I’d like to wish you a blessed Christmas Day. I was thinking today of WWI, which was an orgy of international insanity in pursuit of profit. We remember those old songs: “You’re a grand old flag, Give my regards to Broadway, Send the word, the Yanks are coming, pack all your troubles in your old kit bag and smile, smile, smile…” I think the author of that one actually committed suicide. But Irving Berlin did very well as a sunshine patriot. And our young men marched off to die with no idea at all what the war was about. This is the sickness of militarism... Read More →
Well, friends, the “electors” are meeting tomorrow. What did Alexander Hamilton have to say about the electoral college – which has been so bad, so archaic? This maybe the first time it could prove useful. This is Federalist Paper 68 from 1788. Nothing was more to be desired than that every practicable obstacle should be opposed to cabal, intrigue, and corruption. These most deadly adversaries of republican government might naturally have been expected to make their approaches from more than one quarter, but chiefly from the desire in foreign powers to gain an improper... Read More →
Friends, at this time of Thanksgiving, having just received a major blow to so many of our aspirations, and as we continue our organizing with great haste, it is a good time of year to reflect on our blessings and to do what we are able for those who do not share the same bounty. We’ve been doing this a long time at the Office of the Americas. In the 70s, even before the OOA existed, our focus was on the despicable condition of our own US policies and actions in Central America. OOA brought delegations to Nicaragua to enlighten, to educate the delegates so that they could become... Read More →
Friends, today we’re going to talk about Standing Rock. We’d like to say a few words about indigenous people. First I’d like to go to the Declaration of Independence, where our forefathers are talking about insurrections and they’re blaming them on the king. And when they see “he,” they’re talking about the king. “He has exercised domestic insurrections against us, and endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages whose known rule of warfare is the indiscriminate destruction of all ages, sexes and... Read More →
Friends, this was a week of demonstrations. There were 600 peace demonstrations this week. The biggest was at the Pentagon on September 26th – an absolutely magnificent gathering of people in non-violent resistance. People of conscience went to the Pentagon, the seat of US military might, to call for an end to the ongoing wars and occupations waged and supported by the US. War is directly connected to poverty and the destruction of earth’s habitats. The preparation for more war and a new US nuclear arsenal are threats to all live on the planet. Only a trillion dollars set... Read More →
You know, friends, maybe one percent of our congresspeople are peacemakers. It’s just not enough. The republican / democrat pendulum is not doing it. So we have a person who served so well in the congress, Dennis Kucinich, and he spoke to us this week about the monstrous lie of 9/11. He had a very short statement: “As a result of 9/11, America has been trapped inside the heart of darkness, living a lie about a world full of enemies, which we have created, in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria. Only when we know the truth will we at last be set free from endless war. Only when... Read More →
I’m privileged to have Medea Benjamin as a guest. She’s one of the best known and most effective of the 21st century peacemakers. Her book Drone Warfare shows how weapons created an extreme armed response. Medea Benjamin is the co-founder of the women-led peace group CODEPINK and the co-founder of the human rights group Global Exchange. She received numerous prices, including: the Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Prize from the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the Peace Prize by the US Peace Memorial, the Gandhi Peace Award, and the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation Award. Welcome, Medea... Read More →
Today I’m privileged to have Dr. Stephen Zunes. Dr. Stephen Zunes is a Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, where he serves as coordinator of the program in Middle Eastern Studies. Recognized as one the country’s leading scholars of U.S. Middle East policy and of strategic nonviolent action. Professor Zunes serves as a senior policy analyst for Foreign Policy in Focus project of the Institute for Policy Studies, an associate editor of Peace Review, a contributing editor of Tikkun, and a member of the academic advisory council for the... Read More →
Friends, the father of Peace Studies, Johan Galtung, a Norweigan professor, has given a definition of two kinds of journalism. One is called war and violence journalism, and that’s what the commercial media gives us. Now, what does that include, according to Galtung? It includes two parties and one goal, that is to win. So we dehumanize the other party, the women, the children, and they’re all referred to with an infantile phrase, “bad guys.” Everybody’s a bad guy except you. And it’s propaganda oriented. We want to expose the bad guys, and cover up our... Read More →
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