most familiar to its citizens, faces serious, long-term problems at home. In just the last few weeks these include a major industrial chemical explosion in Tianjian (just the latest in a string of industrial accidents), successive currency revaluations, a stock market crash, an anti-corruption campaign that has landed quite a few big names, and a widening net to catch lawyers and anyone else who speaks for human rights and the rule of law.”

Author: Mel Gurtov
Published in: Counter Punch http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/08/28/chinas-insecurity/
Mel Gurtov Blog https://mgurtov.wordpress.com/2015/08/27/post-89-chinas-insecurity/
Huntington News http://www.huntingtonnews.net/120990
Date: August 27,28,2015

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Trial by Fire for Ecuador’s President Correa

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JeffreyPugh
“Multi-colored ponchos, lime green government banners, and gray and olive police armor have filled the streets of Quito and other cities in Ecuador this month. Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa and opposition protestors have been engaged in a war of words and displays of physical presence in public spaces since the major nonviolent challengers, the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE), and its allies launched a nationwide strike and march on August 13. Correa is one of the cohort of presidents challenging U.S. hegemony in Latin America, and he has taken over the leading role in promoting regional integration and denouncing U.S. intervention after Hugo Chavez’s death. For this reason the protests, and Correa’s increasingly repressive response to them, will be carefully watched by those in other countries wishing to gauge whether the ‘Bolivarian moment’ has peaked.”

Author: Jeffrey D. Pugh
Published in: Counter Punch http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/08/26/trial-by-fire-for-ecuadors-president-correa/
Truth Out http://www.truth-out.org/speakout/item/32562-trial-by-fire-for-ecuador-s-president-correa
Date: August 26,28,2015

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