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, Huntington News, Valley Voice p.14, Winslow Myers Blog, Counter Punch, Las Vegas Informer, The Sierra County Prospect, The Times of Earth
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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“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, Common Dreams, Muscatine Journal, Pagosa Daily News, South Coast Today, The Sierra County Prospect, Las Vegas Informer, Before it’s News, Transcend Media Service
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, Counter Punch, San Diego Informer, Truth Out, Valley Voice p.14
Date: February 26,27,March 2,5,2015

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Hope in Hard Times

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“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, The Sierra County Prospect, Huntington News, Bullhead City Bee, Los Angeles Informer, The Johnstown Breeze, The Gilmer Free Press
Date: February 18,19,27,March 2,2015
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Waltzing at the End of the World

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“It’s hard to imagine celebrating nuclear war planning, but that’s what was on the agenda at Hill Air Force Base, near Ogden, Utah last Thursday, Feb. 12.

At an official awards ceremony, there were prizes for “top performers” at the base including Team of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Key Spouse of the Year. Base commander, Col. Ron Jolly, said, “The Airmen here see the big picture and know that it is … about providing support to Team Hill.””

Author: John LaForge
Published in: Counter Punch, Pagosa Daily Post, War is a Crime, My left Blogosphere, The Sierra County Prospect, San Diego Informer, Grassroots Press, The Gilmer Free Press
Date: February 19,20,25,26,2015
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